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March 23, 2018

Omnibus spending bill rejects Trump EPA, DOE cuts

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Utility Dive – Domestic energy programs were targets for some of the steepest cuts in Trump's budget proposal.

At DOE, the proposal would have slashed funding for renewable energy and late-stage technology commercialization efforts at ARPA-E and the loans office. Though funding for the Office of Fossil Energy would have increased, the plan would cut spending for carbon capture and storage (CCS), instead focusing on the development of new coal technologies, like small modular plants. 

The omnibus spending bill would turn that proposal on its head, increasing funds for a number of offices Trump proposed to cut.  

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see a 14% increase over 2017 enacted funding levels, while funding at the Office of Fossil Energy would increase by 10%, the nuclear office by 19%, science office by 16%, and the energy office by 8%. The loan programs office would be preserved, as would funding for CCS. 

Read more at Utility Dive.

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