Pew Center on Global Climate Change / by Sam Wurzelmann
The Pew Center recently released an update to its 2009 white paper on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Recovery Act spending. The publication summarizes DOE ARRA spending, the Recovery Act’s effects on employment, and highlights a number of notable projects.
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change released its first white paper on ARRA in December of 2009. As the majority of clean energy investments are made through grants and contracts that require reviewed proposals, much of the money could not be spent quickly (CEA, 2010). This version of the white paper summarizes the DOE ARRA spending and the Recovery Act’s effects on employment by updating and adding to the original paper. Financial data for project awards are updated with current figures. A new section, Recovery Act Project Highlights, has been added to highlight a number of notable projects.
The following terms found throughout this brief are used by the federal government to describe the status of funds within the process of disbursement and spending. Funds that are ‘authorized’ are made available by Congress for a specific purpose; funds that are ‘awarded’ are committed to a specific project or activity and will likely result in payment; funds that are ‘outlaid’ have been paid to the recipient (DOE, 2011).
As of April 22, 2011, 95 percent of DOE’s total authorized ARRA funds had been awarded and 39 percent of total funds had been outlaid (DOE, 2011).