DOE Requests $2.3 Billion for Efficiency, Renewable Energy in FY 2010

May 13, 2009

Energy Secretary Steven Chu discusses the DOE budget from a podium with his budget presentation projected on a screen behind him.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu provided details about the president's fiscal year 2010 budget request for DOE on May 7.
Credit: DOE

President Barack Obama unveiled on May 7 a $26.4 billion budget request for DOE for fiscal year (FY) 2010, including $2.3 billion for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The budget aims to substantially expand the use of renewable energy sources while improving energy transmission infrastructure. It also makes significant investments in hybrids and plug-in hybrids, in smart grid technologies, and in scientific research and innovation. The budget request for EERE represents a 6.4% increase above the appropriations for FY 2009, not counting funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The president's budget includes significant increases for a number of EERE programs, including an 82.9% increase for solar energy, a 36.4% increase for wind energy, a 22% increase for vehicle technologies, a 69.8% increase for building technologies, and a 46.7% increase for the Federal Energy Management Program. The budget also requests a near doubling in funding for program direction and a more than five-fold increase in funding for program support. The President's budget generally represents a starting point for the Congressional appropriation process. See the DOE press release and text pages 24-31 (PDF pages 30-37) of the DOE Budget Highlights (PDF 1.0 MB) on the DOE budget and performance Web page. Download Adobe Reader.

The proposed DOE budget also includes $280 million to fund eight multi-disciplinary Energy Innovation Hubs, each of which is focused on a particular energy challenge. The hubs are meant to advance highly promising areas of energy science and technology from their early stages of research to the point that the risk level will be low enough for industry to commercialize the technologies. Two of the eight hubs are included in the EERE budget and will focus on integrating smart materials, designs, and systems into buildings to better conserve energy and on designing and discovering new concepts and materials needed to convert solar energy into electricity. Another two hubs, included in the DOE Office of Science budget, will tackle the challenges of devising advanced methods of energy storage and creating fuels directly from sunlight without the use of plants or microbes. Yet another hub will develop "smart" materials that will allow the electrical grid to adapt and respond to changing conditions, while the remaining three hubs will address challenges related to nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage. See text pages 1-2 and 6-7 (PDF pages 7-8 and 12-13) of the DOE Budget Highlights document.