President Trump’s administration will reportedly propose a 72 percent cut to the Energy Department’s budget for programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The documents show the Trump administration will cut spending for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $1.46 billion. The office’s current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the fiscal year.
The Post also reported that the administration seeks to cut hundreds of jobs in the office, reducing the number of workers from 680 in the 2017 budget to 450 in 2019.
The Hill adds:
The office conducts research, development, grants and more aimed at developing and deploying energy efficiency and renewable technology and has played a key role in dramatically reducing the costs of solar power.
The draft documents obtained by the Post also contain sharp reductions in research spending, including an 82 percent cut to research on fuel-efficient vehicles, an 82 percent cut on research into bioenergy technologies and a 78 percent cut for solar energy technology research. It would also slash funding for research into alternative energy sources like wind, hydro and geothermal power.
Trump’s proposed budget is expected to be unveiled in February.