The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill which included report language and appropriations for a new U.S.-Israel Energy Center. This follows similar language in the House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill last month.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for this Center since Congress authorized it in the 2014 landmark U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act.
Here is the section of the report: “Within amounts recommended for Corporate Support, $6,000,000 is for the U.S.-Israel energy cooperative agreement, of which $4,000,000 is provided to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy Engineering and Water Technology as authorized by the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act (Public Law 113–296), and $2,000,000 is recommended to continue cooperative and collaborative work with the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation. This joint research and development center between the U.S. and Israel shall focus on collaborative research initiatives among universities, research institutions, and industry partners that could include hydrocarbon extraction and processing, energy infrastructure and policies, process water treatment, alternative energy sources, and impacts on coastal communities. Funding provided shall be matched with Israeli government and industry funding.”
The Center will advance energy and water innovation by facilitating cooperative industrial R&D, technology sharing, regulatory convergence, training, and education among national laboratories, academic institutions, and companies in both nations. We understand that Israel has earmarked a minimum of $4 million per year for the Center as well.
Report supplied by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce