This update on the federal stimulus energy funds is provided by Larry Persily from Representative Hawker’s office.
It looks like the Legislature will receive a response within the next week or two from the Department of Energy, answering whether lawmakers can wait until January to override the governor’s veto of $28.56 million in energy-efficiency economic stimulus funds and whether a legislative resolution would be sufficient if the governor still declined to participate in the funding program.
The Department of Energy also said the draft preliminary compliance guidelines issued last week for states that participate in the energy-efficiency program are totally voluntary. “It’s just a guideline,” said senior staff for State Energy Programs at the department. It’s merely a voluntary set of reporting guidelines if states choose to use them so that they can compare their energy-efficiency successes to other states using the same tools (they call them metrics). I confirmed this with the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program manager at DOE, in addition to the State Energy Programs office.