Introduced on May 23, 2019, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2020 provides FY2020 appropriations for, among other executive branch bodies, the Department of Energy (DOE), FERC and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The funding bill proposes higher energy funding than that sought by the Trump Administration, including $37.1 billion for DOE, which is $1.4 billion more than the FY2019 budget, and $5.6 billion more than President Trump requested.
The bill provides appropriations for major DOE programs, including
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy ($2.65 billion, $2.3 billion more than requested)
- Electricity ($200 million, + $17.5 million)
- Cybersecurity and energy security;
- Nuclear energy ($1.3 billion, +$494 million);
- Fossil energy research and development ($740 million, +$178 million);
- the Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
- the Energy Information Administration;
- the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy (ARPA-E) ($425 million, +$425 million); and
- the Power Marketing Administration.
As can be seen from the above proposed spending levels, the House budget proposal would invest far more in renewable energy and advanced energy research than would the Trump Administration.
This has been met with support in the environmental and renewable energy communities. Gregory Wetstone, President of the American Council on Renewable Energy, for example, stated that his organization is "see the House express its strong support for clean energy innovation in the FY 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill," including higher funding levels for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and ARPA-E.