White House seeking to slash renewable energy research: report

Posted: February 1, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Politics, research
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US wind farm [image credit: Steve Wilson @ Wikipedia]

Some resistance is inevitable but the policy is clear: let the renewables industries pay more for their own research.
H/T Phys.org

The Trump administration will ask Congress to cut funding for clean energy and energy efficiency programs by 72 percent in this year’s budget, according to a report in the Washington Post, underscoring its preference for fossil fuels.

The Post said it had obtained draft documents that outlined the administration’s starting point for negotiations for the 2018 budget, set to be unveiled in February.

Congress, which is ultimately tasked with deciding appropriations, could push back—but the documents signal the White House’s policy priorities, the newspaper said.

President Donald Trump has focused heavily on prioritizing the extraction of fossil fuels and their export around the world, especially the coal sector, which has long been in decline.

The Post said the proposed cuts were deeper than those the Trump administration sought for the current fiscal year, but was unable to implement because of a budget impasse in Congress, which has passed a stop-gap measure funding the federal government into February.

Spending for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is currently set at $2.04 billion. It would drop to $575.5 million under the proposal.

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  1. ivan says:

    It would drop to $575.5 million under the proposal.

    That is still far too much for any government to be paying towards research into unreliables.

    The unreliables industry has been running for a ling time ans is raking in taxpayers money by the truck load, it should be able to support its own R&D after all the wind and sunshine is free ;).

  2. Jamie Spry says:

    Spot-on, Ivan.

    And, if wind and solar “are now cheaper than coal and gas blah blah blah” then the private sector should/would be pouring their green into unreliables.

    But, most sane ppl know that will never happen. Just ask Warren… “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” – Warren Buffett

  3. Bitter@twisted says:

    A good start.
    Let’s hope it is replicated across the World.
    Time to send the “renewables” rent-seekers packing.

  4. JB says:

    With the approaching sunspot and barycenter minimums, combined with Martin Armstrong’s private economic collapse forecast for November 2032, such convergence portends a high demand on energy to sustain civilization through the next cold spell of roughly 400 years. Those needs will dwarf anything wind and solar can produce (as if they don’t already). I expect to see a lot of wreckage of those systems over the coming decades as Nature proceeds with its climate downturn.

    Such foolishness needs to halt, pronto.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    here’s a partial list of the ratholes we’ve dumped billions down
    List of 36 failed green energy companies
    Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
    SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
    Solyndra ($535 million)*
    Beacon Power ($43 million)*
    Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
    SunPower ($1.2 billion)
    First Solar ($1.46 billion)
    Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
    EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
    Amonix ($5.9 million)
    Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
    Abound Solar ($400 million)*
    A123 Systems ($279 million)*
    Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
    Johnson Controls ($299 million)
    Schneider Electric ($86 million)
    Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
    ECOtality ($126.2 million)
    Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
    Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
    Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
    Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
    Range Fuels ($80 million)*
    Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
    Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
    Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
    GreenVolts ($500,000)
    Vestas ($50 million)
    LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
    Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
    Navistar ($39 million)
    Satcon ($3 million)*
    Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
    Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

  6. Richard111 says:

    And spot on JB.

    The real scary part is how come ALL the media, newspapers, TV, radio, support this fraud when it is easily demonstrated that there is no such thing as a heat trapping gas in the atmosphere.

    Radiative gases, of which there is no shortage in the atmosphere, COOL the atmosphere.

    If CO2 molecules in the atmosphere did not radiate and cool down slowly all plant life on the planet would die. Those cooling gas molecules sink slowly to the surface to replace what plants are continuously using. Those plants then give us O2, oxygen, to breath so us animals can live.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Does energy storage make the electric grid cleaner?
    February 2, 2018

    But do large storage systems lower emissions in our current grids? In a recent study, we found this isn’t necessarily the case – a reflection of how complex the electricity system can be.
    . . .
    In our analysis, we found that adding storage can, for some grids, increase carbon emissions. While counterintuitive at first glance, this result makes sense when one considers how electricity grids are operated.
    . . .
    In the Midwest, we found that adding a storage capacity of 3 gigawatts, enough power to supply roughly 500,000 U.S. homes, raises carbon emissions an equivalent of adding 6,700 cars per year to the road. And as more storage is added, the carbon emissions increase.


    IOW if storage systems are supplied by fuel-burning sources, carbon dioxide is released, which was known – but the point being, it’s quite likely to happen.

  8. Richard111 says:

    Had a shock last night. Learned something from a BBC4 TV program!
    The program was Natures Little Miracles.
    They pointed out that 50% of the worlds oxygen is produced by phytoplankton in the sea.
    Never knew that. No wonder the oceans absorb so much CO2 from the atmosphere.
    Always thought is was just the sea weed.