Trump administration to 'cut renewable energy office budget by almost three-quarters'

Shannon Phillips

Shannon Phillips

The Trump administration's 2019 budget proposal will seek deep cuts to clean energy research spending when it is released next month, according to draft budget documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The paper reports the biggest research cuts will fall on fuel-efficient vehicles (82%), but solar energy technologies research would see its budget reduced by 78%.

President Donald Trump has reportedly chose to escalate his war on clean energy, the world's biggest new source of sustainable high-wage employment. But the Trump administration wants to significantly lower the current budget of $2.04 billion to $575.5 million for 2019, the Post reported.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the current fiscal year ending on October 1.

"It shows that we've made no inroads in terms of convincing the administration of our value, and if anything, our value based on these numbers has dropped", one EERE employee told the Washington Post, speaking on condition of anonymity. After imposing a 30% tariff on solar panels made outside the USA, it leaves little doubt about what Trump's priorities are.

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A large green tent set up by police on Friday at a Leaside home where McArthur is believed to have stored landscaping equipment. Hank Idsinga said in a news conference this morning. "The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this", Idsinga said.

But the United States energy watchdog terminated the proposal, finding it neither justified nor reasonable.

Once the second project begins operating in 2019, the combined 320 MWs of electricity would meet about 60 percent of the company's domestic energy needs. Last year, the administration asked for $636.1 million, a decline of more than two-thirds, although Congress did not implement the request. The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) is part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's "all of the above" national energy strategy to create greater energy affordability, security, and resiliency. Fuel efficient vehicle research would be cut 82%, bioenergy funding by 82% and solar funding by 75%.

The proposal would cut funds for electric auto technologies and fuel-efficient vehicles - at $307 million now the biggest of the program areas - to $56 million in 2019.

"The president suggests a budget, but, under the Constitution, Congress passes appropriations bills", Alexander said.

The renewable and efficiency programs represent about 7 percent of the Energy Department's overall budget.

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