February 2 (Renewables Now) - The administration of US president Donald Trump is set to seek a 72% budget cut for the renewable energy and energy efficiency research programmes at the Department of Energy (DoE), The Washington Post reported earlier this week.
According to draft budget documents seen by the newspaper, the White House will ask Congress that the budget of DoE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is reduced to USD 575.5 million (EUR 461m) in fiscal 2019. It is set at USD 2.04 billion for the current fiscal year to October.
The Washington Post said Congress would probably restore many of the steep cuts. The Trump administration asked for deep cuts to EERE's budget last year but they were not implemented by Congress.
The draft proposal nevertheless highlights Trump's focus on fossil fuels. Published remarks of his State of the Union Address this week read: "We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world."
The Trump administration recently slapped tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.
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