In the following letter, Standard Solar CEO, Tony Clifford encourages US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu not to cut funding for the State Energy Program.
April 17, 2011
The Honorable Steven Chu
Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
Re: State Energy Program (“SEP”) Funding
Dear Secretary Chu:
I understand that the FY’11 Congressional budget agreement reduces the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accounts within the Department of Energy (DOE) by 20%, and I understand that you have discretion in how to make the cuts. In exercising your discretion, I respectfully request that you fully fund the State Energy Program (SEP) at $50 million base. This program is critically important to solar energy development in the states in which we operate, and it has had a significant positive impact on my company.
Standard Solar is now operating in ten states. Thus I have had the opportunity to personally observe how important SEP funding is in multiple states. In our home state of Maryland, for example, the Maryland Energy Administration has taken a leadership role in advancing the solar energy industry throughout the state. MEA’s SEP-funded Project Sunburst and its commercial and residential solar grants have substantially benefitted Standard Solar and the rest of the solar industry.
To continue helping my company and other clean energy firms grow and prosper, the solar industry needs a reliable and flexible source of federal funds from SEP. The $50 million is money well spent.
Anthony E. Clifford
Chief Executive Officer
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