Sandy Thomas, a long-time proponent of hydrogen vehicles (he's the former president of H2Gen Innovations), sent out a message that, buried in the 1 trillion-dollar spending bill, is $104 million for the DOE's hydrogen and fuel cell budget through the end of September next year. He writes:
In comparison, funding for biomass, solar and wind were cut by 41 percent, 37 percent and 27 percent, respectively, Thomas writes.
This is a remarkable outcome, since Secretary Chu requested only $100.45 million, and the House marked up the bill at only $91.5 million while the Senate came in at $98 million. Normally, the conference between the House and Senate will settle on a value that is the average of their two marks, or $94.7 million in this case. So the final $104 million is an increase of $9.3 million (9.8%) over the customary 50/50 split, and a $3.6 million (3.5%) increase over the Secretary's request. It is also a $6 million increase (6.1%) over the FY 2011 level of $98 million.