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Governmental Organization

Office of Fossil Energy

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Purpose and Activities

To ensure the nation can continue to rely on traditional resources for clean, secure and affordable energy while enhancing environmental protection.


Established in 1979; Rapidly escalating global energy issues convinced the U.S. Government that a sharper focus should be applied to federal energy programs. On August 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act, consolidating more than 30 separate energy functions carried out by various government agencies, including coal research, the forerunner of the Office of Fossil Research. On October 1, 1977, the U.S. Department of Energy was activated. In the original Energy Department organization, Fossil Energy programs were managed as a division under the Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology. On October 1, 1979, many of the Department's energy research functions were recognized, and the Fossil Energy program was elevated to its current Assistant Secretary-level status.


Office of Fossil Energy

Government agency


1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC United States 20585

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