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PNNL Part of Multimillion Dollar Bioenergy Research Centers

RICHLAND, Wash.- Pacific Northwest National Lab is named part of a up to $375 million bioenergy project.

PNNL will team up with the new center in Wisconsin as part of DOE's effort to reduce the nation's gasoline usage.

Energy Secretary Sam Bodman made the announcement Tuesday.

The lab is already involved in numerous projects to wean drivers off of gasoline, including construction of new labs on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

This new funding should push those projects even higher.

"I think that they may be the most important thing that we do during my time as your energy secretary. Where energy is concerned, we simply must find ways to do more with less," said Bodman. 

The funding is part of the President's Twenty in Ten campaign aimed at decreasing the nation's gasoline usage by 20% over the next decade.

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