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Federal Energy Efficiency Programs Spared Budget Ax; Congress Saves Jobs and Consumer Dollars in Southwestern States

The U.S. Congress today approved, and the president signed into law, a total budget of $1.17 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy efficiency programs for FY18, a 12 percent increase over the $1.04 billion lawmakers approved in FY17 and a sum more than four times the $231.5 million that the Trump Administration proposed for these programs. In addition, the federal budget maintains the funding for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR programs in FY18 at the same level as in FY17, again ignoring deep cuts requested by the Administration.

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