Deadline Approaches for Input to Review of Renewables

Friday June 29 is the day on which the U.S. government will stop accepting comments on its review of renewable energy programs in that country.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-21 [SolarAccess.com] Friday June 29 is the day on which the U.S. government will stop accepting comments on its review of renewable energy programs in that country. The Department of Energy is concluding a series of seven public meetings across the country that will allow the general public, politicians and energy experts to provide information regarding the current funding and historic performance of programs in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The meetings are part of a comprehensive review of the programs launched last month by President George Bush. “Energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy resources are critical elements of the President’s National Energy Policy,” says Energy secretary Spencer Abraham. “The public’s input at these meetings will help us identify opportunities for future research and investment while assessing our past effectiveness in these areas.” The EERE Office funds research, development, demonstration and deployment of affordable, advanced energy technologies and practices in buildings, industry, transportation, power generation and delivery, and federal government facilities. The day-long meetings started June 12 in Atlanta, and have been held in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Denver and Philadelphia. The final public session is scheduled for June 26 in Washington. Speakers have been limited to five minutes of comments, which must address the objectives of current renewable energy and efficiency research, suggested potential objectives for future programs and implementation of current and future programs, and whether these federal programs are achieving intended objectives. Written comments will also be accepted until the close of business on June 29. Written comments should be no more than four single spaced pages, using 12 pitch font and 1 inch margins. All written comments will be included in the proceedings of the seven public meetings. Written comments may be sent Bonny Overton at DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, EE 3.1, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, or via e-mail to EERENEP.comments@ee.doe.gov.
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