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May 25, 2023

Ranking Members Lofgren & Bowman Celebrate Funding to Advance Clean Energy Efforts at NREL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $150 Million in upgrades for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Revitalizing the infrastructure of our national labs has been a priority of the Science Committee for several years, and this announcement is a direct result of Committee efforts.

Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Energy Ranking Member Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) made the following statement.

“It’s very exciting to see the hard work of the Science Committee pay off with this announcement. We are very proud of what we and our Science Committee colleagues achieved under the leadership of former Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in securing support for science and clean energy solutions in the Inflation Reduction Act. NREL, and the other labs that make up our nation’s premiere national laboratory network, are on the cutting edge of science and innovation. To address our greatest challenges, like the climate crisis, we must continue to support their efforts.”

As the Committee identified and worked to address in the last Congress, there has been a significant need for funds to shore up and modernize the infrastructure of our national lab system, as well as to accelerate the construction of new world class tools that will advance the next generation of clean energy technologies here in the U.S. The Inflation Reduction Act provided $2 billion for this purpose, and these funds are now being used to provide vital support to our top researchers at labs across the nation.