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The DOE plans to focus more on EVs in the future   (Source: Tesla Motors)
The Quadrennial Technology Review will be used to steer spending for fiscal 2013, and a budget proposal will be released in 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new "Quadrennial Technology Review," which reveals the government's alternative energy plans for fiscal 2013.

The Quadrennial Technology Review pushes alternative energy technology that can be commercialized in a 10-year period, and according to its first report, the DOE wants to focus more of its $3 billion research budget on the adoption of electric vehicles and the modernization of the power grid.

The review noted that the DOE "underinvested" in transportation in fiscal 2011, where only 26 percent of spending was dedicated to this particular area. Nine percent went to electric vehicles in fiscal 2011, 4 percent went to adding fuel efficiency to vehicles, and the rest went to alternative fuels.

"Currently, DOE focuses too much effort on researching technologies that are multiple generations away from practical use," said The Quadrennial Technology Review.

The DOE now plans to concentrate on advanced biofuels as well as "technology that does not require new fuel-station infrastructure."

Much of fiscal 2011's budget was devoted to clean electricity at 51 percent of spending, but in addition to transportation, the DOE will put aside more funding in the future for the modernization of the power grid, carbon capture/storage research, building and factory efficiency and technology that can be operated using less water like wind and solar photovoltaic.

The DOE is currently facing scrutiny for a government loan to solar company Solyndra, which recently filed for bankruptcy. The government reportedly knew the company was destined to fail, according to emails the FBI found when raiding Solyndra in early September. The Quadrennial Technology Review does not address loan guarantees private-sector companies, which was a $180 million program in fiscal 2011.

Source: Automotive News

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By Dr of crap on 9/30/2011 12:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
Really, you're pushing a candidate on this web site?

You must lead a boring life. And for the record I've never heard of this guy, that's how much I CARE about politicains!

RE: Energy Policy is how I will vote next election
By mkrech on 9/30/2011 12:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
I was responding to a call for a scientist as a political choice.

I personally don't LIKE politicians. But, I do CARE about their actions.

I expect you probably will care as well as you grow older and attempt to build your own wealth. Even if you choose just to use government to leach off others, I expect you will still become much more interested in politics.

I have to say, I do miss the days when I did not care. It was a simpler time. However, some things shock you into awareness. Unfortunately for the youth of today, the bliss of ignorance must be outgrown quickly if you expect to have any chance at all.
Over $47,000 per citizen... almost $132,000 per taxpayer.
Do you CARE now?

By ClownPuncher on 9/30/2011 1:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Most people care, just not about Herman Cain.

RE: Energy Policy is how I will vote next election
By Spuke on 9/30/2011 1:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
Over $47,000 per citizen... almost $132,000 per taxpayer.
That "debt clock" is misleading, it ASSumes every dollar of the stimulus package was spent but it hasn't. And if it assumes that, it probably assumes a bunch of other things too.

By mkrech on 9/30/2011 1:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
What's that phrase you guys like to use...

Oh ya, "Lipstick on a pig!"

Nice to know that it'll actually be next year before the country is totally f()@&ed!

By Cerin218 on 10/2/2011 2:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
There is great truth to the phrase "if you are young and not liberal, you have no heart. If you are old and not conservative, you have no brain". - Winston Churchill

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