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February 13, 2018

Trump Budget Cuts Renewable Energy Office, Ups Nuclear Weapons Spending

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:40:35

U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts spending by more than 65 percent for a research office on renewable energy and efficiency, reductions a Department of Energy official said reflected the success the bureau has had with electric vehicle batteries and wind and solar technologies. The budget called for the office to be cut by $1.3 billion, compared to the level enacted for 2017, to $696 million for fiscal year 2019. [ read more … ]

Proposal would cut EPA funding by 23%, ax hundreds of jobs

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:41:02

President Trump proposed drastic budget cuts today for U.S. EPA, although not as deep as last year. Under his fiscal 2019 budget plan, EPA would receive $6.15 billion in funds, about a 23 percent decrease from funding levels enacted for fiscal 2017.
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White House requests more funding for some programs

Christa Marshall, Hannah Northey and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:41:27

In a sharp pivot, the Trump administration is asking for higher levels of funding for many Department of Energy programs than it did last year. The White House spending proposal seeks $30.6 billion for the agency, which includes $1.5 billion from last week’s two-year budget deal that Congress reached. The overall funding level is consistent with current levels. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan deal blunts Trump plan’s impact on agencies

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:41:51

The $4.4 trillion fiscal 2019 request seeks to slash U.S. EPA by 34 percent, cut the Interior Department by 16 percent and reduce the Energy Department by 3 percent for fiscal 2019. However, last week’s budget deal that boosted both defense and nondefense discretionary spending by a combined $300 billion over fiscal 2018 and 2019 would lessen the impact of those reductions.
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Budget deal points to realities of warming — sort of

Josh Kurtz, Niina Heikkinen and Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:42:18

The bipartisan two-year budget deal that Congress passed at dawn Friday not only boosts federal spending by more than $500 billion, but appears to include robust government funding for climate-related programs. The budget bill, which runs several hundred pages long, often doesn’t spell out how the money is to be spent. But to the extent that severe weather is exacerbated by climate change, the spending plan provides evidence, in black and white, that the government is making vast sums of money available for environmental remediation. [ read more … ]

Big Batteries Are Taking a Bite Out of the Power Market

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-02-13 06:42:44

Giant batteries charged by renewable energy are beginning to nibble away at a large market: The power plants that generate extra surges of electricity during peak hours. Known as peakers, the natural-gas-fired plants are expensive to run, and typically called into service only when demand rises and regular supplies are insufficient. That makes them vulnerable to disruption from lithium-ion batteries, which have fallen in price in recent years, and are emerging as a competitive alternative for providing extra jolts of electricity. [ read more … ]

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