Trump Administration’s Renewable and Energy Efficiency Budget Cuts at the DOE!

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    Speaker: Barry Stevens


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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 50403
    Level: Beginner

OVERVIEW

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was formed almost 40 years ago, from the underpinnings of the Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Energy Research and Development Administration.

Today, the DOE supports a broad portfolio of programs, including Nuclear Energy, Fossil Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Transportation, Science, and Crosscutting Innovation Initiatives; to carry out critical responsibilities for America’s security and economy in three areas:

  • Building the Future through Science and Clean Energy
  • Ensuring Nuclear Security, and
  • Organizing, Managing and Modernizing the Department to Better Achieve Its Enduring Missions.

The Trump administration released its “America First” budget blueprint with deep cuts for health care and climate and clean energy programs -- despite the bipartisan support these initiatives enjoy. 

In Sep. 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward setting federal science budgets for the 2018 fiscal year. But Congress is still far from the finish line, and final spending levels aren’t likely to be finalized until late this year, at the earliest.

Whatever the final outcome, DOE's - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy may be left with an appalling spending level of $636 million, $1.4 billion below the FY 2016 enacted budget of $2.1 billion. 

Now practically decapitated, it’s difficult to understand how the Department can backup statements made in the budget request, and I QUOTE “The FY 2018 Budget Request invests $695 million to maintain America’s leadership in transformative science and emerging energy technologies in sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency.” UNQUOTE. 

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

Securing energy independence from foreign oil was driven by federal mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency and home grown technology rather than DOE initiatives.

Moving from goals to practice, the questions then emerge whether DOE’s has met it objectives, are the dollars allocated to the department justifiable and how best to measure its performance. To answer these questions, this Webinar takes an in-depth look at DOE’s “Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” (EERE).

This Office was selected on the basis of renewable energy’s and energy efficiency’s vital role in providing an effective pathway to ensure America’s energy independence while reducing US contribution to climate change. Additionally, renewable energy and energy efficiency play a critical part in making food, water and energy systems more sustainable, as well as reducing the strain between the three. 

The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy and to accelerate the transition of U.S. energy economy from fossil fuels to clean energy, and thereby reduce emissions of harmful GHG and pollutants emitted during the combustion / burning of hydrocarbon resources for electricity, heat and transportation. All of which provides an effective pathway to ensure America’s energy independence while reducing US contribution to climate change. 

AREAS COVERED

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Whether you agree with the final grade, the Webinar is fact based and impartial. It views the Department of Energy’s “Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” from the standpoint of budget appropriations and credible studies of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A best attempt is made to untether consumption of fossil fuels in the U.S as a direct cause of climate change. Though indirect references are unavoidable. Information is presented solely to make a case for or against EERE’s effectiveness in reducing U.S. fossil fuel emissions.

Most of the information contained herein lends itself to solid debates. Regardless of cause, what is less controversial is the rise of atmospheric heat-trapping gases as well as a continual increase in the surface temperatures on earth. Packed within this discussion are explanatory entries that serve as learning aids to ensure a basic understanding of the information under review.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Federal, state, and local representatives; energy resource managers; scientists; engineers; energy planners; educators; and the public.

SPEAKER

Dr. Barry Stevens has over 30 years of highly productive experience leading globally competitive technology companies to higher levels of profitability and growth. Barry founded and served as President of TBD America, a global Technology Business Development consulting group serving the public and private sectors in clean energy, biofuels, water remediation and nuclear waste disposal. 

Prior to TBD America, Dr. Stevens held executive positions with the National Hydrogen Fund, Superior Concrete Products; Radio Shack; Alcon Laboratories; Eastman Technology a division of Eastman Kodak, and CBS Records. Earlier in his career, Barry taught chemistry at Rutgers University, University of Nevada in Reno, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Stevens raised $112 million in investments from institutional and angel investors, obtained five U.S. patents, published numerous papers, presented at international symposiums, and conducted Webinars on environmentally sensitive issues. Barry received several recognition awards for “turning creativity into reality.” 

Dr. Stevens earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Science as a tri-major in biology, chemistry and physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, 1st in his class. 

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