Clean energy industry groups have expressed concern that the Department of Energy may use the budget discretion it maintains under the continuing resolution and sequestration to eliminate programs that have fallen out of favor with the Obama Administration. The continuing resolution gives the agency the authority to apportion the $148 million in budget cuts it must make if the sequestration mechanism goes into effect January 2, 2013. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy sent a September 25 letter urging the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to allocate funds to its programs at proportionally similar levels to those approved by congress for fiscal year 2012.