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DOE - 75257 - Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameEfficiency and Renewables Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2012Committee Number75257
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date8/8/2012Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date11/1/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date8/8/2012Designated Federal Officer First Name*JoAnn
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthoritySecretarial MemoDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Milliken
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 586-2480
Effective Date Of Authority*10/29/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*N/A
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*To accomplish its purpose, the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee focuses on the following activities, as directed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Periodic reviews of the diverse elements of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolio including energy efficiency programs (e.g., buildings, industrial, vehicles, etc.), renewable energy programs (e.g., solar, wind, biomass, etc.), and crosscutting activities (e.g., analysis, policy and deployment, work force development). The Committee provides:• Advice on competing long-range plans, priorities, and strategies to support EERE's mission. • Advice on appropriate levels of funding to develop those plans, priorities and strategies, to help maintain an appropriate balance between competing elements of the EERE programs. • Advice on specific issues of concern to DOE as requested by the Secretary of Energy or the Assistant Secretary for EERE.
How is membership balanced?*Members shall reflect the wide diversity of scientific and technical disciplines and competencies related to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's research, development, demonstration and deployment portfolio, including energy efficiency programs (e.g. buildings, industrial, vehicles), renewable energy programs (e.g. solar, wind, biomass), and crosscutting activities (e.g. analysis, policy and deployment, workforce development). Members will be drawn from, but not limited to, domestic industry, academia, professional organizations, financial organizations, environmental organizations, and other Federal agencies and laboratories.Members are selected on the basis of established records of distinguished service in their professional community and their knowledge related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Department will assess the qualifications and expertise of members to fit its needs and the Committee's focus.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee will meet periodically, approximately two times a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee was created to augment the efforts of EERE and ensure EERE/DOE supports the research development and demonstration of transformative energy technologies. Specifically, the Committee was created to provide advice regarding all aspects of EERE’s policy and programmatic portfolio. The views and opinions of ERAC's expert and representative members are invaluable to DOE. The knowledge and expertise of the Committee's members are are not available within DOE, and cannot be provided more cost effectively by any other means.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksEERE would like to discontinue ERAC by not renewing its charter. EERE Program Managers have pointed out that EERE's technical programs (i.e., Biomass Program, Buildings Technologies Program, etc.) have various mechanisms in place for getting expert advice on their portfolios and plans – focused workshops with stakeholders, formal requests for information, annual program reviews, and formal and informal industry partnerships. Some of EERE's technical programs such as Biomass and Fuel Cells, have mandated Federal advisory committees that meet regularly. In addition, the National Academy of Sciences is mandated to provide periodic reviews and recommendations for some programs, such as Vehicles and Fuel Cells. Based on this feedback from EERE programs, we believe that continuation of ERAC is no longer relevant to the Committee's mission to provide advice to the Secretary of Energy on the activities of the Office of EERE.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNo cost savings have been determined. On February 10, 2012 DOE published a Federal Register notice containing consensus conservation standards achieved during the Committee's negotiated rulemaking efforts for distribution transformers. The potential benefits are discussed in the Federal Register notice, FR Doc. 2012–2642.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*1Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentOn January 12, 2012 the members of the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC) convened to consider the formal transmission of the Appliance Standards Subcommittee’s Distribution Transformer Working Groups’ results to EERE for its rulemaking efforts. The Committee heard from John Cymbalsky of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program, who summarized the activities and results of the transformer working groups over the past five months. A quorum was met and a consensus vote was reached that ERAC formally transmit a resolution with recommendations to the Secretary of Energy that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to be published in the Federal Register by February 1, 2012, contain the consensus conservation standards achieved during the negotiated rulemaking efforts. It is important to note that technical and analytical issues had been addressed previously, in several public meetings held by the working groups. Additionally, members of the public and stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit written comments in reaction to the published NOPR.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe DOE published the distribution transformer conservation standards achieved by consensus in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/A - All recommendations have been fully implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNote, the ERAC committee has been terminated as of August 8, 2012.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided at schedule Committee meetings.Narrative Description*The Committee will be responsible for the overarching topic of EERE Strategy and Management, providing advice on: the EERE strategy; program prioritization and linkages within EERE; staffing and management; engagement outside EERE including other parts of DOE, other governmental agencies, industry, universities, labs, and other stakeholders; and overall EERE leadership. To facilitate the functioning of the Committee, subcommittees may be formed with DOE approval. The objectives of the Subcommittees are to make recommendations to the parent Committee with respect to particular matters related to the responsibilities of the parent Committee. Such Subcommittees or workgroups may not work independently of the chartered Committee and must report their recommendations and advice to the full Committee for full deliberations and discussion.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$31,151.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$24,692.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$107,332.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$163,175.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.23Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-007797Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee2011