WASHINGTON Energy legislation approved by the House on Thursday (April 21) includes provisions to fund research on renewable resources and photovoltaics along with fossil fuel and nuclear power projects.
The House version of the comprehensive energy bill includes two new demonstration programs to promote photovoltaics and biorefineries. No dollar amount was announced for the demonstration projects.
The bill also includes $3.9 billion for R&D on solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy development. Another $1.25 billion was earmarked for modernizing and safeguarding the U.S. electricity grid.
In addition, $1.6 billion was included in the bill for Energy Department scientific computing research.
The lion's share of R&D funding will go toward R&D for conventional energy sources such as oil, coal and nuclear power, including research on fusion energy, fuels cells, hydrogen power and "carbon capture" research.
The House version of the energy bill was approved by a wide margin, and included big tax breaks for energy companies. Observers said they expect the Senate energy debate to be heated.