Clean Innovative Energy Solutions Securing America’s Future
“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. We’ll invest in … clean energy technology — an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.
Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success.”
State of the Union
January 25, 2011
U.S. Energy Supplies in 2009
Total: 36.1 Quadrillion BTU
aIncludes geothermal and solar
Reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions and oil consumption and diversify our electric grid to grow our economy and keep America competitive in the 21st century.
Achieve rapid gains in the efficient use of energy:
Transform the U.S. into the world leader in new transportation technologies:
Accelerate growth in domestic renewable energy supplies:
The Parker Ranch installation in Hawaii
Budget Request by Sector
EERE Budget Trend FY 2003 - 2012
$ in millions
a Excludes ($-26.4M) reduction in Prior Year Balances
Overview: The U.S. Department of Energy funds RD&D to help commercial builders, businesses, and homeowners reduce energy use through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Overview: The Industrial Technologies leads the drive to reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions by changing the way industry uses energy. The program sponsors cost-shared R&D, and supports the use of today's advanced technologies and energy management best practices.
Key FY12 Program Activities
Support three knowledge development and dissemination centers to help solve critical manufacturing issues and accelerate emergence of the most promising clean energy technologies into full-scale manufacturing.
Overview:Facilitates the Federal Government’s implementation of sound, cost effective energy management and investment practices resulting in lifecycle savings of over 52 trillion Btus. Increased funding for technical assistance will support Federal cost and GHG reduction efforts by developing guidance, technical assistance and GHG reporting protocols.
Overview: Working to develop more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. The long-term aim is to develop "leap frog" technologies that will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
Overview: Accelerates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, policies, and practices by building on successful Recovery Act initiatives with State and local governments, utilities, and Native American tribal governments.
The Biomass Program works with industry, academia, and our national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies. Through research, development, and demonstration efforts geared toward the development of integrated biorefineries, the Biomass Program is helping transform the nation's renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.
Overview: The Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) develops innovative geothermal energy technologies to find, access, and use the Nation's geothermal resources. Through research, development, and demonstration efforts that emphasize the advancement of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), GTP is working to provide the United States with an abundant, clean, renewable baseload energy source.
Program Focus/New Directions: Develop cost competitive hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for diverse applications to meet long-term goals of $30/kW for transportation, $750/kW for stationary power, and $2-4/gge for hydrogen production and delivery.
Overview: The Solar Energy Technologies Program focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.
Overview: Improve cost, performance, and reliability of land and offshore utility wind; facilitate wind energy’s rapid market expansion; and address potential barriers to integrating wind into the electric transmission system.
The Water Power Program works to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of innovative water power technologies. Greater use of the nation's abundant water resources for electric power generation will help stabilize energy costs, enhance energy security, and improve our environment.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Golden, CO
Securing America’s Future
“Our future as a Nation depends on making sure that the jobs and industries of the 21st century take root here in America. And there is perhaps no industry with more potential to create jobs now – and growth in the coming years – than clean energy”.