On Feb. 11, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) released its “Budget-in-Brief,” which provides a summary of the proposed EERE budget for fiscal year 2004.

According to the department, the budget is increasing only slightly compared to last year’s proposed budget, now totaling $1.32 billion. The budget includes the president’s Hydrogen Fuel initiative and expands the FreedomCAR program, while also providing increased funds for solid-state lighting, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and the president’s National Climate Change Technology Initiative.

Information on the budget can be found at www.eere.energy.gov/office_eere/budget.html.

— by J.J. Siegel

Publication date: 02/24/2003