DOE Program Cuts Proposed for FY19

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DOE Program Cuts Proposed for FY19

On February 12, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Trump administration’s proposal for the budget of the U.S. government for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The budget proposes to reduce funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) by $1 billion or 3.4% (compared to FY2017 levels). When amounts allocated under the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act are taken into account, DOE’s funding would increase by approximately $0.5 billion (compared to FY2017).

Under the budget, DOE’s innovation arm, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), would be eliminated. Funding for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would be cut by more than half, from its current level of $2 billion to $696 million, including $120 billion allocated under the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act. Funding for the Office of Science, which oversees the majority of the national labs, funding would remain at current levels. However, some projects would see cuts, including fusion energy sciences (which would decline by $40 million).

 

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