ASSEMBLY
CALIFORNIA
LEGISLATURE


MARILYN C. BREWER
Assemblywoman, Seventieth District
Representing Orange County


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 1998
CONTACT:
Floreine R. Kahn
(916) 445-7222


BREWER ANNOUNCES FUNDS
FOR FUEL CELL RESEARCH



Sacramento, Calif. -- Assemblywoman Marilyn C. Brewer (R-Irvine) announced today that the California Energy Commission has approved $350,000 in funds for an Irvine research project on fuel cells.

The project by the Energy and Environmental Research Corporation was among 20 projects funded by the Energy Commission for a total of $18.3 million. The project, which converts fossil fuel to hydrogen, was selected from 180 proposals submitted by the research, development and demonstration (RD&D) community in response to the first general solicitation of the CommissionŐs Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.

"I am pleased that the California Energy Commission allocated money to this important research project," stated Assemblywoman Brewer. "This project is a vital step in advancing technological breakthroughs that will lead us into the new millennium."

In addition to PIER funding, the Energy and Environmental Research Corporation will provide $303,458 in matching funds. The Energy Commission's PIER program seeks public interest RD&D projects with the most potential to make electricity safer, more affordable, reliable and environmentally sound for California.


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