Energy

FYI #14 provided an overview of the FY 2000 budget request for the Department of Energy. Below are excerpts from DOE's "Budget Highlights" document, describing details of the request for the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics programs. Both programs would receive small increases which do not keep pace with inflation. High Energy Physics will see increased operation of the Fermilab Main Injector and the B-Factory at SLAC, offset in part by transfer of Alternating Gradient Synchrotron operations to Nuclear Physics.

3 Feb 1999

"Science and technology can help us increase [energy] supply in an environmentally responsible manner. They can help us boost efficiency and so cut energy demand. And together science and technology can help us solve the very serious problems we have in this country posed by our aging energy infrastructure. I am truly looking forward to working with the Committee on realizing the great potential science holds for helping us address America's energy challenges." - Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham

5 Jul 2001

"Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has decided not to make any changes in the design, construction and operation of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)," according to an April 5 DOE news release. The Secretary's Record of Decision was published in the Federal Register the same day. "As a result of this decision," the Register states, "DOE will make no changes in the design of NIF, will undertake no deviations in construction techniques, and will impose no operational changes in the NIF."

6 Apr 2001

Yesterday's confirmation hearing for former Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) to be the next Secretary of Energy took about three and one-half hours. After a lunch hour break, the senators unanimously voted to send his nomination to the Senate floor. Confirmation should occur in the very near future.

22 Jan 2001

The Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee has given its "unanimous, unqualified endorsement" to a new report setting forth a plan to put fusion-generated electricity on the U.S. power grid in about 35 years. Meeting in a Washington, D.C. suburb in late November, the committee approved this development path and heard from a senior Department of Energy official. Earlier in the month, OSTP Director John Marburger told a National Research Council committee that "the promise of fusion energy is too great to ignore."

13 Dec 2002

"I just don't want to be second in the world," asserted DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach in his remarks to last week's meeting of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). Saying it "would be a dreadful loss to our country," Orbach urged HEPAP to produce a plan ensuring continued U.S. leadership in high energy physics research.

11 Nov 2002

Yesterday, the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) met with DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach. Orbach and Patricia M. Dehmer, Director of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, laid out an ambitious agenda for the committee, the program, and the Office of Science.

6 Nov 2002

"The U.S. has achieved its leadership position through the generous support of the American people. We renew and reaffirm our commitment to return full value for the considerable investment made by our fellow citizens. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, sharing our intellectual insights through education and outreach, providing highly trained scientific and technical manpower to help drive the economy, and developing new technologies that foster the health, wealth and security of our nation and of society at large."

31 Jan 2002

The November 17 meeting of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee provided a good overview of the current status and future plans of the Department of Energy's fusion program. The committee, chaired by Richard Hazeltine, was briefed by N. Anne Davies, Associate Director for Fusion Energy Sciences, during the first morning session of this two-day meeting.

26 Nov 2003

Most of the recent machines for high energy physics research (LEP, LEP II, SSC, Tevatron Run II, and the LHC) have been "sold" to policymakers for the same purpose: seeking evidence of the Higgs boson and supersymmetry, Neil Calder of SLAC told the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). As the research community begins to prepare for an international Linear Collider - which has been designated the highest priority for the U.S. particle physics program - the message "has to be different," Calder declared.

9 Oct 2003

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