20 May '11, 10pm

#Renewable energy growing but tracking hampered by EIA cuts

(and also, on a serious note, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out here that the EIA as an institution stands to suffer serious near-term damage from recent budget cuts imposed in DOE through the FY11 Continuing Resolution. You can get more info on the impacts here , here and here – and my broader frustration with the C.R. here – but suffice it to say, these cuts have a serious real world impact. Just to name a few examples, oil and gas traders and investors use EIA data in a range of analysis, including physical storage, reserves, energy demand, and pricing; policymakers rely on EIA for energy forecasts and trends and analysis of policy impacts; and energy researchers rely on crucial NEMS model runs. Many of these programs will be temporarily halted due to the $15 million in budget cuts to EIA, and that's a bad thing for our economy and the energy industry. And now bac...

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