Okay, so now we are finally getting close to $.5 billion in actual checks being cut from DOE and NSF. (If you haven’t cast a vote in our poll on when DOE will cross the $1 billion mark, please step up and make your predictions.)
Also, the DOE upped its promised spending over the last few days by over $500 million:
- $343 million grid transmission update project in Washington and Oregon to deliver almost 600 megawatts of renewable wind energy to homes and business in the West;
- $38 million to improve states’ emergency preparedness plans and ensure quick recovery and restoration from any energy supply disruptions such as blackouts, hurricanes, ice storms, and disruptions to heating supplies;
- $66 million to expand weatherization assistance programs in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut and Hawaii;
- $119 million to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Alabama, American Samoa.
NSF also reports (at least numerically) that it has allocated another $250 million, but it is not immediate clear where these new funds are going.
Department of Energy (4.5% paid out):
National Science Foundation (1.3% paid out):