Energy office nets $2 billion in appropriations
The omnibus appropriations act signed by President Obama allots $1.93 billion for the Dept. of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for fiscal year 2009.
The appropriations bill signed by President Obama this month includes $1.93 billion in funding for the Dept. of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for fiscal year 2009, which runs through the end of September.
The funding represents a 13.5% increase over funding for the previous fiscal year. Although FY 2009 actually started in October 2008, DOE and many other federal agencies have been operating under a continuing resolution, awaiting congressional action on the appropriations act. Spending levels had been on par with the previous fiscal year; however, the president’s stimulus package provided a one-time injection of $16.8 billion into the EERE budget. In total, the stimulus and appropriations funding has brought the EERE budget to an 11-fold increase over FY 2008.
Among the items in the act:
* Building technologies; $140 million, including $33 million for the Commercial Buildings Initiative and $25 million for solid-state lighting
* Geothermal energy: $44 million
* Funding for hydrogen technology at $169 million, including $3 million for fuel processors and $5 million for manufacturing
* Biomass energy funding stands at $217 million
* Solar energy will receive $175 million, including $30 million for concentrating solar power
* Wind energy technology will get $55 million
* Hydroelectric power: $40 million
* Vehicle technologies: $273 million, including $25 million for the Clean Cities program.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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