FY 13 Budget Includes Grid R&D Funding

President Barack Obama on Feb. 13 released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 (FY 13). The budget includes $27.2 billion for Department of Energy (DOE) projects. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the budget underscores the president’s commitment to an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

Obama has in recent months voiced his support of the nation’s energy delivery business, including in his June report “Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future.”

“A smarter, modernized and expanded grid will be pivotal to the United States’ world leadership in a clean energy future “,” the report states. “A 21st century clean energy economy demands a 21st century grid.”

And during January’s State of the Union address, the president said, “Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America’s infrastructure “. We’ve got ” a power grid that wastes too much energy.”

This DOE table shows the budget request breakdown for research and development (R&D) related to electricity transmission and distribution and how it compares to previous years’ budgets.

The president said he asked for less money to support work on sodium-ion batteries for grid-scale energy storage because the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) project is on track to show commercial viability.

In addition to the R&D budget for energy delivery technologies, the FY 13 proposal shows support for energy-savings technologies and strategies. It includes $310 million to improve commercial and residential building efficiency, supporting the president’s Better Buildings Initiative aimed at driving private sector investment in commercial building efficiency.

This brief overview represents only a small portion of the DOE’s $27 billion request, but I thought you might like to know how some of the funding, if approved, will be used to help move along smart gird.

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