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    President Obama released his $3.77 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposal on April 10, 2013. This budget, the first since his reelection, reflects the priorities President Obama put forward during his campaign, in particular, the Administration's commitment to investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. The proposed 2014 budget increases funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) renewable energy and energy efficiency technology programs by more than 59 percent above 2012 enacted levels, to a total of $3.5 billion. According to the White House, it also increases funding for clean energy technology programs across all agencies by 30 percent, to approximately $7.9 billion.

    Highlights include a $2 billion Energy Security Trust to help transition the nation off oil, a new Race to the Top program for energy efficiency and grid modernization, $2 billion towards a satellite system that would improve weather forecasts and climate modeling and $5 billion for basic research in energy (a 5.7 percent increase over 2012). The budget also repeats the President's call for the elimination of $4 billion in fossil fuel subsidies.

    This fact sheet outlines the Obama administration’s FY 2014 budget request for several clean energy and transportation programs within key agencies. In most cases, comparisons are made to 2012 actual (or current) figures, as the final 2013 appropriations had not been enacted when the budget was drafted.

     

    Department of Energy

    The President’s FY 2014 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE) is $28.4 billion, an increase of about 8 percent over FY 2012 current levels. The proposed budget increases funding for clean energy deployment, research and development and advanced manufacturing. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) would receive$2.8 billion, an increase of almost 56 percent from 2012 appropriated levels. In addition, the budget outlines a new Presidential goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 from 2010 levels. To support the goal, the FY 2014 request includes a one-time, $200 million Race to the Top competitive grant program that challenges states to cut energy waste, support energy efficiency and modernize their grids.

    The budget request increases the Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability budget 24.1 percent to $169 million, including$20 million for the creation of a new electricity systems hub. The Fossil Energy budget would grow by 15 percent to $638 million, including $276.6 million for carbon capture and storage R&D. The Office of Nuclear Energy, which includes R&D for advanced small modular reactors, is funded at $735 million. The DOE science budget increases 4.4 percent from FY 2012 to $5.2 billion. The budget also provides $379 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an increase of 38 percent.

    DOE Overall Energy Budget

    (Dollars in thousands)

    Organization

    FY 2012 Current

    FY 2013 Annualized CR*

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

    FY 2014 v. FY 2012

    $ Change

    % Change

    Energy Efficiency and
    Renewable Energy

      
      1,780,548

            
    1,820,713

    2,775,700

    995,152

    55.9%

    Electric Delivery and
    Energy Reliability

    136,178

    139,954

    169,015

    32,837

    24.1%

    Fossil Energy

    554,806

    714,033

    637,975

    83,169

    15.0%

    Nuclear Energy

    853,816

    863,996

    735,460

    -118,356

    -13.9%

    Race to the Top for
    Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization

    N/A

    N/A

    200,000

    200,000

    N/A

    Science

    4,934,980

    4,903,461

    5,152,752

    217,772

    4.4%

    Advanced Research
    Projects Agency-Energy  (ARPA-E)

    275,000

    276,683

    379,000

    104,000

    37.8%

    Sub Total

    8,535,328

    8,718,840

    10,049,902

    1,514,574

    64.2

    * Note: FY 2013 amounts shown reflect spending enacted by P.L. 112-175 continuing resolution (annualized to a full year) and do not reflect the impacts of sequestration.

     

    The President’s FY 2014 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy budget request for DOE includes:

    • $254 million increase in the Vehicle Technologies program (79.1 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations). For more details, see the “Department of Transportation” section below.
    • $252 million increase in the Advanced Manufacturing (formerly Industrial Technologies) program (224 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $120 million increase in the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Activities program (93.8 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations, but a $22 million decrease from FY 2010 appropriations).
    • $87 million increase in the Bioenergy Technologies (formerly Biomass and Biorefinery Systems R&D) program (44.6 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations). For more details, see the “USDA/DOE Bioenergy Programs” section below.
    • $85.3 million increase in the Building Technologies program (39.7 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations). For more details, see the “Energy-Efficient / Sustainable Buildings Programs” section below.
    • $71.8 million increase in the Solar Energy program (25.2 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $52.2 million increase in the Wind Energy program (56.8 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $23 million increase in the Geothermal program (62.3 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $6.1 million increase in the Federal Energy Management program (20.4 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $1.3 million decrease in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies programs (1.3 percent decrease from FY 2012 appropriations).
    • $3.1 million decrease in the Water Power program (5.3 percent decrease from FY 2012 appropriations).

    DOE Energy Efficiency
    and Renewable Energy Budget

     

    (Dollars in thousands)

     

    Program

    FY 2012

    Current

    FY 2013

    CR (Annualized)

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

     
     

    Vehicle Technologies

    320,966

    330,819

    575,000

     

    Bioenergy Technologies

    (formerly Biomass and Biorefinery Systems R&D)

    194,995

    200,496

    282,000

     

    Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

    101,326

    104,258

    100,000

     

    Solar Energy

    284,702

    290,719

    356,500

     

    Wind Energy

    91,813

    93,825

    144,000

     

    Water Power

    58,076

    59,147

    55,000

     

    Geothermal Technology

    36,979

    38,094

    60,000

     

    Advanced Manufacturing (formerly
    Industrial Technologies)

    112,692

    116,287

    365,000

     

    Federal Energy Management Program

    29,891

    30,074

    36,000

     

    Building Technologies

    214,706

    220,546

    300,000

     

    Weatherization and Intergovernmental

    128,000

    128,783

    248,000

     

    Weatherization Assistance

    68,000

    --

    184,000

     

    State Energy Program

    50,000

    --

    57,000

     

    Tribal Energy Program

    10,000

    --

    7,000

     

    Program Direction

    165,000

    166,010

    185,000

     

    Strategic Programs

    25,000

    25,153

    36,000

     

    Facilities and
    Infrastructure (NREL)

    26,311

    26,472

    46,000

     

    Subtotal EERE

    1,790,457

    1,830,683

    2,788,500

     

    Adjustments (Includes
    Prior Year Balances )

    -9,909

    -9,970

    -12,800

     

    Total EERE

    1,780,548

    1,820,713

    2,775,700

     

     

    USDA / DOE Bioenergy Programs

    Department of Energy Bioenergy Programs

    The Administration is proposing to renew investment for another five years in the nation’s three Bioenergy Research Centers, which conduct basic scientific research, and increase investment in bioenergy technology research and development. The BioEnergy Research Center (BESC) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory would each be funded at $25 million per year. The initiative would include developing advanced integrated biorefineries that would produce drop-in renewable fuels, feedstock production systems, algae biofuel production, and sustainability research and analysis.

    The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office's bioenergy program will be integrated into the department’s “Sustainable Transportation” initiative. The administration is proposing to boost investment in this area by $82 million (41 percent) over last year.

    Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Programs

     

    (Dollars in thousands)

     

    Program

    FY 2012

    Actual

    FY 2013 Estimated

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

     
     

    EERE - Biomass Program

    199,000

    200,000

    282,000

     

    Science – Bioenergy Research Centers

    75,000

    75,000

    75,000

     

    Total DOE Bioenergy

    274,000

    275,000

    357,000

     

     

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Bioenergy Programs

    Overall Department of Agriculture funding for energy efficiency, bioenergy, or other renewable energy programs hasdeclined dramatically since FY10. Congress has yet to enact a new Farm Bill, and, in the temporary extension of the 2008 Farm Bill enacted at the beginning of the year, it did not provide any new mandatory funding for such programs. The Administration has repeatedly expressed strong support for these programs, but proposed funding for just two of them, leaving the decisions to Congress.

    Agriculture committees in both the House and Senate are expected to begin marking up new versions of the Farm Bill this spring, and assuring reauthorization and mandatory funding for energy title programs will be a critical concern for many. For a relatively small public investment – matched by significantly larger private resources – these programs have been a win-win for advancing many critical national environmental, energy, and economic priorities.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Bill Energy Title Programs

     

    (Dollars in thousands)

     

    Program

    FY 2012 Actual

    Mandatory|Discretionary

    FY 2013 Estimated

    Mandatory|Discretionary

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

     
     

    Sec. 9002 Biobased Markets Program

    2,000

    0

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

    21,000

    0

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9004 Repowering Assistance Program

    -

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9005 Bioenergy for Advanced Biofuels

    65,000

    0

    65,000

    0

    -

     

    Sec. 9006 Biodiesel Fuel Education Program

    1,000

    0

    0

    0

    -

     

    Sec. 9007 Rural Energy for America Program

    22,000

    4,000

    22,000

    4,000

    70,000

    19,000

     

    Sec. 9008 Biomass Research and Development

    40,000

    0

    -

    26,000

    0

     

    Sec. 9010 Feedstock Flexibility Program

    -

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9011 Biomass Crop Assistance Program

    17,000

    0

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9012 Forest Biomass for Energy

    -

    -

    -

     

    Sec. 9013 Community Wood Energy

    -

    -

    -

     

    Total DOE Bioenergy (mandatory + discretionary)

    172,000

    91,000

    115,000

     

     

    Energy-Efficient / Sustainable Buildings Programs

    Department of Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) proposes $300 million for Building Technologies in FY 2014, an increase of more than $85 million over FY 2012 appropriations. The focus on improving energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings is part of the President’s goal of reducing building energy waste by half and doubling energy productivity over the next 20 years.

    Funding for research and development of emerging technologies would more than double over the FY 2012 level to nearly$132 million. This includes sensors and controls linked to grid integration of building systems. An increase of $15 millionover FY 2012 is slated for the development of appliance efficiency standards and training and technical assistance on building energy code development and compliance. The budget proposal also urges Congress to pass Home Star legislation “or similar mandatory funding” to provide rebates for residential energy-saving retrofits that also create jobs. Funding would also go to state and local governments to provide financing options for consumers seeking to make efficiency investments.

    Department of Energy Building Technologies Programs

    Dollars in Thousands

     

    FY 2012 Current

    FY 2013 Annualized CR*

    FY 2014 Budget Request

    Commercial Building Integration

    31,913

    --

    36,570

    Emerging Technologies

    61,182

    --

    131,740

    Energy Innovation Hub

    23,583

    --

    24,300

    Equipment and Building Standards

    66,746

    --

    82,000

    Residential Buildings Integration

    31,282

    --

    24,390

    NREL User Facility

    0

    --

    1,000

    Total

    214,706

    220,546

    300,000

    * Because of the continuing resolution, amounts are only included at the “congressional control” level and above

     

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    The President’s budget provides $47.6 billion for HUD programs, an increase of $4.2 billion over the 2012 enacted level. The proposed budget cuts funding for the construction of new affordable housing and invests in revitalizing high-poverty neighborhoods and blighted communities that were hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. Support of sustainable housing and community development continues in a variety of forms including the following "cross-cutting" programs.

    Transformation Initiative (TI) Fund – The 2014 budget request seeks authority for the Secretary to transfer up to 0.5 percent or $15 million, whichever is less, from each program account to Technical Assistance and other activities, such as:
    - $1 million for Advancing Utility Allowance Modeling for HUD Housing Programs to “accurately account for energy usage in select housing assistance programs in which utility costs are paid by tenants.”
    - $3 million for Standardized Skills Training to ensure that grantees and stakeholders acquire relevant knowledge and skills in areas such as “energy efficiency and weatherization; healthy housing; construction and rehabilitation management; and regional equity and sustainability.”

    Choice Neighborhoods – The budget proposal includes $400 million (versus $120 million enacted in FY 2012) to transform 30 neighborhoods of extreme poverty into sustainable, mixed-income communities.

    Interagency Partnerships – As part of a partnership between HUD, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the budget includes $75 million in Integrated Planning and Investment Grants to help communities develop housing and transportation plans and improve their resilience to extreme weather and other climate change impacts. This may include incentives to update building codes, revise land-use and zoning ordinances, and other activities to “reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and increase affordable housing near public transit.”

    The Manufactured Housing Standards Program budget request is $7.53 million in 2014, an increase of 25.88 percent over 2012 enacted levels. The program maintains and updates federal standards for the construction, design and performance of manufactured housing (i.e. housing constructed in factories to "HUD Code" specifications) including "quality, durability, and safety," as well as model installation standards. The program also oversees inspections and code enforcement. However, HUD has not updated the standards to improve the energy efficiency of manufactured homes, which would make them more affordable to own and operate. With the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Sec. 413), Congress tasked DOE with this responsibility. Regulations have not yet been finalized.

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Dollars in Thousands

    Selected Programs

    FY 2012 Enacted

    FY 2014 Budget Request

    Choice Neighborhoods

    120,000

    400,000

    Integrated Planning and Implementation Strategies

    -

    75,000

    Manufactured Housing Standards Program

    5,982

    7,530

    Total (Net Budget Authority)

    125,982

    482,530

     

    Department of Transportation

    The proposed Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2014 budget calls for a total of $76.6 billion. This represents a 5.5 percent increase over the FY 2012 enacted level. The proposal also calls for an immediate investment of an additional $50 billion in FY 2014 to support critical infrastructure projects and to jump start job creation. The FY 2014 budget proposal for the Federal Transit Administration ($10.9 billion) provides for funding at the level included in the most recent surface transportation authorization law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 was enacted in July 2012, providing surface transportation authorization through FY 2014. New Starts and the Formula Programs are allocated $1.98 billion and $8.6 billion, respectively. The $41 billion request for the Federal Highway Administration consolidates Federal-Aid Highways into eight programs and implements the performance-based investment approach laid out by MAP-21. The $820 million Transportation Alternatives Program supports the goal of livable communities.

    The Federal Railroad Administration’s FY 2014 budget includes a reauthorization proposal to reorganize its programs. A new five-year $40 billion National High Performance Rail System includes new Current Passenger Rail Service and Rail Service Improvement programs. The budget funds the programs in FY 2014 at $2.7 billion and $3.66 billion, respectively, by establishing a Rail Service account in the Transportation Trust Fund (a proposed renaming of the Highway Trust Fund). The “Current” program includes Amtrak grants, but is divided into four program areas: Northeast Corridor ($675 million), State Corridors ($300 million), Long Distance Routes ($800 million) and National Assets ($925 million). The proposed Rail Service Improvement Program would aim to provide 80 percent of the country with convenient access to passenger rail, featuring high speed service, within 25 years.

    The Trust Fund’s solvency would be assured by $214 billion in general funds transfers over six years, including a $2.55 billion transfer in FY 2014. All transfers would be offset by reduced overseas military operations.

    Department of Transportation Programs

    (Dollars in Thousands)

    Program / Organization

    FY 2012

    FY 2013

    FY 2014

     

    Actual

    Estimated

    Budget Request

    Office of the Secretary - National Infrastructure Investments

    500,000

    503,000

    500,000

    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

    41,871,000

    42,528,000

    41,019,000

    Federal Transit Administration

    10,540,000

    21,523,000

    10,910,000

    Transit Formula Program (Mass Transit Account of HTF)

    8,361,000

    8,412,000

    8,595,000

    Capital Investment Grants/New Starts

    1,886,000

    1,923,000

    1,981,000

    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

    150,000

    151,000

    150,000

    Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Sandy)

    --

    10,894,000

    --

    Federal Rail Administration

    1,649,000

    1,793,000

    6,635,000

    Current Passenger Rail Service (Rail Account of Transp. Trust Fund (TTF)

    --

    --

    2,700,000

    Operating Grants to Amtrak (FY 2014 in Current)

    466,000

    469,000

    478,000*

    Capital and Debt Service Grants to Amtrak (FY 2014 in Current)

    952,000

    958,000

    976,000*

    Rail Service Improvement Program (Rail Account of TTF)

    --

    --

    3,660,000

    Grants to Amtrak (Sandy repair & mitigation)

     --

    118,000

    --

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    191,000

    202,000

    255,000

    Federal Aviation Administration

    15,902,000

    16,009,000

    15,551,000

    Federal Maritime Administration

    160,000

    157,000

    152,000

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    802,000

    811,000

    829,000

    * Line items discontinued and absorbed into Current Passenger Rail Service request

     

    The administration’s FY 2014 request for $50 billion in immediate investment includes $40 billion for the “Fix-it-First” (FiF) program for urgent repairs to existing infrastructure, and $10 billion to spur State and local infrastructure development innovation, including $200 million for climate change resiliency projects. The additional spending would increase FY 2014’s highway and transit budgets by 66 and 82 percent, respectively.

    “Fix-it-First” (FiF) Program Breakdown

    (Dollars in Thousands)

    Program / Organization

    FY 2014

     

    Budget Request

    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Fix-it-First

    27,000,000

    Federal Transit Administration - Fix-it-First

    9,000,000

    Transit Capital Assistance (maintain $663B infrastructure)

    2,500,000

    Transit Core Capacity Improvement (fixed guideway)

    500,000

    State of Good Repair (formula: 75% fixed, 25% bus)

    6,000,000

    Federal Rail Administration

    5,000,000

    Rail Service Improvement (intercity passenger new, major improvements)

    3,000,000

    Current Passenger Rail Service (repair, rehab, upgrade) - Fix-it-First

    2,000,000

    Federal Aviation Administration

    3,000,000

    Grants-in-Aid (airport development) - Fix-it-First

    2,000,000

    Facilities and Equipment (NextGen navigation)

    1,000,000

    Office of the Secretary

    6,000,000

    Transportation Leadership Awards (competitive, process improvement)

    2,000,000

    Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Financing (competitive)

    4,000,000

     

    The President’s budget requests additional funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) to invest in transportation technologies. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) proposed budget includes $575 million for EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office. This would be an increase of 80 percent over current estimates for FY 2012 spending. Of the total request, $240 million would be allocated to improve batteries and electric drive technology. The budget for outreach, deployment, and analysis activities would be tripled over FY 2012 estimates to $126 million. The DOE budget also proposes to establish a new Energy Security Trust, capitalized by $2 billion over the next 10 years from Federal oil and gas development revenue. The Trust would be used to provide mandatory funding for research and development on cost-effective alternative transportation technologies that cut U.S. oil dependence, including vehicle electrification, fuel cells, and natural gas-powered vehicles.

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    The President’s FY 2014 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is $8.153 billion, a decrease of $296 million (a 3.5 percent decrease from FY 2012 enacted funding). The request for climate change programs is $176.5 million, a 4.8 percent increase from FY 2012 funding.

    The Energy STAR program budget request is $52.9 million, a 6.4 percent increase from FY 2012 appropriations. This increase “will improve quality control over the Energy STAR product labeling program and revise product and building specifications to advance energy efficiency.” The Global Methane Initiative (GMI), formerly known as Methane-to-Markets, is slated to receive $4.8 million, a 4.1 percent decrease from FY 2012 enacted funding. The president has also requested $18.9 million for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Registry, an increase of 19.7 percent from FY 2012. Federal vehicle and fuel standards initiatives would receive $100.4 million, a 9.2 percent increase from 2012.

    Environmental Protection Agency

    (Dollars in Thousands)

    Clean Air and Climate Programs

    FY 2012 Enacted

    FY 2013

    Annualized CR

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

    FY 2014 Budget v. FY 2012 Enacted ($)

    Clean Air Allowance Trading Programs

    20,680

    20,805

    20,469

    -211

    Climate Protection Program

     

     

     

     

    Energy STAR

    49,668

    50,249

    52,915

    3,247

    Methane to Markets

    5,013

    5,068

    4,803

    -210

    Greenhouse Gas Reporting Registry

    15,757

    15,941

    18,865

    3,108

    Climate Protection Program (other activities)

    28,998

    29,265

    29,616

    618

             

    Subtotal, Clean Air and Climate Programs

    99,436

    100,523

    106,199

    6,763

             

    Federal Stationary Source Regulations

    27,298

    27,484

    34,103

    6,805

    Federal Support for Air Quality Management

    123,058

    123,338

    132,805

    9,747

    Federal Support for Air Toxics Program

    --

    --

    --

    --

    Stratospheric Ozone: Domestic Programs

    5,570

    5,608

    5,002

    -568

    Stratospheric Ozone: Multilateral Fund

    9,479

    9,627

    9,690

    211

             

    Subtotal, Clean Air and Climate

    285,521

    287,385

    308,268

    22,747

     

    The FY 2014 EPA budget request also includes:

    • $20 million for climate change research, specifically climate change impacts on human health.
    • $1.9 million was requested for the SmartGrowth program, which would strengthen local economies through sustainable community growth and efficient design.
    • $7.6 million is slated for the Environmental Justice (EJ) program, which incorporates the considerations of disproportionately impacted minority, low-income and tribal communities into rulemaking processes.

     

    Department of State

    The Department of State’s FY 2014 budget request includes $427.5 million for international organizations that facilitate climate change resilience and provide affordable renewable energy to developing nations, an increase of $103 million(31.7 percent from FY 2012 levels). This includes an increase of approximately $54 million for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), $31 million for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and $18 million for the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) includes funding for three programs: the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the Program for Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low-Income Countries (SREP).

    Department of State

    (Dollars in Thousands)

    State Operations and Foreign Assistance Request

    FY 2012

    Actual

    FY 2013

    CR Total

    FY 2014

    Budget Request

    FY 2014 Budget v. FY 2012 Actual ($)

    Global Environment Facility

    89,820

    90,370

    143,750

    53,930

    Clean Technology Fund

    184,630

    185,760

    215,700

    31,070

    Strategic Climate Fund

    49,900 

    50,205

    68,000

    18,100 

    Subtotal

    324,350

    326,335

    427,450

    103,100

     

    In addition, the FY 2014 budget request for the Department of State includes $317 million in bilateral development assistance for climate adaptation, clean energy, and the sustainable landscapes program within the Global Climate Change (GCC) priority area. The Ocean and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) program would receive $116.5 million in the FY 2014 request. The OES supports, among other programs, the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Global Methane Initiative and the Clean Air and Climate Coalition, as well as the Special Envoy for Climate Change who leads U.S. climate negotiations.

     

    Other Agency Highlights

    The Department of Defense (DOD) budget includes more than $3 billion for operational and facility energy conservation investments. This includes $2 billion for initiatives to reduce fuel consumption and $1.2 billion for facility energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades — $200 million more than the FY 2013 request. The Installation Energy Test Bed Program, which demonstrates new technologies and reduces commercial investment risk, would receive $32 million. The Energy Conservation Investment Program, which supports renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at military bases, remains at the FY 2013 appropriations level of $150 million.

    The Department of Commerce's $8.6 billion budget request includes $5.4 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The major focus is $2 billion towards the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite System, which will be used to improve weather predictions and modeling. The budget request includes $472.4 million for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). This increase of $82 million over FY 2013 will be used to enhance the agency’s ability to help local communities prepare for extreme weather events and to expand its climate change research.

    The Department of Interior (DOI) budget request for renewable energy initiatives is $100 million, an increase of $26 million above FY 2012 enacted levels. The DOI climate change science budget is $71 million, an increase of $13 million.

     

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