The 113th U.S. Congress made passing a budget one of its last legislative acts of 2014. Yesterday President Obama signed into law the $1.1 trillion federal appropriations bill, called the Cromnibus (Continuing Resolution Omnibus), which includes appropriations for all federal agencies. While much of the bill’s public attention focused on the political opposition from factions on both the left and the right, the Cromnibus, like all federal appropriations, represent a critical pillar of U.S. clean energy innovation policy.
Federal Investments in Clean Energy Innovation Hold Steady
Of course, the largest source of investments in clean energy innovation comes from the Department of Energy and its research offices. The above graph shows that the FY2015 Cromnibus bill tracks closely to the FY2015 President’s Request, and is even closer to the funding allocated through the FY2014 Omnibus. Funding for the Office of Science and the Offices of Nuclear, Fossil R&D, and Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability remained relatively unchanged compared to past years. Appropriations for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for FY2015 are $360 million lower than those included in the President’s request and $200 million below the FY2014 allocation. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) […]