Originally published on CleanTechnica
by Tina Casey
If you gotta go, you might as well go out with a bang. That seems to be the message from the US Department of Energy to the Trump Administration. In a smack to the face of Trump’s campaign promise to bring coal job back, the agency has just announced a new round of $30 million in funding for technologies that will make it easier for grid operators around the country to pull more solar power into the mix — and accommodate more electric vehicles, too.
So…what about integrating more coal?
Reports Of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Clean energy advocates — such as CleanTechnica — have been concerned about the fate of the Energy Department under the Trump Administration. That’s in consideration of Trump’s well known antipathy to wind power, and the dependency of Republicans in Congress on campaign funding and other support from the fossil fuel industry.
Just a few days ago the Energy Department was reported to be in the crosshairs of massive budget cuts, including the complete elimination of its showcase SunShot solar power program along with that program’s umbrella division, the Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EERE).
Fueling the concerns, the agency hasn’t updated its “News & Blog” page since January 18.
Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.