On April 10, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) praised President Obama’s FY14 budget for making the wind production tax credit permanent. However, he felt the budget did not adequately support offshore wind development. He advocated for the investment tax credit (ITC) because it better assists the growing industry.
The same day, Friends of the Earth criticized the FY14 budget proposed by President Obama. The group opposed cuts to environmental and social programs, and it called for a carbon tax, saying the revenue could strengthen the federal government.
The same day, the Natural Resources Defense Council praised the FY14 budget, particularly the removal of support for oil and gas and the expansion of wind and solar.
On April 12, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said he “virulently opposed” the Administration’s request to cut funding for energy and storage technologies program. The Administration’s request was $15 million, a 22 percent reduction from the fiscal 2012 level.