Update on Proposed Cuts to Department of Energy

Update on Proposed Cuts to Department of Energy
17 July 2017

House Appropriations Committee Approves Substantial Cuts to Federal Support for Key Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

National energy efficiency investments that have helped make our businesses and homes more energy efficient and helped make Utah a clean energy hub representing thousands of jobs, are facing substantial cuts next year. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee recently voted to cut funding for the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs by nearly 50% (see the bill text here). As we wrote in a recent letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, substantial reductions in funding to these important DOE energy technology research, development and delivery programs will stall the cross sector, big picture, long view research and programs that have been critical to Utah’s and our Nation’s leadership. 

DOE EERE programs have been critical to bringing groundbreaking technologies including light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, smart high-performance buildings, and batteries for electric vehicles to market. For example, the successful DOE SunShot Initiative to substantially reduce the cost of making and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and made Utah a hub for the solar industry.

The full U.S. House of Representatives will take up the energy funding bill later this month, after which the U.S. Senate, which has urged President Trump to preserve DOE energy programs, will development its own appropriations budget later this summer. Utah Clean Energy continues to work with its partners through the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) to share our concerns about the reductions in the DOE EERE programs and their importance to our growth and quality of life, with our Congressional delegation, including Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Chris Stewart.


Historical Budgets for Energy & Environmental Programs vs. FY 2018 Proposed Levels


FY08 Enacted

FY16 Enacted

FY18 President’s Proposed Budget

FY18 House Appropriations Approved

Dept. of Energy EE/RE Programs

$1.70 billion

$2.07 billion

$636 million


$1.1 billion


-Building Technologies

$107.4 million

$200.5 million

$67.5 million


-Solar Energy

$166 million

$241.6 million

$69.7 million


-Wind Energy

$49 million

$95.45 million



-Vehicle Technologies

$208 million

$310 million

$82 million


-Advanced Manufacturing

$63.2 million

$228.5 million

$2 million


-State Energy Program

$44.1 million

$50 million


$50 million

-Weatherization Assistance

$227.2 million

$215 million


$225 million



$291 million