The President\u2019s proposed 2013 budget asks for a small part of its total $3.8 trillion to be an increase for renewables. It would earmark $500 million in spending on renewable energy projects. The budget was released Feb. 13. Energy highlights in the proposed budget that affect California include: -Environmental Protection Agency--Increasing by $201 million the agency\u2019s budget to address global warming, as well as an increase of $8.5 million for permitting greenhouse gas reduction projects. Administrator Lisa Jackson said while the climate change budget \u201ccontent remains strong,\u201d she doesn\u2019t think that Congress will pass any climate change legislation this year. The agency is moving towards a fee-based process for Energy Star certification. -Treasury--Extending current subsidies for renewables for as much as 30 percent of development costs. -Department of Energy--Promoting reducing distributed solar installation costs by 75 percent; proposing $60 million for storage research; recommending $276 million for research and development into advanced fossil fuel power; and cutting $40 billion in fossil fuel power tax credits. -Department of Interior--Increasing by $15 million (21 percent) over this year funds for renewables programs, bringing the total to $86 million and continuing the use of public lands for wind, solar, and geothermal projects, with a goal of permitting 11,000 MW by the end of 2013. -Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Proposing a $75 million increase to this agency that has natural gas pipeline oversight. The 2013 budget is set to be implemented by October this year.