ARPA-E Coalition Letter of Support in the FY 2018 Budget

May 25, 2017



May 19, 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

Advanced Energy Economy Aerodyne Research, Inc.

Ambri Inc.

American Chemical Society American Geophysical Union Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

Association of American Universities

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Bettergy Corp.

Birch Tree Capital BlueWave Solar BPC Action Brayton Energy

Case Western Reserve University Center for Carbon Removal Chimera Bioengineering

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Venture Group Cleantech Open Northeast Congruent Ventures

DBL Partners Dioxide Materials DNV GL

Duke University Econpolicy

Energy Excelerator FireFlower Alternative Energy FirstFuel Software

Gas Technology Institute Georgia Institute of Technology Gnosys, Inc.

Greentown Labs Handy Law, LLC Harvard University Independence Solar Industrial Microbes

Invizyne Technologies, Inc Kent State University


Lightsmith Group

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Markham Group

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Michigan Technological University MIT Sloan

National Venture Capital Association New Hampshire Clean Tech Council

New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) Newport Solar

Newton Energy Group LLC North Carolina State University Northeast Clean Energy Council Onboard Dynamics, Inc.

Oregon BEST Otherlab

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) Penn State University

Phinix,LLC Pinnacle Engines

Plant Sensory Systems Pneubotics

Prelude Ventures Prospect Silicon Valley Robert Bosch LLC SAFCell

SixPoint Materials, Inc. SLIPS Technologies Inc.

Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP Spruce Capital Partners

Starfire Energy

Stony Brook University Swift Coat, Inc.


The Texas A&M University System The University of Texas at Austin

U.S. Chamber of Commerce UC San Diego

University of California Berkeley University of California San Diego University of California, Irvine University of California, Riverside University of Colorado Boulder University of Delaware

University of Georgia University of Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Maryland

University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester University of Tennessee University of Vermont University of Washington

Urban Future Lab/ ACRE Incubator

Vanderbilt University Volute, Inc.

Yield10 Bioscience Inc.




















































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