Manchin, the committee is considering the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2023 for the department…
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washington d.c. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about the administration’s budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for fiscal year 2023. During the hearing, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), chairman of the committee, emphasized the need for the United States to take action to strengthen our energy and security nation and eliminate our dependence on the resources of hostile countries like Russia.
“The current crisis in Ukraine is serious. Putin has used energy as a weapon to exert his power over European democracy and intends to do the same on a global scale, using Russia’s abundant energy resources. So far, the United States has taken significant steps to counter Putin’s aggression, including banning the import of Russian oil, petroleum products, LNG and coal, while allowing export capacity additional LNG. These are crucial steps to stop funding Putin’s brutal war against the Ukrainian people – but we can and must do more. At a time when maintaining and strengthening our energy security is a priority, I look forward to hearing more about how the administration’s budget request will help us achieve this goal,” President Manchin said.
President Manchin questioned Secretary Granholm on how the DOE’s proposed budget reflects new priorities and funding provided by the bipartisan Law on investment in infrastructures and employment.
“You are undertaking the largest reorganization since the inception of the DOE at the same time as you manage the largest influx of DOE funding. Can you help us understand why organizational changes were necessary and did they have an impact on the budget increase? » asked President Manchin.
“The DOE has always been a place of research, development and small demonstrations. What the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act does is it complements that spectrum and allows us to deploy and do large-scale demonstrations in the technologies that research and development has been working on. It basically takes the DOE from the lab to the street. So what we want to do is make sure that this budget really makes the investment in the bipartisan infrastructure act effective. You know the infrastructure act funding, the $62 billion, is over 5 years, so we’re making sure in the DOE budget on research and development that we’re able to top it up… We have to make sure ensure that it is well implemented, and therefore we have identified positions that we need to strengthen within the DOE, [including by hiring experts] with the skills to implement and oversee the financing that will be competitively and managed by the private sector,” said Secretary Granholm.
President Manchin also asked Secretary Granholm about the importance of continued U.S. financial support for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or “ITER,” the first large-scale fusion reactor currently under construction in southern France. The President then asked the Secretary if the budget request included funding to help prepare the nation’s energy infrastructure for hydrogen, which will help us reduce carbon emissions without sacrificing reliability and energy security as we go. that this clean fuel will become more available. Finally, the President asked the Secretary whether the administration was coordinating with U.S. allies and trading partners to align U.S. LNG export capability with U.S. import needs and capabilities while providing sufficient long-term certainty for an increase in LNG exports.
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