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MAY 2013

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ed level. Renewable energy development activities include the siting and construction of offshore wind farms on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), as well as other forms of renewable energy such as wave and current. The 2014 budget provides $50.9 million for conventional energy development, an increase of $3.7 million above 2012. These increases support high-priority offshore oil and gas development activities, particularly those outlined in BOEM's Five Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 to 2017, which makes areas containing an estimated 75 percent of the technically recoverable oil and gas resources estimated to be in the OCS available for exploration and development, and advances a regionally targeted approach that accounts for the distinct needs of different offshore areas. An increase of $700,000 will allow BOEM to acquire and analyze data gathered under these new activities to improve its knowledge of a region's resource potential and support future decisions regarding oil and gas activity in the Atlantic. The budget also includes an increase of $800,000 to review Alaska exploration and development plans. 12 st / May 2013 "Despite federal belt-tightening, however, there are still pockets of opportunity for ocean-related industries." Paramount to BOEM's renewable and conventional energy efforts are its environmental assessments and studies, for which the 2014 budget provides $63.8 million, an increase of $1.8 million above 2012. Marine mineral activities that will support beach replenishment and restoration along U.S. coastlines would receive $1.5 million. Bureau of Safety And Environmental Enforcement The budget request for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is $222.1 million for FY 2014, which would provide critically needed resources to strengthen the agency's offshore regulatory programs. The proposal, which represents a $24.8 million increase over the 2012 enacted level, would enable BSEE to carry out its responsibilities for oil spill response www.sea-technology.com planning and safety inspections; investigations, environmental enforcement and compliance; as well as production permitting and development.  The request will be offset by $124.0 million from offsetting collections, including $65.0 million from inspection fees, $50.6 million from rental receipts and $8.4 million through cost-recovery fees. The budget request also provides the necessary resources to BSEE's Alaska Region as companies begin looking to develop oil and gas resources in this frontier area. The request builds independent and dependable inspection capabilities to support expanded drilling activities, in addition to building the critical engineering capacity for permitting operations. Department of Energy The budget for FY 2014 allots $28.4 billion for the Energy Department. The Water Power Program would receive $55 million for hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies. The request invests in research to lead in the development, deployment and production of clean energy technologies, and establishes a goal of doubling the United States' energy productivity by 2030. It calls for Congress to establish a $2 billion Energy Security Trust, and creates a new "Race to the Top" for energy effciency and grid modernization. The budget includes $147 million in research and development of smart grid investments, cybersecurity for energy control systems, and national electricity delivery within the Offce of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, as well as $80 million for advanced technologies and tools that improve clean energy integration into the grid. Furthermore, $16 million would go toward enhancing energy infrastructure security and energy recovery capabilities. The budget includes $5 billion for the Offce of Science for basic research to lay the foundation of innovation, long-term economic growth and com-

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