One of the initial “winners” of Obama’s stimulus package is the Department of Energy.  It looks like they are working hard to get ready to award contracts (see article here).  Hopefully it is done correctly.  Any time government money is given out there is always a suspicion of the teams/companies that won the contract is actually the best bid, or really the best friends of those distributing the money.  We’ll hope that most of the money gets to the right people, and some real innovation comes out of this.