Mulvaney Amendment Suggests Big Cuts to Energy R&D Programs

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5325), which includes the budget of critical clean energy innovation programs within the Department of Energy (DOE). The bill, passed by the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, 2012, cuts clean energy innovation investment deeply compared to the FY2012 Omnibus and the FY2013 Presidential Request. Specifically, compared to FY2012 levels, the bill cuts funding for DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) by 27 percent; the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs by 24 percent; and the Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (OE) by 12 percent. In relation to the FY2013 Presidential Request these cuts look even more significant – 43 percent reduction of ARPA-E funding, 41 percent reduction of EERE funding, and 14 percent reduction to OE funding. However, many members of Congress are seeking even deeper cuts to these programs.