Building Performance Association Calls on Congress to Properly Prioritize Clean, Efficient Energy Use
May 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katie Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications
May 23, 2017 – Washington DC – Today, President Trump released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes a 72% cut in funding for residential energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program are zeroed out completely in the President’s budget.
DOE’s residential energy efficiency programs at are vital to advancing the energy efficiency of homes across the nation. President Trump has repeatedly claimed to support building America’s infrastructure and has mentioned his concern about the cost of America’s energy bills. Slashing funding for programs that advance residential infrastructure runs counter to the President’s stated goals and is the wrong direction for the country.
“As an alliance of like-minded organizations working to ensure all homes are healthy, comfortable and energy efficient, we strongly disagree with these cuts. We urgently call on Congress to demonstrate the priorities of the country to promote clean, efficient energy use in residential buildings,” said Brian T. Castelli, President and CEO of HPC. “Our overarching mission is to create efficient and sustainable homes and communities, for all Americans. Therefore we urge the President to keep his word and work with Congress to shape a common sense budget that protects our homes, families and communities.”