2012 Federal Budget: Omnibus Halts Further Cuts to Energy Innovation Investments

December 19, 2011

The FY2012 Omnibus appropriations act passed through the House and Senate conference committee last week caps off the recent round of austerity battles over the federal discretionary budget. Clean energy innovation investments, particularly those at the Department of Energy, have been targeted for cuts. But the recent FY2012 budget deal stabilizes or boosts funding for key office that house energy innovation projects. In fact, key clean energy programs like ARPA-E, the Energy Innovation Hubs, and next-generation small modular nuclear reactor development received sizable increases, especially considering the budget cutting mood prevalent in Congress this year.