Report: Trump Administration Seeking 72 Percent Cut in Renewable Research

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Trump Administration plans to call for a 72 percent cut to renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in the Energy Department, according to draft budget documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The budget, due out in February, will be likely changed by Congress, though it represents a statement of intent by the president. Trump, long a supporter of fossil fuels, briefly touted “beautiful clean coal” in his first State of the Union address.

The Washington Post reported the Energy Department had requested more modest spending reductions for renewable and efficiency programs, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Trump administration was unable to implement shallower cuts to renewable programs due to the budget impasse in Congress.

Trump’s request for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, now at $2.04 billion, would be lowered to $575.5 million. Staff would be cut from 680 to 450.

Currently, resolutions allowing the federal government to continue to operate without a long-term budget expire February 8.