The US Department of Energy’s budget for fiscal year 2022 (FY22) includes “historic” investments to lay the foundations of a clean energy economy and ensure the USA reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, the DOE has said.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s budget, which focuses on the post-pandemic recovery as well as investments in clean energy, was sent to the US Congress on 28 May.

This includes over USD370 million – up 48% from the USD250 million enacted in FY21 – for the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme, a cost-shared programme which aims to build two demonstration advanced reactors within the next six years. “Nuclear power provides for one-fifth of America’s overall electricity and just over half of our zero-emissions energy, making it a key part of our clean energy future,” the DOE said.

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