The U.S. government will hold seven public meetings during the month of June to examine the country’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-07 [SolarAccess.com] The National Energy Policy released last month by Vice President Dick Cheney recommended a complete review of current funding and historic performance of renewable energy programs funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. To facilitate the review, DOE will accept comments on the programs in seven regional meetings. The Office of EERE funds 31 programs of research, development, demonstration and deployment of advanced energy technologies and practices. The review is organized around five energy sectors: power generation, buildings, industry, transportation and Federal government facilities. DOE says comments should address the objectives of the current energy efficiency and renewable energy research, suggested potential objectives for future programs, implementation of current and future programs, and whether these programs are achieving intended objectives. The public meetings will start June 12 in Atlanta, GE, then move to Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Philadelphia, PA, and then conclude on June 26 in Washington, DC. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes. If there is not sufficient time for all speakers, forms will be available at each location to provide comments. Written comments must be submitted to DOE before June 29 and should be no more than four single spaced pages. All written comments will be included in the proceedings of the seven public meetings. DOE is also inviting their federal partners to submit written comments. Among the programs funded by the Office of EERE are: – Solar Energy Technologies sponsors R&D to improve the performance and reliability while reducing the cost of solar technologies that can harness the sun’s energy. – Wind Energy Program focuses on completing the research, testing, and field verification needed by U.S. industry to fully develop advanced wind energy technologies, and on coordinating with partners and stakeholders to overcome barriers to wind energy use. – Geothermal Technology Development Program works in partnership with U.S. industry to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply, capable of meeting a large portion of the Nation’s heat and power needs. – Hydropower Program improves the technical, economic, and environmental performance of in-place hydropower resources through collaborative research and development with industry and other Federal agencies. – Biopower Program assists the development and utilization of biopower technologies that are clean and reliable, and competitive with conventional power systems. – Distributed Energy Resources Program leads a national effort to develop and integrate the “next generation” of clean, efficient, reliable, and affordable distributed energy technologies; document the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of the expanded use of distributed energy resources and widely disseminate the findings; and implement deployment strategies, including national and international standards, that address infrastructure, energy delivery, institutional, and regulatory needs. – Community Energy Program provides technical assistance, demonstrations, training, and education to communities to accelerate the use of innovative and cost-effective energy technologies, strategies, and methods. The program helps communities, towns, and cities save energy, create jobs, promote economic growth, and protect the environment through improved energy efficiency and less energy intensive building design and operation. Other programs include the Energy Star Program, Buildings Equipment & Materials Program, Commercial Buildings Integration Program, Residential Buildings Integration Program, State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, Departmental Energy Management Program, Office of Federal Energy Management Programs, Industries of the Future (Crosscutting) Initiative, OIT Financial Assistance Program, Industries of the Future program, High Temperature Superconductivity R&D program, Hydrogen Program, International Programs, Advanced Combustion Engine R& D program, Biofuels Program, Electric Vehicles R& D program. Fuel Cell R& D Program, Fuels Utilization R&D Program, Heavy Vehicle Systems R&D Program, Hybrid Systems R&D program, Materials Technologies Program, and Transportation Technology Assistance Program.