DOE Review: EVs, Grid Modernization to be Focus of 2013 Spending
September 30, 2011 10:05 AM
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The DOE plans to focus more on EVs in the future
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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
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
, 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.
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