DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYThe Department o Energy (DOE) is chargedwith advancing the national, economic, andenergy security o the United States; promotingscientic 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 issignicant 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 identied areas or savings and ecien-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 Deense programto a sustainment phase, and concentrating undson ully utilizing our investments in scienticacilities.
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 Oce o Energy Eciencyand 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 increasesunding by nearly 80 percent or energy eciencyactivities to improve the energy productivity andcompetitiveness o our industries and businesses.It increases unding or the development o thenext generation o advanced vehicles and biou-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 Oce 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 tound transormative 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 saely and responsibly devel-op America’s natural gas resources. Specically,DOE, in collaboration with the EnvironmentalProtection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey,will ocus on understanding and reducing theenvironmental, health, and saety risks o naturalgas and oil production rom hydraulic racturingin shale and other geologic ormations.
Eliminates $4 billion annually in inefcient and outdated ossil uel subsidies.