Open Letter on ARPA-E in Energy and Environment

BPC Action thanks appropriators, including Sens. Lamar Alexander and Dianne Feinstein and Reps. Mike Rogers and Marcy Kaptur, for their continued support of programs critical to advancing the next generation of domestic energy technologies.

As Congress quickly pivots to Fiscal Year 2018, BPC Action joined over 120 other organizations in support of Advanced Research Program Agency -Energy (ARPA-E) in this open letter to Sens. Alexander and Feinstein and Reps. Rogers and Kaptur.

Unique among government programs, ARPA-E has attracted nearly $2 billion in private sector funding and 56 projects have resulted in new companies.  This transformative program within the Department of Energy funds high risk, early-stage research projects.  For each project, there are milestones that if not met can result in the loss of funding, ensuring effective use of limited federal resources.

In its most recent report, the American Energy Innovation Council noted “ARPA-E’s highly effective approach—a focus on “game-changing” technologies, strict performance metrics and an ability to jettison projects that do not meet milestones—has been central to growing, bipartisan support for the agency.“

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Senator Lamar Alexander
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
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.


Achates Power
Advanced Energy Economy
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
Allied Metal Company
Alveo Energy, Inc.
Ambri Inc.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Society of Agronomy
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
Association of American Universities
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Bettergy Corp.
Birch Tree Capital
Blue Current
BlueWave Solar
BPC Action
Brayton Energy
California Clean Energy Fund
Case Western Reserve University
Center for Carbon Removal
Chimera Bioengineering
Clean Energy Trust
Clean Energy Venture Group
Cleantech Open Northeast
Colorado State University
Congruent  Ventures
Crop Science Society of America
DBL Partners
Dioxide Materials
Duke University
Energy Innovation LLC
Entrepreneur in Life Sciences
FireFlower Alternative Energy
FirstFuel Software
Gas Technology Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gnosys, Inc.
Greentown Labs
Handy Law, LLC
Swift Coat, Inc.
The Optical Society
The Texas A&M University System
The University of Texas at Austin
Third Way
TL Biolabs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of California System
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
Yield10 Bioscience Inc.
Harvard University
Independence Solar
Industrial  Microbes
Institute of Electrical and ElectronicsEngineers – USA (IEEE-USA)
Invizyne Technologies, Inc
Kent State University
Lightsmith  Group
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Michigan  Technological  University
NAATBatt  International
National Venture Capital Association
New Hampshire Clean Tech Council
New Hampshire Sustainable EnergyAssociation (NHSEA)
New York Battery and Energy StorageTechnology Consortium
Newport Solar
Newton Energy Group LLC
North Carolina State University
Northeast Clean Energy Council
Onboard Dynamics, Inc.
Oregon BEST
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Pinnacle Engines
Plant Sensory Systems
PolyPlus Battery Company
Prelude  Ventures
PRIME Coalition Inc
Prospect Silicon Valley
ProsumerGrid,  Inc.
Robert Bosch LLC
Sila Nanotechnologies Inc.
SixPoint Materials, Inc.
SLIPS Technologies Inc.
Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP
Soil Science Society of America
Southwest Research Institute
Spruce Capital Partners
Starfire Energy
Stony Brook University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
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.

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Senator Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader
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Washington, DC 20510

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Senate Committee on Appropriations
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Washington, DC 20510

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Vice Chairman
Senate Committee on Appropriations
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Washington, DC 20510

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Speaker of the House
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Washington, DC 20515

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Minority Leader
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Washington, DC 20515

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House Committee on Appropriations
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Washington, DC 20515

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Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriation
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