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DOE ANNOUNCES RENEWAL OF NREL CONTRACT

 GOLDEN, Colo., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the renewal of Midwest Research Institute's contract for management and operation (M&O) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden.
 William H. White, Deputy Secretary of Energy, made the announcement during a question-and-answer session with employees of DOE's Golden Field Office, the office which administers the NREL contract and manages renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the nation.
 Midwest Research Institute, a not-for-profit research institution headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., has had the M&O contract for NREL since the Laboratory's creation in 1977. Each contract has run for a period of five years. The current contract expires Sept. 30, 1993.
 "We have been pleased with the performance of Midwest Research Institute," said White. "They have accomplished much in renewable energy and energy efficiency research over the past 15 years, and they have done so at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer."
 Midwest Research Institute has seen NREL through its earlydays of rapid growth and through the very lean years of the 1980s. Today, NREL is again experiencing growth in projects, budgets and personnel, and new facilities are under construction.
 The recently established Golden Field Office is experiencing similar growth in response to DOE's increased emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
 Most of the increased effort for the Field Office and NREL has been directed toward partnership arrangements with industry to further develop the technologies and speed their introduction into the marketplace.
 "This is a good time for the Laboratory and for the Golden Field Office," said White. "This administration recognizes the contributions renewable energy and energy efficiency programs can make to the nation's environmental quality and energy independence. U.S. leadership in these technologies can also enhance our international competitiveness, and that means jobs for American workers."
 NREL is the nation's lead research and development laboratory for renewable energy technologies.
 The Golden Field Office is DOE's only field element dedicated to working with industry to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and transfer them to the marketplace.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher Powers of DOE, 303-231-7842/


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