“Democrats Hit DOE For Holding Back Energy Efficiency Funds”

“Democrats on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee grilled Department of Energy (DOE) staff Wednesday on delays in releasing funds for energy efficiency research, a topic that has broad bipartisan support in Congress but not from the White House.

Members on both sides of the aisle have repeatedly listed energy efficiency measures as a must-have feature in any eventual climate legislation. But the Trump administration has repeatedly sought to ax numerous such programs in its budget.

“One of the sources of our unhappiness here is when we make a clear statement that we want something funded at a certain level, we expect that be executed in good faith [and] it's unclear to many of us there has been good faith,” said Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) to Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill February 2, 2020.