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.
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
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
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.