A bill which will massively increase the funding directed to improving energy efficiency and researching alternative energy sources was passed by the House July 28. The Energy Policy Act 2005, HR 6, was approved by 275 to 156 and is expected to be endorsed by the Senate before the August recess.
The bill proposes $31.2 billion funding over the three years of fiscal years 2007-2009 for basic science and applied energy research. This would include $14.5 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, DoE’s leading civilian funding agency for physical sciences R&D. If fully authorized, these proposals would double that agency’s budget over five years