DOE Chief Plugs Energy Storage In Pared-Down Budget Plan

Law360 (February 27, 2020, 8:24 PM EST) -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on Thursday touted large-scale energy storage development as crucial to creating an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy while defending his agency's proposed budget that once again slashes funding for clean energy research and development.

Appearing before the House Committee on Appropriations' energy and water development subcommittee, Brouillette said the U.S. Department of Energy's proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year would encourage more research and development into large-scale battery storage aimed at integrating even larger amounts of wind, solar and other renewable energy onto the grid.

The agency's proposed budget earmarks $190 million...

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