Energy Environment  
&
Deep Cuts to the Energy Star Program  
Are Part of House Budget Bill  
he House of Representatives legislation, which cleared the commit- federal programs in history,” she said  
passed an appropriations pack- tee in July. “However, program adjust- in a statement. “Energy Star has been  
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age in September that preserves ments or reforms may be warranted.”  
the Energy Star program while slash-  
such a money-saver for consumers  
In March, President Trump’s budget and businesses because the products  
ing its budget for 2018. The collection proposal for 2018 called for Energy deliver enormous energy savings, and  
of spending bills could wind up being Star to be defunded and its functions we can trust the label ... Taking an ax  
part of the final federal budget for 2018. possibly transferred to a non-govern- to Energy Star would make it difficult  
The 2018 spending bill would fund mental entity.  
Energy Star at $31 million. That’s 53  
Approximately 300 fenestration in- certify new energy-efficient products.  
percent less than 2017’s funding level. dustry companies are listed as partners This would not only hurt consumers  
if not impossible for the program to  
The committee continues to sup- on the Energy Star website.  
port the Energy Star program and  
but also the more than 16,000 com-  
Kateri Callahan, president of the Al- panies and organizations that have  
does not terminate the program as liance to Save Energy,criticized the bill. invested valuable time and resources  
proposed,” the House Appropriations  
“Let’s be clear: This would be a debil- to make products that qualify for  
Committee wrote in its report on the itating cut to one of the most popular Energy Star.” s  
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