Review of Some Aspects of the Authorization and Creation of the Solar Energy Research Institute

EMD-77-67: Published: Sep 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1977.

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The substantial changes in the organization, management, and content of the solar and other energy research, development, and demonstration programs that have occurred since the Solar Energy Research Institute's (SERI) authorization in late 1974 call into question the need for establishing SERI. There are a number of actions which Congress may wish to consider during its deliberations on the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) authorization bill for fiscal year 1978 and amendments affecting the authorization and funding of the SERI effort.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should evaluate the impact of the changes in solar and other energy research programs which have occurred since 1974 on the need for SERI prior to making any major financial commitment to its establishment. Since there may not be time for making this evaluation prior to consideration of the ERDA authorization bill, Congress may wish to consider funding SERI at a reduced level until such an evaluation can be made. Should the need for SERI be clearly demonstrated, ERDA or the Department of Energy should be required to give greater consideration to placing SERI at an existing laboratory. Congress should reject any amendment or proposal that would have the effect of authorizing or funding a regional SERI network until the need for and composition of such a network is adequately demonstrated.


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