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House Committee Seeks More Money for Energy Star, FEMP



The House Appropriations Committee has added tens of millions of dollars in fiscal year 2008 funding for key energy-efficiency programs, reversing years of declining funding, according to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE).


By CP Editorial Staff   Energy Efficiency

The House Appropriations Committee has added tens of millions of dollars in fiscal year 2008 funding for key energy-efficiency programs, reversing years of declining funding, according to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). Key elements of the appropriations bill include:

* Energy Star, EPA portion. The committee has funded Energy Star at $52 million, nearly $6 million above the current level.
* Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The committee has provided $27 million for FEMP, an $8 million increase and the largest funding increase for this program in years.
* Commercial Buildings Initiative. The committee approved $15 million to develop a new long-term, zero-energy commercial buildings initiative intended to eliminate energy use in this sector over the coming years.
* Building codes. The committee added $10 million above the administration's $3.8 million request to help states comply with building codes and to help train builders and inspectors in this area.



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