When it comes to investing in clean energy, the federal government is all over the case. Eleven government departments and agencies operate a total of 94 programs to encourage clean energy projects and research in private sector buildings, a recent Government Accountability Office report revealed.
And while the president has stressed the importance of government reorganization and downsizing where possible, the administration has largely left dozens of “green” programs in place from previous administrations. The result is a "lasagna" of similar programs layered one on top of the other.
But this array of often overlapping energy-efficient building programs is inefficient and potentially wasteful itself, the GAO report found.
“How can you deliver services and achieve the overall goal of saving energy when every cook in the federal government is trying to get their hands in the energy-efficiency pot?”