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Obama FY 2012 budget proposes big boost for EVs and EV technology, cuts for hydrogen

14 February 2011

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The President’s Budget proposes a 12% increase in funding for the Department of Energy. Click to enlarge.

In support of President Obama’s goal of having 1 million advanced technology vehicles on US roads by 2015, the President’s Budget submitted today proposes a new effort to support electric vehicle manufacturing and adoption in the United States through new consumer rebates, investments in R&D, and competitive programs to encourage communities that invest in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Specifically, the Budget proposes to: transform the existing $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles into a rebate that will be available to all consumers immediately at the point of sale; advance innovative technologies through new R&D investments by investing $588 million for vehicle technologies at the US Department of Energy (DOE)—an increase of 88% above current funding levels—and reward communities that invest in electric vehicle infrastructure through a $200 million program, modeled after Race to the Top, which provides an incentive for communities to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure and remove regulatory barriers.

The proposed budget also reduces funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s hydrogen technology program by nearly $70 million—more than 40%.

Overall, the Budget for the DOE proposes spending of $29.5 billion, a 12% increase over the 2010 enacted level. The increases are in areas such as certain clean energy programs, nuclear security, and research and development; significant cuts are proposed in fossil energy programs.

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Organizational-level DOE budget requests for FY 2012. Click to enlarge.

The Budget proposal doubles the number of Energy Innovation Hubs to 6, with support of $146 million, adding three areas of research to focus on: critical materials including rare earth materials; battery and energy storage; and new grid technologies and systems to help Smart Grid and improve energy transmission efficiency.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy received a proposed budget of $550 million—an increase of $161 million (41%) from funded FY09 levels—to continue to fund the development of potentially game-changing energy technologies. And the Energy Frontier Research Centers are to received $100 million to continue supporting 46 projects started in 2009.

Included in the funding to increases the percentage of electricity produced by clean energy sources is additional loan guarantee support for nuclear power plants and innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Also included in the nuclear program budget is a request for $97 million for the development of small modular nuclear reactors.

The DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy organization—the home of the Vehicle Technologies program and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies program—is slated for a 44% increase in funding to $3.2 billion.

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EERE budget proposal. Click to enlarge.

Within EERE, the Biomass and Biorefinery program is also slated for an increase to $341 million (+57%).

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This may look like a lot of $$$ but it is less than 1/4 of the current oil wars cost. Secondly, it does not kill are injure many young Americans and could ensure a better future for many of us. It is a far better choice.

Your assuming the so called oil wars were ever realy about the oil instead of about keeping isreal from gojng nutty butters and starting ww3 early.

@ wintermane2000

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Instead of sending $3 billion of our tax dollars to Israel every year that money could be well spent on battery or fuel cell R&D to reduce our dependence on imported oil.

Or re-start chasing weapons of mass destruction in other places at the rate of $100B to $300B a year. The latest upturns in Tunisia and Egypt could spread and become the first step towards Iranization of 15 to 20 countries with similar background. Policing the world may become more and more costly.

@ wintermane2000 & Mannstein,

In spite of the "end times" crowd, the only real reason to support Isreal with $300B a year is to maintain a surrogate in the Middle East to protect our oil interests. No oil wars, no need to support Isreal. There is an easy $300B a year cut for the Tea Party.

Not sure where the figure $300B is coming from. Try more like $4B, and over half of that is military, where they buy U.S. arms (which comes back to the U.S.).
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The bad side is it upsets the Arabs & Persians, and it could be better spent developing alternatives to oil.

The Arabs had two thousand year's to build something, besides sheep pasture, on Jewish desert. The Arabs have THOUSANDS of times the land area and population to 'care for their own'(if they ever wanted to).

As long as the US is "addicted to oil", no oil-soaked nation with some spelling of 'Koran' for a constitution will ever be more than another 9/11 hanging over America's head, so how/why blame the 1000 to 1 outnumbered Israelis.

Well said JMartin. Its all about oil. Israel is just a diversion.

Electrify all transportation means and convert heating to NG/SG and oil (and oil wars) would become history. We could ownload our oversized ICE monsters on those countries or camel price may go up?

Well said JMartin. Its all about oil. Israel is just a diversion.

Electrify all transportation means and convert heating to NG/SG and oil (and oil wars) would become history. We could download our oversized ICE monsters on those countries or camel price may go up?

The latest upturns in Tunisia and Egypt could spread and become the first step towards Iranization of 15 to 20 countries with similar background.

Iranization doesn't seem to be working out too well...

"Death to the dictator," they said, in a chant directed at hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/14/iran-protests_n_822991.html

Reel$$. That very same area had dictators for as long as history as been written. They will not change overnight but will rather go to Iran style governance. Even Irak and Afganistan, after 10+ years of not so welcomed (Allied?) influence may be Iranized before the end of the current decade.

A compromise may be the Turkey approach, i.e. the separation of State and Islam religion. However, spreading the Turkey solution to places like Iran +++ would not be easy and could take a few centuries. Many would see it as a return to Turkey's dominance.

Hooray! The voyage of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Getting back to hype-drogen, it's about time we had some sanity there. Batteries are improving faster and have already beat the efficiency hydrogen will ever be able to reach.

You do understand ep that every time you use your ...clever wording of the name.. you come across like a 3 year old?

I'll take a catchy meme over your ramblings any day.

EP wants to try to impress people with a few buzz words. He wants to baffle readers with vague statements and convince them that he really knows what he is talking about. Real engineers would take him apart in a matter of seconds.

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