The president’s federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018 includes the expected cuts to renewable energy within the DOE’s walls, but the cuts to prominent national labs – including the elimination of energy-storage research funding at both – could have unforeseen long-term effects on the industry.
Suddenly – some might say surprisingly – President Donald J. Trump has become a man of his word – at least when it comes to slashing from the Department of Energy (DOE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget any programs that might encourage the solar industry to thrive.
The laundry-list of cuts closely mirrors what Trump previewed in March and what pv magazine reported after a copy of the budget leaked earlier this week. That said, the Trump Administration did hide a few Easter eggs in the appendices, including slashing the budgets of two national laboratories focusing on solar energy research. To wit:
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