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2017

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www.sea-technology.com SECTION A • The Ocean/Marine Market • BG 2017 11 istration's success in reducing U.S. dependence on fos- sil fuels, promoting energy efficiency, and doubling U.S. renewable electricity generation through investments in sustainable technology. Increasing investments for clean energy research and development to $5.9 billion in discretionary funds sup- ports Mission Innovation—the landmark global commit- ment to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation announced at the start of the UN Paris climate negotiations in late 2015. Army Corps of Engineers For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Pro- gram, $4.620 billion in gross discretionary funding was set aside in the president's FY 2017 budget. The largest portion of the budget, about $2.7 billion, would go toward operations and maintenance (O&M). Navigation projects for inland and coastal waters will re- ceive $1.934 billion. Waterways with high traffic and coastal harbors are given priority within the budget. Harbors that provide public transportation or support the commercial fishing industry will also be funded. More than 12 studies will receive funding, including re- search on flood risk, navigation and ecosystem restoration. Ongoing construction projects with the highest levels of funding for FY 2017 are Olmstead Locks and Dam, Illinois ($225 million); the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration ($106 million); and the Columbia River Fish Mitigation in Washington, Oregon and Idaho ($84 million). Emergency Management is funded at $35 million in FY 2017, with $30 million in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account for preparedness and training to re- spond to floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, and $5 million in the O&M account. National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) was provided with $7.96 billion, going toward investments for research and supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The budget invests $106 million in the construction of two Regional-class research vessels to meet anticipated ocean science requirements for the U.S. East Coast, West Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Programs and activities to address resilience were allot- ted $43 million to improve predictability and risk assessment and increase resilience to extreme natural and man-made events in order to reduce their impact on quality of life, so- ciety and the economy. Interdisciplinary research focused on understanding and modeling the food, energy and water system was given $62 million. The effort spans all aspects of the fields of science and engineering. The request includes funding for 15 additional employ- ees with specialized skill sets to aid in enhancing BOEM's capacity to identify, analyze and mitigate financial risk and liability. BOEM anticipates increased deepwater production will be accompanied by a corresponding increase in associated plan reviews and environmental work, thus, additional re- sources are requested to support critical resource evaluation and plan review activities and to enable BOEM's continued emphasis on environmental stewardship. The budget request also seeks to raise awareness of the projected decline in offsetting rental revenue. The rental offsets that fund a significant portion of BOEM and the Bu- reau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's programs are anticipated to decline fairly abruptly in FY 2017, with a shortfall up to $82 million by 2025. BSEE The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's (BSEE) FY 2017 budget request of $204.87 million includes $96.34 million in current appropriations and $108.53 mil- lion in revenue from rental receipts, cost recoveries and in- spection fees. The budget supports research and the devel- opment of new technologies and scientific investments to best manage the country's offshore energy resources. The request includes $190 million for offshore safety and environmental enforcement programs. BSEE is also working collaboratively with BOEM to establish appropriate permit- ting and oversight processes for offshore renewable energy projects. The FY 2017 proposal includes $14.9 million for oil spill research to address key knowledge and technology gaps, fo- cusing on deepwater and Arctic environments. The Oil Spill Research program funds are used to sponsor testing of new equipment or methods and to support the bureau's oil spill and renewable energy test facility, Ohmsett. Department of Energy For FY 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) has re- quested $32.5 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion over FY 2016. Supporting areas of nuclear security, clean energy, en- vironmental cleanup, climate change response, science and innovation are a part of the DOE strategy. The budget request for the department supports this mission by offer- ing $12.6 billion for science and energy, including $11 bil- lion in discretionary funding and $1.6 billion in new direct spending authority, to support the president's strategy to combat climate change by supporting innovation across a diverse portfolio of energy technologies. Highlights of the investment in science and energy include $2.9 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to build on the Obama Admin- "Budget priorities include accelerating pace of innovation to tackle climate change and advancing national security and global leadership."

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