Recommendations for the U.S. Department of Energy's FY'08 Sustainable Energy Budget

The following list provides a summary of the Fiscal Year 2008 (FY'08) funding levels being proposed by various sustainable energy advocacy organizations for a number of the renewable energy and energy efficiency technology programs in the U.S. Department of Energy.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NETWORK

8606 Greenwood Avenue, #2
Takoma Park, MD 20912
sustainable-energy-network@hotmail.com


MEDIA ADVISORY

FISCAL YEAR 2008 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS

For Release: Friday, February 2, 2007

Contact: Ken Bossong 301-588-4741 or 202-293-2898, x.201

WASHINGTON DC -- The following list provides a summary of the Fiscal Year 2008 (FY'08) funding levels being proposed by various sustainable energy advocacy organizations for a number of the renewable energy and energy efficiency technology programs in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Administration will be presenting its FY'08 budget recommendations for all federal programs, including DOE, on Monday - February 5.

The organizations whose recommendations are provided below include:

1.) Biomass Coordinating Council
2.) Geothermal Energy Association
3.) National Hydropower Association
4.) Solar Energy Industries Association
5.) American Wind Energy Association
6.) American Public Power Association
7.) The Stella Group, Ltd.
8.) Solena Group, Inc.
9.) American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
10.) Alliance to Save Energy
11.) U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association
12.) Breakthrough Technologies Institute (and National Hydrogen Association)
13.) National Association of State Energy Officials

Each of the budget recommendations presented below represents the position of only the individual organization proposing them.

For further information on the justification for the proposed budget numbers or for details on how the funds could best be spent within each program account, please contact the corresponding organization.

================================
================================

I.) Biomass Coordinating Council:

BIOFUELS: $700.0 Million

Expanded RDD$D for cellulosic programs and biorefinery grants and loan guarantee programs

BIOPOWER: $100.0 Million

For technologies to support biofuels plants, government facilities and public institutions to reduce use of fossil fuels.

CONTACT: William Holmberg, Biomass Coordinating Council, 1629 K St., NW; Suite 210; Washington DC 20006 202-393-0001, x.7588; biorefiner@aol.com

# # # # # # # # # # # #

II.) Geothermal Energy Association:

GEOTHERMAL: $75.0 Million

This is consistent with the Energy Policy Act of 2005's directive that "The Secretary shall conduct a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application for geothermal energy..."

CONTACT: Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association, 209 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.; 2nd floor; Washington, D.C. 20003; 202-454-5264; karl@geo-energy.org

# # # # # # # # # # # #

III.) National Hydropower Association:

HYDROPOWER: $12.0 Million

To encourage the development and deployment of new emerging hydropower technologies - ocean wave, tidal and in-stream hydrokinetic - and to increase capacity at existing facilities through the development and installation of the "next generation" of hydropower equipment.

CONTACT: Jeff Leahey, National Hydropower Association, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.; Suite #850; Washington, D.C. 20001; 202-682-1700; jeff@hydro.org

# # # # # # # # # # # #

IV.) Solar Energy Industries Association:

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS: $175.0 Million

CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER: $25.0 Million

SOLAR HEATING AND LIGHTING: $10.0 Million

To fund the President's Solar America Initiative, a major new R&D initiative to achieve cost-competitive solar energy technologies across all market sectors by 2015.

CONTACT: Noah Kaye, Director of Public Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA); 805 15th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20005; 202-682-0556; nkaye@seia.org

# # # # # # # # # # # #

V.) American Wind Energy Association:

WIND POWER TECHNOLOGIES: $110.0 Million

Funding would be focused on developing next-generation large wind turbines as well as research and development for next-generation small wind turbines.

CONTACT: Bree A. Raum, American Wind Energy Association, 1101 14th Street, N.W.; 12th floor; Washington, D.C. 20005202-383-2513; braum@awea.org

# # # # # # # # # # # #

VI.) American Public Power Association:

RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION INCENTIVE: $80.0 Million

This would fully fund all past and current REPI applicants.

CONTACT: Claude P. Boudrias, American Public Power Association, 2301 "M" Street, NW Washington, DC 20037; 202-467-2929; cboudrias@appanet.org

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

VII.) The Stella Group, Ltd.

SMALL WIND TECHNOLOGIES: $7.0 Million

A sub-account within the wind budget.

MODULAR BIOMASS: $7.5 Million

A sub-account within the biomass budget

CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER: $35.0 Million

A sub-account within the solar budget

SOLAR BUILDINGS: $10.0 Million

A sub-account within the solar budget

MISCELLANEOUS WATER POWER TECHNOLOGIES: $15.0 Million

For technology validation of free-flow hydropower, tidal, wave and ocean current technologies to be cost-shared by State and local government RD&D programs

CONTACT: Scott Sklar, The Stella Group, Ltd; 1616 "H" Street, N.W.; 10th floor; Washington, D.C. 20006-4999; 202-347-2214; solarsklar@aol.com

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

VIII.) Solena Group, Inc.

BIOMASS-TO-SYNGAS PRODUCTION: $100.0 Million

For loan guarantees for plants gasifying biomass and agricultural wastes to produce a syngas that can be used in combined cycle to produce renewable power. This would be a sub-account of the biomass program.

CONTACT: Dennis F. Miller (Chief Scientist and Vice President); Solena Group, Inc.; 1900 "K" Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20006; 202-682-2405; Dmiller@solenagroup.com

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

IX.) American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy:

VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES - ENERGY EFFICIENCY RD&D: $200.0 Million

With emphasis on advanced materials, hybrid propulsion, and heavy vehicle systems.

BUILDINGS TECHNOLOGIES - ENERGY EFFICIENCY RD&D: $85.0 Million

With emphasis on appliance standards, emerging technologies, commercial building integration, and residential building integration

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES - ENERGY EFFICIENCY RD&D: $75.0 Million

To support sector-specific and cross-cutting RD&D programs.

CONTACT: Bill Prindle (Acting Executive Director), American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 1101 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.; #801; Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-429-8873 x.710; bprindle@aceee.org

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

X.) Alliance to Save Energy:

ENERGY EFFICIENCY R&D AND DEPLOYMENT PROGRAMS: $865.0 Million

Note: This figure does not include the additional funding needed by the State Energy Program and Weatherization accounts (see NASEO recommendations further down).

APPLIANCE STANDARDS: $20.0 million

FEDERAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: $30.0 Million

CONTACT: Lowell Ungar, Alliance to Save Energy, 1850 "M" Street N.W.; Suite 600; Washington, DC 20036; 202-530-2236; lungar@ase.org

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

XI.) U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association:

DISTRIBUTED ENERGY PROGRAM: $60.6 Million

This is consistent with the 2006 authorized level (the Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes authorization of $730 million for DE over the next three years). Also shift of major program elements back to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

CONTACT: Paul Bautista, U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association; 5004 Fort Sumner Drive; Bethesda, MD 20816; 301-320-2505; paul.bautista@comcast.net

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

XII.) Breakthrough Technologies Institute (and the National Hydrogen Association)

FUEL CELL AND RELATED HYDROGEN RESEARCH: $555.0 Million

This would bring the program up to the 2006 authorized level (EPAct'05 authorized level for 2008 is $739.5 million for EERE and Science, but not nuclear and FutureGen).

CONTACT: Bob Rose, Breakthrough Technologies Institute, 1100 "H" Street, N.W.; Suite 800; Washington, DC 20006-5482; 202-785-4222, ext. 11; brose@fuelcells.org

and/or

Jerry Hinkle (Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs), National Hydrogen Association, 1800 "M" St N.W.; Suite 300 North; Washington, DC 20036-5802; 202-261-1307; HinkleJ@HydrogenAssociation.org

# # # # # # # # # # # # #

XIII.) National Association of State Energy Officials:

STATE ENERGY PROGRAM: $80.0 Million

The FY'07 authorized level is $100 million.

WEATHERIZATION: $300.0 Million

The authorized level is $600 million.

CONTACT: Jeff Genzer (General Counsel), National Association of State Energy Officials, c/o Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.; 1615 "M" Street, N.W.; Suite 800; Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-467-6370; JCG@dwgp.com

==================================

Featured Product

sonnenBatterie eco

sonnenBatterie eco

The sonnenBatterie eco is a fully-integrated, all-in-one residential energy storage solution that utilizes intelligent energy management software and lithium-ion batteries to turn houses into smart energy homes. The system is available in a variety of storage capacities and configurations, allowing for extensibility and expansion and integrates with new and existing PV systems. The sonnenBatterie eco allows customers to save money every single day by storing excess energy generated by solar PV systems and using the stored energy from the battery to power homes when the utility rates are more expensive or when the grid is out of service in addition to enabling customers to go off-grid.