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Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of Energy

May 26, 2017

Unless otherwise noted, all FY 2018 figures are from the department’s budget justification, and all FY 2017 figures are from committee reports for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

The president’s FY 2018 budget request would provide $28.0 billion in total funding for the Department of Energy, a $2.7 billion (8.9 percent) decrease from the FY 2017 omnibus. Notably, the proposed budget would eliminate the ARPA-E program, which received $306 million as part of the FY 2017 omnibus. The proposed budget “refocuses the Department’s energy and science programs on early-stage research and development (R&D) at the national laboratories to advance American primacy in scientific and energy research in an efficient and cost effective manner,” according to the DOE.

Under the proposed FY 2018 budget, the DOE’s Office of Science would receive $4.5 billion to support basic research in the physical sciences. This represents an $892 million (16.5 percent) decrease from the FY 2017 omnibus. The following Office of Science research programs would receive funding:


FY 2018 Proposed ($, millions)

$ Change, FY2017-2018 (millions)

% Change,  FY2017-2018

Science Laboratory Infrastructure




Advanced Scientific Computing Research




Biological and Environmental Research




Basic Energy Sciences




Fusion Energy Sciences




High Energy Physics




Nuclear Physics




Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists




The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) would receive $636 million in the president’s proposed FY 2018 budget, a $1.5 billion (69.6 percent) decrease from the enacted FY 2017 omnibus. Any funding increases were not the Administration’s intention, however, as the proposed budget expected a higher FY 2017 funding level than was ultimately enacted.


FY 2018 Proposed ($, millions)

$ Change, FY2017-2018 (millions)

% Change,  FY2017-2018

Bioenergy Technologies




Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology




Solar Energy R&D




Conventional Hydropower




Geothermal Technologies




Advanced Manufacturing




Emerging Building Technologies




The President’s proposed FY 2018 budget would provide $280 million in FY 2018 for Fossil Energy Research and Development, a $388 million (58.1 percent) decrease from the FY 2017 omnibus. Within this category, $37.8 million would go toward cross-cutting research,

After receiving $306.0 million in the FY 2017 approved omnibus, under the president’s proposed FY 2018 budget the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program would receive just $20 million in FY 2018 to wind down operations, and no funding in subsequent years. 

The Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program would receive no funding in the president’s FY 2018 proposed budget after previously receiving $7.0 million in the FY 2017 omnibus. 

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