DOE Receives Funding Boost

September 17th, 2018 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

The U.S. House and Senate recently passed a Department of Energy (DOE) funding bill that will give a funding boost to many programs.

The new plan provides many funding increases including: building technologies, advanced manufacturing, weatherization assistance and advanced research projects agency-energy (ARPA-E).

According to the Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference, the DOE is to give building technologies $28 million for residential buildings integration, $39 million for commercial buildings integration, $95 million for emerging technologies and $50 million for equipment and buildings standards. Another $7 million is also to be used for the building energy codes program to assist states and organizations that develop model codes and standards to improve building resilience and efficiency. Another $20 million is to provide research for programs working on energy efficiency efforts related.

The weatherization assistance programs will receive $500 thousand in grants. Under this program, funding will be provided to track window replacements, which support the reduction of lead-based paint in homes.

Advanced manufacturing is to receive more than $4 million for steel industry improvements; $20 million for process-informed science; design and engineering of materials and devices operating in harsh environments; $5 million for research on materials and manufacturing process development of high-strength, light-weight nano-crystalline metal alloys; and $5 million for process-informed catalyst science to direct chemical reactions in full-scale industrial manufacturing processes and to develop new industrial product applications.

ARPA-E is to receive $366 million. The program will continue to use funding on research and development and program direction.

The bill now awaits the signature of President Trump. The Alliance to Save Energy president, Jason Hartke, has released a statement on the DOE funding.

“This bill represents a ringing bipartisan endorsement of the work the Department of Energy does to improve energy efficiency and energy productivity. These programs have a clear track record of success. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize that using the energy we produce more productively is simply a good investment that improves U.S. competitiveness, reduces costs for families and businesses, creates jobs and economic activity, and cuts pollution,” he says. “Congress got the job done; now the president should sign this into law promptly. Any gap or uncertainty in funding would mean disruptions to this critical work and more wasted energy.”

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