02 May '11, 7pm

Why EIA funding cuts may disrupt energy efficiency investments:

This post was written by R. Neal Elliott, associate director for research at ACEEE and a contributing author at the ACEEE blog . Last Thursday, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced cuts in Energy Data and Analysis Programs resulting from the fiscal year 2011 budget deal. While the 14 percent annual cut looks small, because we are halfway through the fiscal year, this translates into a much larger cut for the remainder of the year, which ends in September. Among the reductions announced are national surveys that collect data on energy investment and usage -- data that can't be collected in the future if it isn't collected now. While efforts to reduce the deficit necessitate painful cuts to important programs at many levels of government, the cuts at EIA are particularly harmful. These reductions will deprive energy users, businesses, utility regulators, and...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-05-02-why-eia-fun...

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