Support Energy Innovation in FY2020
April 1, 2019 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network
**Updated December 16, 2019**
The CEBN sent a letter to Congressional appropriators in the House and Senate to support robust funding for critical RD&D programs in DOE with a successful track record of helping to bring transformational clean energy technologies to market.
The Administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2020—which begins Oct. 1, 2019—proposes an 11 percent cut to the Department of Energy’s total budget. It also proposes deep cuts or even elimination of a number of critical clean energy programs, such as DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
The CEBN also hosted 14 members in Washington to speak to members of Congress about DOE funding, and CEBN’s President Lynn Abramson discussed the importance of investing in energy innovation in a Morning Consult Op-Ed.
As an example, CEBN has worked throughout 2019 to support strong investments in federal energy research and development programs in fiscal year 2020. On June 19, 2019, the House passed a package of funding bills that included the Energy and Water title, providing stable or increased funding for many clean energy programs. The Senate passed its own version of an Energy and Water funding bill in September and Congressional leaders from both chambers unveiled a compromise package on December 16, 2019.
The table below compares FY 2019 funding levels for federal clean energy-related programs to House, Senate, and compromise FY 2020 bills. The final FY 2020 spending package proved favorable to critical clean energy programs with many of these programs seeing increased budgets.