The Department of Energy and EPA energy efficiency programs, despite their demonstrated benefits, could receive huge budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year. According to a 2017 DOE report, the Southwestern states (AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT, and WY) are home to 123,000 energy efficiency jobs - more jobs, in fact, than any other segment of the energy industry, including oil and gas production. The federal energy efficiency programs support and contribute to these jobs, while providing significant energy and cost savings to businesses and consumers, and significant reductions in emissions of CO2 and other pollutants.
In 2017, SWEEP began educating federal policy-makers about the benefits of the DOE and EPA energy efficiency programs, with the goal of helping to protect their funding levels.
- State fact sheets on benefits of DOE energy efficiency programs:
- State fact sheets on benefits of EPA ENERGY STAR programs:
- Business letters in support of federal energy efficiency programs: