U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a $33.5 billion spending bill to fund government energy and water programs for the 2010 budget year that began October 1.
Following are key provisions in the bill:
* Solar Energy: $225 million for research, development, and demonstration projects to make solar energy more affordable.
* Biofuels: $220 million for grants to improve production of alternative fuels such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel.
* Vehicle Technology: $311 million to improve fuel efficiency with better engines, better batteries and engines that burn clean, domestic fuel.
* Hydrogen Technology: $174 million to help develop hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies.
* Energy Efficient Buildings: $200 million to research conservation technologies for buildings and industry to reduce energy demand.
* Industrial Technologies: $96 million to help businesses improve energy efficiency.
* Weatherization Grants: $210 million for insulation and energy conservation measures to reduce utility bills for low-income families.
* Electricity: $172 million to research smart-grid technologies and energy storage and defend the power system against Internet attacks.
* Fossil Fuels: $672 million for research to reduce harmful emissions from fossil fuels, including $404 million for carbon capture and sequestration for coal-based activities.
* Nuclear: $787 million for research and development, including $169 million for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant.
* Nuclear Cleanup: $6.4 billion to clean up military and civilian nuclear facilities.
* Nuclear Weapons: $2.1 billion for nonproliferation activities and $6.4 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
* Significant cuts include nuclear waste disposal. The White House scrapped the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The bill gives $197 million, $92 million below 2009, to continue the licensing process and evaluate alternatives.
* $5.4 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to build and maintain navigation canals and flood-control projects.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan and Ayesha Rascoe; editing by Jim Marshall)