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• A 41 percent jump the energy efficiency and renewable energy program including big additions for vehicle technologies and geothermal programs.
• Natural gas technologies would see a 76 percent boost to $44 million while the department is looking to pare down overall fossil energy research by 2 percent.
• The department is requesting an 84 percent increase in spending for electricity delivery and energy reliability, doubling smart grid research increasing energy storage technology by 75 percent.
• Funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy would jump 16 percent.
• Nuclear reactor concepts would decrease 19 percent while fuel cycle research would increase 11 percent and fusion research would be down 10 percent.
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