Support Letter for FY 2018 ARPA-E Funding

March 29, 2017

Senator Lamar Alexander
Chairman
Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Ranking Member
Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Mike Simpson
Chairman
House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
2084 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Representative Marcy Kaptur
Ranking Member
House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
2186 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Feinstein, Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:

The undersigned organizations, companies and institutions write today to express our strong support for continued funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) in the FY 2018 budget and in subsequent funding cycles.

As you know, ARPA-E has been a highly innovative and effective program, successfully conducting critical research necessary to ensure the nation’s future energy security and as such, enjoys strong bi-partisan support. Modeled after the highly successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ARPA-E supports “high-risk, high-reward” research which has the potential to drastically alter how we make and use energy in the future. ARPA-E finds innovative technologies and gives them the critical push to get to the point where industry can take over investment. ARPA-E is helping to foster groundbreaking technological innovations, including energy storage, advanced nuclear, and carbon capture and sequestration. The enthusiasm for ARPA-E’s vision and nimble culture was evidenced in its eighth annual Energy Innovation Summit convening over 2,000 attendees including entrepreneurs, state and federal government officials, state and federal agencies, and investors.

As both the Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approach markup and consider funding for the FY 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, we urge you to support our nation’s energy security and competitiveness through this transformational agency and to fund ARPA-E consistent with levels approved in both the House and Senate for fiscal year 2017 of at least $325 million.

The importance of U.S. leadership in energy technologies to our economic and energy security makes ARPA-E a tremendous competitive advantage for our nation. Stable and sustained funding is necessary to ensure this successful program continues to spearhead America’s energy research.

Sincerely,

______________________________

Cc: Senators McConnell, Schumer, Cochran and Leahy
Cc: Representatives Ryan, Pelosi, Frelinghuysen and Lowey

Senator Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Thad Cochran
Chairman
Senate Committee on Appropriations
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Patrick Leahy
Vice Chairman
Senate Committee on Appropriations
437 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Paul Ryan
House Majority Leader
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Representative Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader
233 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen
Chairman
House Committee on Appropriations
2306 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Representative Nita Lowey
Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations
2365 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

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