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The bill to fund the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) includes matters important to many municipalities, including the Weatherization Assistance Program, which aims to reduce energy costs for low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, and funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which supports programs such as the Better Buildings Challenge and SunShot program aimed at increasing energy savings from buildings and promoting renewable energy generation. While the Weatherization program would receive level funding compared to FY17, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is facing a proposed cut of $1 billion compared to FY17.

Similar to the Interior-Environment bill, Energy-Water bill also includes a policy rider that would allow the Army Corps to withdraw the 2015 Clean Water Rule without following the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act and the requirement for public notice and comment period.

The following chart compares funding for key municipal programs in the current (FY ’17) Budget along with funding requests in the President’s proposal, as well as funding authorized in the bills approved by the House Appropriations Committee:

Program FY’17 Budget President’s Proposal FY’18 House Bill
Weatherization
Assistance Program
 $211.6 million  Eliminated  $211.6 million
 Office of  Energy
Efficiency and
Renewable Energy
 $2.1 billion  $636 million  $1.1 billion
State Energy Program $50 million  Eliminated $50 million

Contacts:

  • Michael Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njslom.org, 609-695-3481 x120;
  • Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njslom.org 609-695-3481 x121;

 

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