ARPA-E Coalition Conference Letter

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July 23, 2018

Senator Richard Shelby
Senate Committee on Appropriations Room S-128, United States Capitol Building Washington, DC 20510

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen Chairman
House Committee on Appropriations
Room H-305, United States Capitol Building Washington, DC 20515

Senator Patrick Leahy
Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Appropriations Room S-128, United States Capitol Building Washington, DC 20510

Representative Nita Lowey
Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations
Room H-205, United States Capitol Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Leahy, Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey,

We fully support the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program. ARPA-E plays a unique and critical role in maintaining America’s global leadership in energy technologies and our energy security. As the House and Senate deliberate the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations conference bill, we urge you to support the Senate bill’s funding level of $375 million for this vital program.

ARPA-E is crucial for continuing American energy innovation. It is a highly effective program which enjoys strong bipartisan congressional support. Since its inception, ARPA-E has successfully sponsored a dynamic range of research projects, including technologies with potentially profound benefits for the nation’s energy security. Modeled after the highly successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ARPA-E supports “high-risk, high-reward” research that has the potential to drastically alter how we make and use energy. It encourages researchers to take risks that the private sector by itself simply cannot, while encouraging projects to anticipate and address potential roadblocks they may face on the path to commercialization. ARPA-E’s widely lauded approach to R&D is now being copied in other federal agencies. The program uses a highly competitive selection process to identify innovative projects, pushes them to meet aggressive milestones, and helps technologies cross the valley of death so the private sector can then commercialize them. ARPA-E is a critical part of maintaining America’s competitive edge in energy technology.

Despite being less than a decade old, ARPA-E is already fostering groundbreaking technological innovations in energy storage, manufacturing efficiency, and advanced nuclear. In its nearly 10-year history, 136 of more than 340 completed projects supported by ARPA-E have attracted over $2.6 billion in private sector follow-on funding, and 71 projects have gone on to form new companies. The enthusiasm for ARPA-E’s vision and quality of work is evidenced by its ability to repeatedly draw more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, state and federal government officials, and large numbers of investors to its annual Energy Innovation Summit.

The importance of U.S. leadership in energy technologies to our economic growth and energy security makes ARPA-E a tremendous competitive advantage for our nation. ARPA-E is a smart investment for America’s future, but stable and sustained funding growth is necessary to ensure this successful program continues to spearhead high-impact energy research for the benefit of American consumers and businesses.


American Chemical Society

American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF)

American Geophysical Union

American Society of Agronomy

Association of American Universities

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Bettergy Corp.

Boston University

BPC Action

Brayton Energy

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Trust

Copper Development Association

Dioxide Materials

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)

Florida State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Greentown Labs

Industrial Microbes

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Invizyne Technologies, Inc.

Marine BioEnergy, Inc.

Michigan State University

Newton Energy Group LLC

Onboard Dynamics, Inc.

Penn State University

Phinix LLC

Plant Sensory Systems

Prospect Silicon Valley

ProsumerGrid, Inc.


Silicon Valley Leadership Group

SixPoint Materials, Inc.

Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP

Spruce Capital Partners

Starfire Energy

Stony Brook University

Swift Coat, Inc.


The State University of New York

The Texas A&M University System

Third Way

University of California System

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of Colorado

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Houston System

University of Maryland, College Park

University of New Mexico

University of Rochester

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Madison

US Chamber of Commerce

Vanderbilt University

______________________________ Cc:

Senate Majority Leader McConnell

Senate Democratic Leader Schumer

Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander

Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein

House Speaker Ryan

House Democratic Leader Pelosi

House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson

House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur

Senator John Boozman

Senator Steve Daines

Senator James Lankford

Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Chris Murphy

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler

Representative John Carter

Representative Ken Calvert

Representative Chuck Fleischmann

Representative Jeff Fortenberry

Representative Tim Ryan

Representative Scott W. Taylor

Representative Pete Visclosky

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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