4 takeaways from Granholm’s Capitol Hill appearance

By Nico Portuondo | 03/21/2024 06:18 AM EDT

The DOE secretary adressed nuclear and hydropower cuts, the gas export permitting pause and Lower Snake River dams.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

At a House hearing Wednesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm defended the Biden administration’s 2025 budget request, as lawmakers fretted over proposed cuts to nuclear energy and hypdropower.

Overall, the Department of Energy’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget, released earlier this month, would increase spending over fiscal 2024 levels. It would put big money into developing clean energy technologies and even create new programs to advance energy efficiency and permitting reform.

“Deepening energy security is an ongoing project and we need to fund it year over year, and that’s why the budget calls for significant appropriations for our demonstration and deployment programs,” Granholm told the House Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee.


“Thanks to the bipartisan assistance we received from Congress,” she said, “America is back to being the envy of the world.”