The Trump Administration has drafted up a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It contained some shocking cuts in several areas of the department of energy. As a whole, Trump has proposed a 72 percent cut in renewable energy programs. The administration intends to ask for $575.5 million in money for the department Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This is down from the $2.04 billion they have in the current fiscal year. Congress rejected the previous request of $636.1 million last year. This shows the continuing battle with the president, his budget, and congress that will be resolved in the coming weeks and months.
In the budget, the administration is also asking for cuts in other areas of the Energy department. They want to downsize the staff from 680 to 450 in the upcoming fiscal year. The Energy Department has its current focus to research and develop of new ideas to continue innovating the energy market. The budget is a massive blow to this sector of the department. They are currently phasing out solar power energy. This shift is critical for where the Trump administration wants to take the future of America’s energy. Naturally, the White house will wait until the budget is officially released before comment on any aspect of it.
The draft of the budget shows more fundamental changes to the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. It features sharp reductions in various areas of future and innovate technology creation. This will heavily impact current American energy progress. The Trump Administration also includes milder cuts for the alternative energy sources. The wide ranging cuts across the department could be bad for future and present scientists in the department.
The Trump Administration is scheduled to formally reveal the budget in early February.