Those who were worried that the U.S. government was picking winners by only spending $2.4 billion on batteries
should be pleased with this: Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced $347 additional million
from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to an assorted array of projects that aim to provide energy security for the U.S. The projects cover smart grid work, supercomputing, genomics related to bio-energy, materials science, fusion energy, integrated climate research and smart grid technologies. About one third of to total funds ($107.5 M) is being allocated to universities, non-profit organizations and private firms. The rest is distributed to several U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories for a range of research, instrumentation, and infrastructure projects. For ethanol
lovers, the D.O.E. also announced an additional $5.5 million
to expand the use of ethanol blends by expanding infrastructure and for projects to promote the use of E85.