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The Department of Energy's budget request for fiscal year 1994 is $19.6 billion, a modest increase over fiscal 1993's appropriation of $19 billion. Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary described the request as a shift in priorities to meet the needs of a shifting world.

“In concert with other administration activities, DOE will continue in fiscal 1994 to substantially redirect DOE's research and development priorities,” said O'Leary. The emphasis is on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources, natural gas utilization, and technology transfer from the national laboratories aimed at increasing competitiveness, she said.

For national defense needs, the fiscal 1994 budget drops from $7.2 billion to $5.9 billion. Many projects for advanced nuclear reactors will be eliminated, and funding for nuclear weapons activities will be reduced.