U.S. House Retains Wind Research Funding Level

Washington, D.C. – June 25, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The House Committee on Appropriations approved the fiscal year 2005 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill earlier last week, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The annual legislation provides funding for programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) such as the federal wind energy research and development (R&D) program budget and Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) for public utilities. Overall, the committee recommended a funding level of US$343 million for renewable energy programs, a decrease of $31.6 million from the Administration’s budget request. The Committee approved $41.6 million for DOE’s wind energy program, which was level with the the Administration’s request and this year’s funding level. It approved a slight increase for the Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) program, up $1 million from last year’s funding to $5 million. It is unclear when the full House will consider the legislation. The Senate has yet to schedule committee action on its version of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. Information courtesy of AWEA’s Wind Energy Weekly
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