The Office of Fossil Energy is dedicated to helping meet the country's needs for coal, oil, and natural gas. Its projects include exploring clean coal technologies, increasing production in oil and gas fields, and managing emergency oil reserves. Some 1,000 engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative staff work for Fossil Energy. The organization includes the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. It also manages the $2 billion, 10-year Clean Coal Power Initiative tasked to develop new environmentally sound clean coal technologies. Fossil Energy is part of the US Department of Energy and was formed in 1979.