U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today detailed President Barack
Obama's $29.5 billion Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department
of Energy, emphasizing that it is part of an Administration-wide plan
to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the
rest of the world. At the same time, the FY 2012 makes tough choices,
cutting programs and expenses to underscore the Administration's
commitment to fiscal responsibility and shared sacrifice.
"The United States faces a choice today: will we lead in innovation
and out-compete the rest of the world or will we fall behind? To lead
the world in clean energy, we must act now. We can't afford not to.
Through our investments, we are laying the groundwork for the nation's
future prosperity and security," said Secretary Chu. "While we are
investing in areas that are critical to our future, we are also rooting
out programs that aren't needed and making hard choices to tighten our
belt. Additionally, we are improving our management and operations so
we function more efficiently and effectively."
Specifically the President's FY 2012 budget request for the Department of Energy:
- Puts the nation on the path to reach a bold but
achievable goal of generating 80 % of America's electricity from clean
sources by 2035 as called for by the President.
- Supports groundbreaking basic science, research and innovation to
solve our energy challenges and ensure that the United States remains at
the forefront of science and technology.
- Leads in the development and deployment of clean and efficient
energy technologies to reduce our dependence on oil, accelerate the
transition to a clean energy economy and promote economic
- Strengthens national security by reducing nuclear dangers,
maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and cleaning
up our Cold War nuclear legacy.
- Advances responsible environmental management by cleaning up
hazardous, radioactive legacy waste from the Manhattan Project and the
Some highlights in the FY 2012 budget include:
- $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy
programs, because investing in clean energy will strengthen our
security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs here at
- Promoting renewable energy and energy efficient projects with $300
million in credit subsidies to support approximately $3-4 billion in
- $36 billion in loan guarantee authority to help jumpstart the
domestic nuclear industry, as well as additional investments in the
research and development of advanced nuclear technologies, including
small modular reactors. Combined with existing authority, the additional
loan guarantee authority will support 6 to 8 nuclear power projects,
which will result in the construction of anywhere from 9 to 13 new
- To spur innovation, the President's budget request invests in basic
and applied research and keeps us on the path to doubling funding for
key science agencies, including the Department's Office of Science.
- $5.4 billion for the Office of Science to expand our investment in
basic energy sciences, advanced scientific computing and biological and
environmental sciences – all key areas for our future economic
- $550 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
(ARPA-E) to continue support for the promising early-stage research
projects that could deliver game-changing clean energy technologies.
$146 million to support the three existing Energy Innovation Hubs and to
establish three new Hubs in the areas of batteries and energy storage;
smart grid technologies and systems; and critical materials. Through the
Hubs, we are bringing together our nation's top scientists and
engineers to work over a longer time frame to achieve a specific goal.
- $100 million to continue supporting 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers started in 2009.
- A five-year FY 12 to FY 16 request of nearly $65 billion for the
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) reflects the President's
nuclear security priorities, as well as his commitment to modernize the
U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise and sustain a strong nuclear deterrent
for the duration of the New START Treaty and beyond.
- To support the President's goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear
material around the world in four years, the budget invests $2.5 billion
in the NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation program. This is part of a
five-year, $14.2 billion commitment for the program.
In developing this budget, several program reductions and
terminations are proposed, further demonstrating the Obama
Administration's commitment to fiscal responsibility. The Department
also continues to make progress on a management excellence agenda to
improve our operations.
- In the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
DOE reduced funding for the hydrogen technology program by more than 40
%, or nearly $70 million in order to focus on technologies deployable at
large scale in the near term.
- In January, DOE decided that it would end operation of the Tevatron,
at the Fermi National Laboratory, rather than extend them through FY
2014. It is projected this decision will save the Department $35 million
for FY 2012.
- DOE has reduced the budget for the Fossil Energy Office by 45 %, or
$418 million. This includes zeroing out the Fuels Program, the Fuel
Cells Program, the Oil and Gas Research and Development Program, and the
Unconventional Fossil Technology Program.
- The proposal to repeal a number of subsidies and tax preferences
available for fossil fuels. Repeal of these subsidies and preferences
will save the taxpayer approximately $3.6 billion in FY 2012.
- The Department is reducing administrative expenses across all programs in the FY 2012 budget from FY 2010 levels.