Statement by Energy Secretary Granholm on the United States Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget
WASHINGTON DC – The Biden-Harris administration today sent Congress the president’s budget for fiscal year 2022 (FY22). As the Administration continues to make progress in defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) budget is making historic investments that will help the country better rebuild and lay the foundation for building a clean energy economy and ensuring the United States achieves net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“President Biden’s budget request puts America in the driver’s seat as we move to 100% clean energy conservation,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “These investments will ensure that the United States is the world leader in the research, development and deployment of energy technologies essential to tackle the climate crisis, create well-paying union jobs and strengthen our communities in every pocket of America.” .
The budget complements the historic U.S. jobs plan the president has put forward by prioritizing research, clean energy and other foundations of our nation’s strength, in addition to initiatives essential to the mission DOE, including:
- Provide historic funding levels for national laboratories and universities for energy and climate research and innovation. The request includes a $ 7.4 billion investment for the Office of Science to support basic research that will bring us the next generation of energy discoveries. The budget request prioritizes investments in climate science and basic energy research, including an almost 10% increase in funding for climate and clean energy research. These investments, coupled with investments in applied energy programs, would leverage the tremendous innovative capacity of national laboratories, universities and entrepreneurs to transform America’s energy, transportation, buildings and industry to achieve a net zero emissions economy by 2050. Time, the budget will build on and advance the Department’s global leadership in critical technology areas such as quantum science, advanced supercomputing and artificial intelligence. With a “ whole R&D community ” approach, the new Energy Earthshots initiative will stimulate the development of integrated programs in the science and applied energy offices of the DOE and ARPA-E to advance neutral fuels by carbon such as hydrogen, new network modernization technologies and revolutionize carbon management. In addition, the creation of ARPA-Climat will be essential to advance climate technology solutions for adaptation, resilience and mitigation of non-energy emissions.
- Stimulate innovation and job creation by developing and deploying clean energy technologies. To lead the transition to a 100% clean energy economy, the $ 4.7 billion request for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a 65% increase from FY21, includes more than $ 1 billion in new funding to deploy energy technologies that can deliver pollution-free and affordable energy to all Americans while creating jobs and building a more equitable economy. This includes two new manufacturing institutes in the United States to ensure that American workers are world leaders in building clean energy technology, $ 300 million for grants to partner with state governments, and locals to advance clean energy policies tailored to their needs, prioritizing clean energy and benefits for underprivileged communities $ 400 million to create jobs in home renovations to save energy energy and lower energy bills for low-income Americans, and $ 400 million to create well-paying union jobs by decarbonizing federal buildings. The budget also calls for $ 400 million for a new clean energy demonstration office to continue to bring innovative technologies to market. The Electricity Bureau’s $ 327 million budget for fiscal year 22 will accelerate the modernization of the country’s electricity grid infrastructure through planning and other work to promote the deployment of transportation, to be done advancing technology and systems development to integrate clean energy, and a major investment of $ 119 million in network storage technology.
- Obtain record funding for nuclear power and advanced nuclear to meet climate goals. Nuclear power provides one-fifth of the United States’ total electricity and just over half of our zero-emission energy, making it a key part of our clean energy future. To support existing and advanced nuclear technologies, the request includes a record $ 1.85 billion for the Bureau of Nuclear Energy, an increase of more than 23% from promulgated FY21. More than $ 1 billion is spent on nuclear energy research, development and demonstration programs, including $ 245 million to support the demonstration of two advanced reactor technologies over the next six years. The budget includes funding to support the consent-based site selection process to support the consolidated interim storage of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste from the country.
- Reduce fossil fuel emissions with investments in new technologies. To support work that minimizes the climate and environmental impacts of fossil fuels and creates new employment opportunities for workers and communities affected by the energy transition, the FY22 budget calls for $ 890 million for research, development, demonstration and deployment of the management of fossil fuels and carbon (FECM RDD & D). This money will support a modernized mission advancing technologies that reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts from the production and use of fossil fuels, especially the more difficult-to-decarbonize applications in the electricity sectors. and industry. Priority areas of technological work include point-in-time carbon capture, hydrogen, reduction of methane emissions, production of critical minerals, and removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) to combat accumulated CO2 emissions in the industry. ‘atmosphere.
- Strengthen the energy security and resilience of the nation. In the face of growing threats from cyber attacks and natural disasters to the reliability and security of our nation’s critical energy infrastructure, the FY22 budget will enhance risk management, situational awareness and response capabilities. emergency response from the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER). This $ 201 million budget request will also advance policies, technologies and initiatives that will increase the visibility of physical and cyber threats in the operational technology environment, mature the cybersecurity supply chain, and support exercises and partnerships with states and other public and private sectors. organizations that will strengthen our country’s energy security and resilience.
In addition, the FY22 budget will reflect the transfer of the Office of Petroleum Reserves, including the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), from the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management to CESER. This reflects the crucial status of the SPR as an instrument of emergency preparedness and response. Although the SPR was not called upon earlier this month, incidents like the disruption of the colonial pipeline show how oil and refined product reserves are to be seen as part of the management toolset. emergencies.
- Support support for US nuclear security. The $ 19.7 billion budget request maintains record FY21 funding levels for the National Nuclear Security Administration, reflecting a commitment to the DOE’s contribution to national security and to the support of the Department of Defense. The demand will support investments in critical infrastructure, including facilities that will produce plutonium sinks, a critical capability for safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrence. In addition, the demand maintains the nation’s investment in cleaning up WWII and Cold War nuclear sites. The $ 7.6 billion request will allow DOE to move forward on some of the most difficult cleanup sites in the country.
For more information on the President’s Budget for FY 22, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/.