(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that her request for funding to support the Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (CORE) at the University of New Hampshire in Durham has been approved by the U.S. Senate in the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The $750,000 Shaheen secured will be used to upgrade the CORE program's existing tidal energy and wave energy test site, which will enhance the programs efforts to make ocean alternative energy technology a significant part of our nation's clean energy future.
"New Hampshire has led the way in developing alternative energy technologies, and the UNH Center for Ocean Renewable Energy is clearly no exception," said Shaheen. "The development of cutting edge technology like this will help our nation reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create jobs as we move toward a clean energy economy."
"We are very pleased to have received word of this award to the Center for Ocean Renewable Energy at UNH," said Janet Campbell, deputy vice president for research at UNH. "We are grateful for Senator Shaheen's support of the work to advance this new industry."
"Ocean Renewable Energy -- tidal, wave, ocean current and offshore wind energy -- is one of the more environmentally sustainable ways to generate electricity and this funding will allow the faculty, staff and students in CORE to continue our multiple-scale research, technology development, evaluation, education, and outreach," said Ken Baldwin, director of the Center for Ocean Engineering at UNH and interim director of CORE.
Shaheen has long been dedicated to helping create energy policy that will bring clean energy jobs to New Hampshire and support local development of alternative energy. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Shaheen worked to make sure the committee-passed 2009 Energy Bill will help innovative programs like CORE to take advantage of the our nation's move toward a clean energy economy.