The United States government has started a strategic review of its programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-25 [SolarAccess.com] Energy secretary Spencer Abraham has directed the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in his Department of Energy to undertake a review of its energy efficiency research and development programs. The review is the first recommendation of the National Energy Policy to be implemented since it was announced earlier this month. “The President offered the American people a balanced and comprehensive plan to address our nation’s energy challenges,” says Abraham. “With energy demand outpacing supply, it’s also clear that the National Energy Policy is urgently needed. That’s why we are moving swiftly at the Department of Energy to implement key recommendations contained in the plan.” The energy policy recommends a review of current funding and historic performance of DOE’s energy efficiency research and development programs. Abraham will propose appropriate funding of those research and development programs that are found to be performance-based and are modeled as public-private partnerships. “Today we are announcing a program review that highlights the balance in the President’s policy,” he explains. “This review will identify ways to improve the lives of Americans through energy efficiency while streamlining our programs and saving taxpayer dollars. I welcome the public’s input in this comprehensive review.” Public input will be sought at the outset of the review, which will evaluate past performance and identify ideas for future public-private partnerships. This review will complement a current National Academy of Sciences study, which is expected to be released this summer. Abraham says July 10 is the deadline for the initial phase of the review, with the final phase to be completed by September.