The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the FY'21 Energy and Water Development bill, which includes funding for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), among other agencies and programs. Of note, the U.S. State Energy Program would receive an increase of $2.5 million ($65 million up from $62.5 million currently), and the Weatherization Assistance Program would increase by $5 million ($310 million up from $305 million). Following are the amounts for a number of other key DOE programs:
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: $2.84 billion (an increase of $58 million), including $285 million for Buildings (no increase) and $280 million for Solar (no increase)
Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response: $160 million (an increase of $4 million), including $48 million for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (no increase)
Office of Electricity: $195 million (an increase of $5 million), including $7 million for the Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance division (no increase); $60 million for Storage (an increase of $16.5 million); and $35 million for Resilient Distribution Systems (an increase of $16.7 million)
Office of Fossil Energy: $727.5 million (decrease of $22.5 million), including $150 million for Carbon Capture and Utilization (an increase of $32.7 million)
U.S. Senate action on appropriations is pending, and we anticipate most programs to be funded at levels similar to last year. The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies also passed a supplemental appropriations bill last week; however, that bill was largely a “message” bill that will not move forward in the U.S. Senate.