Cut in Federal Fuel-Cell Financing Is Criticized by Proponents

On Monday, the Energy Department proposed a fiscal 2012 budget that would increase financing for wind, solar, geothermal and battery technologies, but cut spending on hydrogen technology by nearly $70 million, roughly 40 percent of the program’s 2010 budget of $174 million

The cuts have renewed a heated confrontation between the department and fuel-cell advocates, who successfully counterattacked when Energy Secretary Steven Chu proposed $100 million in cuts to the hydrogen program before President Obama’s 2010 budget went into effect.
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