WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) today applauded the passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This annual spending bill for the country’s energy and water programs contains critical provisions that will help protect Delaware’s coastline, support the development of the Wilmington Harbor, and support energy research and efficiency programs relied on by Delawareans. The bill passed both chambers of Congress this week and is headed to the President’s desk for signature.
“When it comes to Delaware’s environment and its economy, this bill is a win-win,” said Senator Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Among other things, this funding will help bolster our state’s water infrastructure, protect our coastline that is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events, and keep the Port of Wilmington competitive. While we still have more to do, the passage of this funding bill is good news for Delaware communities.”
“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m focused on fighting for Delaware priorities like protecting our coastline, one of our most important natural resources,” said Senator Coons, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This appropriations bill includes important federal funds to maintain and protect Delaware’s beaches, invest in our infrastructure, and help Delaware families save on energy costs.”
The legislation includes $5.491 million for the Wilmington Harbor, which will ensure ships can continue to access the Port of Wilmington and allow maritime commerce in Delaware to proceed smoothly. Additionally, $12.45 million in funding is included in the bill for maintenance of the C&D Canal. The Senators also fought for strong shore protection funding to support Delaware’s coastal communities.
Within the Department of Energy, this legislation includes $366 million for the Advanced Research Programs Agency-Energy as well as $6.585 billion for the Office of Science, including $110 million for the Energy Frontier Research Centers and $20 million for EPSCoR. The University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and other Delaware researchers have been awarded funding through these important programs for a number of years. Further, Delaware will continue to receive funding through the Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program, which focus on energy efficiency improvements for low income households and energy activities respectively.