Sen. Sherrod Brown says the 2010 energy spending bill approved by the Senate last week contains money for a Columbus-based "clean energy" research center and other Ohio initiatives.

The annual spending bill, which still must be reconciled with a House-approved version, has $500,000 earmarked for the Ohio Advanced Energy Manufacturing Center in Columbus, according to Brown's office. It is a follow-up earmark to nearly $1 million that Brown, D-Ohio, won last year for the center, which is supposed to lend business support to clean-energy manufacturing companies.

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