Posted on October 29, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Interior Appropriations conference report includes more than $105 million to support ongoing research activities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). "This critical investment in energy and conservation will keep Tennessee at the forefront of technological advancement," said Frist. "The Tennessee congressional delegation has worked hard to secure funding for Oak Ridge to support vital research in energy conservation and fuel cell development. These cutting-edge technologies ensure that our state and our nation continue to set the standard of technological innovation." "This investment in Oak Ridge National Laboratory will provide continued support for the President's hydrogen car initiative and other important energy and conservation research programs," Alexander said. "Investments in research and development can reduce emissions in the transportation and industrial sectors and will ultimately lead to the cleaner environment that all Tennesseans want. Senator Frist and I are pleased to announce this funding." This year's funding to ORNL represents an increase of more than $5 million over last year's budget to ensure that ORNL remains on the cutting edge of energy conservation and fuel cell research. The programs supported by this funding will contribute to our nation's advanced science and engineering capabilities and the development of new technologies. ORNL is an active participant in research programs that are working to increase the availability of clean renewable sources of energy, improve energy efficiency, and strengthen the environment. The funding will promote the following research areas at ORNL: FreedomCAR, the Advanced Combustion Engine, Fuel Cell Development, Advanced Building Technologies, and Distributed Energy Resources. The conference report awaits final passage by the House and Senate.