WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Senate passed $2 million in federal funding for projects in Ohio that support clean energy and water infrastructure projects. The funding, which was secured by Brown, was included in the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2010, which passed the Senate late last evening.
The bill provides funding for two important projects that will spur clean energy manufacturing, research, and development in Ohio. The Ohio Advanced Energy Manufacturing Center in Columbus will receive $500,000 and the Clean Energy Infrastructure Educational Initiative in Dayton will receive $500,000.
“With the right federal investments, Ohio can become the Silicon Valley of Clean Energy Manufacturing,” Brown said. “These funds will help Ohio businesses and entrepreneurs develop and manufacture clean energy technologies. Clean energy will help create news jobs and promote lasting economic development.”
$500,000 Ohio Advanced Energy Manufacturing Center – Edison Welding Institute
Last year, Brown secured $951,500 to help launch this first-of-its-kind center which will provide support for clean energy manufacturing companies. The Center will promote product development, process engineering, and manufacturing technologies to help commercialize clean energy projects. Brown secured an additional $500,000 in funds this year to provide additional support to this new center.
$500,000 Clean Energy Infrastructure Educational Initiative - The University of Dayton
These funds will help establish The Renewable and Clean Energy Education Institute at the University of Dayton. The University of Dayton will partner with Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology to develop programs aimed at increasing the engineers and scientists necessary to secure future energy needs, as well as to advance renewable and clean energy industries in Ohio
The bill also includes critical environmental infrastructure funds to promote flood mitigation, and protect water resources.
“Water infrastructure is critical to long-term economic growth,” Brown said. “These funds will ensure Ohioans have access to safe and clean drinking water and protect Ohioans from flooding.”
The legislation includes funds for a statewide environmental infrastructure program and flood mitigation project in Findlay and Ottawa.
$1,000,000 – Ohio Environmental Infrastructure Program
These funds would provide design and construction assistance for water-related projects that promote environmental infrastructure and resource protection. These funds were secured by Brown and Sen. George V. Voinovich.
Findlay and Ottawa
The bill includes a federal commitment to the Blanchard River Watershed Flood Control in the City Findlay and Village of Ottawa.
This funding would protect the watershed and residents along the Blanchard River and help ensure the long-term economic viability of the region.
The legislation must go through a House-Senate conference committee before heading to the President’s desk for signature.