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Energy Department Budget Proposal

Energy Department Budget Proposal

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Funding Highlights:
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Provides $27.2 billion in discretionary unds, a 3.2 percent increase above the 2012 enactedlevel. This request includes increased unding or priority areas such as clean energy,research and development to spur innovation, and advanced manuacturing. Savings andefciencies are achieved through cuts to inefcient and outdated ossil uel subsidies, low-priority and low-perorming programs, and by concentrating resources on ull utilization oexisting acilities and inrastructure.
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Increases unding or applied research, development, and demonstration in the Ofce oEnergy Efciency and Renewable Energy. The Budget also maintains and expands undingor the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. These investments in high-perormingprograms will help position the United States as a world leader in the clean energy economy,and create the oundation or new industries and new jobs.
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Improves the competitiveness o U.S. industries by more than doubling research anddevelopment on advanced manuacturing processes and advanced industrial materials,enabling companies to cut costs by using less energy while improving product quality.
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Works through the President’s Better Building Initiative to make non-residential buildings moreenergy efcient by catalyzing private sector investment. Creates jobs through mandatoryunding or HomeStar incentives to consumers to make their homes more energy efcient.
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Promotes basic research through $5 billion in unding to the Ofce o Science.
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Positions the Environmental Management program to meet its legally enorceable cleanupcommitments at sites across the country.
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Continues investments to maintain a sae, secure, and eective nuclear weapons stockpilein support o the planned decrease in deployed U.S. and Russian weapons under the NewStrategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
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Strengthens national security through unding or securing, disposing o, and detectingnuclear and radiological material worldwide.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
 
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYThe Department o Energy (DOE) is chargedwith advancing the national, economic, andenergy security o the United States; promotingscientic and technological innovation in supporto that mission; maintaining the Nation’s nuclearweapons and reducing nuclear dangers; and en-suring the environmental cleanup o the nationalnuclear weapons complex. It acilitates some o the President’s highest priorities: clean energyand innovation, which are critical to job creation,long-term economic stability, and national secu-rity. The President’s 2013 Budget provides $27.2billion in discretionary unds or DOE to supportthis mission, a 3.2 percent increase above the2012 enacted level. In light o the tight discre-tionary spending caps, this increase in unding issignicant and a testament to the importance o innovation and clean energy to the country’s eco-nomic uture. While the Budget includes undingincreases in these critical areas, the Administra-tion has identied areas or savings and ecien-cy, such as pursuing alternative approaches to thePit Disassembly and Conversion project and re-structuring plans or maintaining the necessaryplutonium capabilities or the nuclear stockpile,transitioning the Second Line o Deense programto a sustainment phase, and concentrating undson ully utilizing our investments in scienticacilities.
 Invests in Clean Energy, Innovation,and Jobs o the Future
Funds Clean Energy Research, Develop-ment, and Deployment to Keep AmericaCompetitive.
To lead in the industries o tomor-row, it is critical that we invest in research anddevelopment (R&D) today. The Budget includes$2.3 billion or the Oce o Energy Eciencyand Renewable Energy (EERE). These unds arepart o a broad energy strategy that emphasizespriorities in clean energy and advanced manu-acturing, through grants, nancing assistance,and tax incentives that accelerate undamentalresearch, technology development, and commer-cialization. Within EERE, the Budget increasesunding by nearly 80 percent or energy eciencyactivities to improve the energy productivity andcompetitiveness o our industries and businesses.It increases unding or the development o thenext generation o advanced vehicles and biou-els, and it maintains crucial support or research,development, and demonstration o renewableelectricity generation, including: $310 million orthe SunShot Initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive nationwide without subsidies by theend o the decade; $95 million or wind energy,including o-shore wind technologies; and $65million or geothermal energy and enhanced geo-thermal systems. The Budget also provides $770million or the Oce o Nuclear Energy, whichincludes unding or advanced small modularreactors R&D. Other priority activities includeR&D on storage, transportation, and disposal o nuclear waste that supports the implementationo recommendations put orward by the Blue Rib-bon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.The Budget includes unding to maintain andexpand the deployment o new models o energyresearch pioneered in the last several years, in-cluding $350 million or the Advanced ResearchProjects Agency–Energy, a program that seeks tound transormative energy research.
Supports Critical Natural Gas ResearchInitiative.
As part o an overall investment o $421 million in ossil energy R&D, the Budgetincludes $12 million to und a multi-yearresearch initiative aimed at advancing technol-ogy and methods to saely and responsibly devel-op America’s natural gas resources. Specically,DOE, in collaboration with the EnvironmentalProtection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey,will ocus on understanding and reducing theenvironmental, health, and saety risks o naturalgas and oil production rom hydraulic racturingin shale and other geologic ormations.
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Eliminates $4 billion annually in inefcient and outdated ossil uel subsidies.
 
THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013
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Saves Manuacturers Money by Im-proving Energy Efciency.
The President’s Advanced Manuacturing Partnership invests ina national eort to develop and commercialize theemerging technologies that will create high qual-ity manuacturing jobs and enhance our globalcompetitiveness. By coordinating across Federalagencies and collaborating with the private sec-tor, it will provide the platorm or inventing newmanuacturing technologies, speeding ideas romthe drawing board to the manuacturing foor,scaling-up rst-o-a-kind technologies, and devel-oping the inrastructure and shared acilities toallow small and mid-sized manuacturers to inno- vate and compete. As an integral part o this ini-tiative, the Budget provides DOE with $290 mil-lion to expand R&D on innovative manuacturingprocesses and advanced industrial materials thatwill enable U.S. companies to cut the costs o man-uacturing by using less energy, while improvingproduct quality and accelerating product devel-opment. The Budget also continues to support thedevelopment o competitive new manuacturingprocesses or advanced vehicles, biouels, solarenergy, and other new clean energy technology, tohelp ensure that the technologies invented hereare manuactured here. The Budget also helpsconsumers save money through the continuedintroduction o appliance eciency standards.
Invests in Long-Range R&D to Keep America Competitive.
The Oce o Science,the largest civilian source o physical sciencesresearch unding, will receive $5 billion tocontinue cutting-edge R&D that is the ounda-tion o the U.S. economic competitiveness. Thisalso unds investments in critical national assets,such as national supercomputers, which areessential to competing in the global economy andto maintaining our national security. The Oceo Science unds research grants and scienticactivities in key areas o science, including phys-ics, materials, and chemistry. In addition, theOce o Science operates U.S. light sources thatare used by both biologists and physical scientiststo understand the molecular structure o materi-als and the processes o chemical reactions.
Cuts Wasteul Spending and Improves Efciency
Eliminates Inefcient Fossil Fuel Sub-sidies.
As we continue to pursue clean energytechnologies that will support uture economicgrowth, we should not devote scarce resourcesto subsidizing the use o ossil uels produced bysome o the largest, most protable companies inthe world. That is why the Budget eliminates in-ecient ossil uel subsidies that impede invest-ment in clean energy sources and undermine e-orts to address the threat o climate change. TheBudget proposes to repeal over $4 billion per yearin tax subsidies to oil, gas, and other ossil uelproducers.
Reduces Buildings’ Energy Use.
The 80 bil-lion square eet o non-residential building spacein the United States present an opportunity torealize large gains in energy eciency. In 2010,commercial buildings consumed roughly 20 per-cent o all energy in the U.S. economy. The Admin-istration continues to call on the Congress to passthe HomeStar bill, or other mandatory undinglegislation aimed at creating jobs by encouraging Americans to invest in energy saving home im-provements. The Budget also supports increasedR&D on innovative building eciency technolo-gies and the continued introduction o applianceeciency standards that save consumers andcompanies’ money while improving perormance.Through the Federal Energy ManagementProgram, DOE will help other Federal agenciesimprove the energy eciency o all Federal build-ings (representing over 3 billion square eet) withagencies’ total investment to exceed $2 billionthrough perormance-based contracts over thenext two years, all at no net cost to the taxpayer.This is achieved through contracts that provideenough savings in energy to more than pay orthe investments.

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