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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      May 10, 2006

RPSEA Wins Multi-year DoE Contract to Fund Research to Develop Domestic Supplies of Natural Gas

(Washington, DC) – The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) today announced it has been selected to administer part of a new ten year, $50 million per year Department of Energy research program to develop new technologies to produce more abundant and affordable domestic energy supplies.

"Developing cutting edge technologies to bring reliable sources of clean-burning, environmentally friendly, domestic natural gas to American consumers is exactly the kind of investment that the United States should be making today, especially in light of sharply rising energy costs," said C. Michael Ming, incoming president of RPSEA. "We need to tap America''s finest minds in academia and industry to address our domestic energy needs. RPSEA is honored to be chosen by the Department to lead this critically important and unique public-private partnership."

RPSEA is a non-profit national consortium with 84 members, including 19 of the nation’s premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers and energy consumers with activities in 21 states. RPSEA was founded in 2002 by five research universities and the Gas Technology Institute, a non-profit research laboratory. To administer the program, RPSEA would manage a research program of $37.5 million per year and, through a competitive process, award research contracts to the nation’s universities, research institutions, national laboratories and industry partners.

The new natural gas and other petroleum supply R&D program, which serves as the basis for the contract , was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and signed into law by President Bush last summer. The statute requires that the research program be managed by a 501c3 non-profit consortium and provides for substantial oversight by the Department of Energy.