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(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she included $2,000,000 for clean energy algae biofuel research at Washington State University in the Fiscal Year 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that was approved today by the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I’m proud to continue to support funding for cutting-edge research at WSU that will create jobs and ensure our state’s position as a leader in clean energy technology,” said Senator Murray. “The research being done at WSU will boost our local economy and bring our nation closer to cleaner sources of energy.”

“Washington State University is very committed to working with our partners Targeted Growth and Inventure to develop a viable integrated system to grow, harvest and process energy and high value products using algae as a feedstock. We very much appreciate Senator Murray’s leadership and support of this effort,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President, WSU.

The WSU Algae Biofuels project is a partnership between WSU and the Seattle-based Targeted Growth Inc.   It will create high-skill jobs in both Pullman and the Puget Sound area and provide researchers with the resources they need to develop new, energy-efficient fuel sources.  Blue-green algae are a particularly promising candidate for fuel, as their highly-concentrated absorption of solar energy makes them more energy-efficient than traditional biofuel.   

Having passed the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee today, the bill will now go to the full Appropriations Subcommittee before going to the full Senate for consideration.