Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has outlined the breakdown of a $30 billion budget request for the Energy Department that President Barack Obama submitted for fiscal 2016, highlighting the administration’s focus on energy security.
DOE said Tuesday the proposed amount is a 9-percent increase from the approved fiscal 2015 budget and indicates the continued drive toward a low-carbon energy future through investment in research and development.
“The president’s budget request reflects the department’s commitment to promoting an all-of-the-above energy strategy that meets our economic and environmental objectives through innovative science, technology and analysis,” Moniz said.
The 2016 budget includes allocations for the following program areas:
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy – $2.72 billion
- Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy – $325 million
- Nuclear energy – $907.6 million
- Fossil energy R&D – $560 million
- Electricity delivery and energy reliability – $270.1 million
- Strategic petroleum reserve – $257 million
- Science – $5.34 billion
- Weapons activities – $8.8 billion
- Nuclear nonproliferation – $1.9 billion
- Environmental management – $5.8 billion
DOE also expands on cross-cutting program initiatives for grid modernization, subsurface engineering, exascale computing, cybersecurity, water-energy nexus and supercritical CO2, the department said.