Department of Energy

27 Apr 2016

The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill which would boost fusion and high energy physics research within a nearly flat overall budget for the Office of Science.

3 May 2016

Although both the House and Senate are aiming to increase the Office of Science’s budget by $50 million, their plans diverge at the level of the six core program offices.

22 Apr 2016

The Senate approved its first major energy policy bill in nine years, and it includes a slew of provisions which are relevant to the science community.

20 Apr 2016

The Senate is moving rapidly to pass a Department of Energy appropriations bill which would provide a $50 million increase to the Office of Science and zero out funding for the ITER fusion project.

1 Apr 2016

In a letter addressed to attendees of the Nuclear Security Summit occurring this week, a group of 35 Nobel laureates urge transition away from use of highly enriched uranium in naval and research reactors and encourage development of non-radioactive alternatives to certain radioisotopes used in medical and research applications.

24 Mar 2016

At a hearing to review the Department of Energy budget request, multiple members criticized the administration’s proposed cuts to Fusion Energy Sciences, advocated for rethinking the department’s portfolio of fusion research, and asked questions about the status of ITER, the National Ignition Facility, the Advanced Photon Source, and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.

10 Mar 2016

At recent hearings on the Department of Energy budget request for fiscal year 2017, key appropriations leaders largely dismissed the president’s proposal for large funding increases to clean energy research and development as unrealistic and / or unbalanced. They then took familiar stances on research priorities, including support for basic energy research as well as skepticism about certain fusion energy projects.

2 Feb 2016

A joint NASA-DOE effort to restart production of plutonium-238 has borne its first fruit: a 50 gram demonstration batch created at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Although this development comes as a relief to those concerned about the U.S.’ dwindling supply of plutonium-238 essential for powering deep space missions, some in Congress are still seeking details on potential ways to reduce demand for the material by using more efficient technologies such as advanced Stirling generators.

27 Jan 2016

The Senate begins debate on a major energy policy bill that would authorize increases in basic research funding at the Department of Energy Office of Science, boost technology transfer activities at the national laboratories, advance exascale computing, and modernize national critical mineral policy.

22 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at the National Nuclear Security Administration by 9.9 percent over FY 2015 levels and the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy by 8.0 percent. The law also provides direction on nuclear research, development, and safety matters, including the medical isotope molybdenum-99, inertial confinement fusion energy, advanced reactor concepts, and used nuclear fuel disposition.


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