The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has advanced a spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The legislation funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at the President’s Budget Request of $4.94 billion. The legislation also adds $20 million for fusion energy sciences. At this point, information on the proposed Innovation Hubs and RE-ENERGYSE is unavailable. Two University of Washington projects were included in the bill:
- $1 million for the UW led Washington State Biofuels Industry Development project; and
- $880,000 for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, of which the UW is a partner.
Funding identified in the subcommittee bill does not guarantee project support, but is a critical step in the appropriations process.