Campaign Promises

Cabinet/Departments -> Energy -> Conservation

The Promise: "Will call on businesses, government and the American people to meet the goal of reducing our demand for electricity 15 percent by the end of the next decade."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "New Energy for America" dated 09/06/08.
Status:U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data in its "Annual Energy Outlook" report for CY2012 indicated that the demand for electricity in the USA would grow by 22% from 3.877B kilowatthours in CY2010 to 4.716B kilowatthours in CY2035.

The same report indicates that residential electricity demand will grow 18% and commercial demand will grow by 28% over the same timeframe. Electricity demand in the transportation sector will reportedly triple from 7B kilowatthours in CY2010 to 22B kilowatthours in CY2035.

While President Obama did call on the nation to double its production of renewable electricity by CY2020 and double its energy efficiency by CY2030 in his 02/12/13 State of the Union address, he did not specifically call on America to reduce its electricity demand by 15% at any time during his two terms in office.

This promise was not fulfilled.
The Promise: "...will require governors and local leaders in our metropolitan areas to make energy conservation a required part of their planning for the expenditure of federal transportation funds."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Strengthening America's Transportation Infrastructure" dated 10/09/08.
Status:The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for the first time funded the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program which, in part, was designed to develop, promote, implement and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects down to the state, county and city level designed to improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector.

Initially funded at $3.2B under the ARRA, the EECBG had $1.8B for cities and counties, $767M for states, $54M for Indian Tribes, and $454M for competitive grants.

The above funds were not directly tied to the allocation of federal transportation funds at the state and local levels.

Title 23, Highways, of the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR) Section 450.316 (Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process) mandates "consistency of metropolitan transportation planning with applicable federal, state, and local energy conservation programs, goals, and objectives." But 23 CFR does not stipulate that the allocation of transportation funds is contingent upon compliance with this law.

Although President Obama has championed energy conservation throughout his two terms in office, there is no record that he has "required" governors and local leaders to make energy conservation a "required" part of their transportation fund expenditure plans.

This promise was not fulfilled.