U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Wind Program

Appropriations Act Boosts DOE Funding for Renewables and Efficiency

January 2, 2008

President Bush approved an omnibus appropriations act on December 26th that provides a 17% increase in funds for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The new act appropriates nearly $1.74 billion for EERE, but then rescinds 1% of that, leaving EERE with roughly $1.722 billion for fiscal year 2008. That represents a significant boost above the $1.474 billion that was included in a continuing resolution approved in February 2007. The appropriations act also provides $5.45 million for the administration of DOE's Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program. See the White House press release on the signing; Division C, Title III of the appropriations act (most easily found by searching the act's index for "efficiency") on the Library of Congress Web site; and for comparison, the article from the EERE Network News on the 2007 funding.