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Clean Energy Research on Algae Biofuels Included in Final Version of Spending Bill

Oct 15 2009

Murray worked to include this funding, which will create jobs and position Washington state as a leader in clean energy technology

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that that the  $2 million she included for clean energy algae biofuels research at Washington State University in the fiscal year 2010 Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill has been included in the final version of the spending bill. The bill has now been approved by both houses of Congress after passing the Senate today by a vote of 80-17 and will now head to the President who is expected to sign it into law.

“This funding will support cutting-edge research that will create jobs and continue to position Washington state as a leader in the clean energy economy,” said Senator Patty Murray.  “It provides a shot in the arm for Washington state biofuels research, and will help our country move toward cleaner and more efficient energy use.” 

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 algal fuel sources.  Algae is a particularly promising candidate for fuel use, as its efficiency in capturing solar energy results in higher productivity per unit area than a traditional biofuel energy crop.  

 “Washington State University is committed to partnering with the clean-technology sector to find innovative solutions for supplying energy and improving environmental quality,” said Howard Grimes, the WSU Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.  “This funding will allow our scholars and partners to apply their knowledge to solve problems and create economic opportunity in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world.”