The Department of Energy established a new office Tuesday devoted to developing technologies that are able to reduce the economy's reliance on fossil fuels.
The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, which was authorized by the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, will spend from its $20 billion allocation to support demonstration projects looking to commercialize technologies such as carbon capture, small modular nuclear reactors, and grid-scale energy storage.
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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement that the office "will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country."
Developing fossil fuel alternatives is a priority for President Joe Biden, who set a grid-wide goal of achieving 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 and is aiming to get the United States to net-zero emissions by 2050, but many Republicans have also backed the use of public-private partnerships to develop energy technologies.
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The bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed with 19 Republican votes in the Senate, also devotes some $2.5 billion to fund the research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor technology.