The ACCF joined more than 80 industry, academic, research, and environmental organizations in strong support of continued funding for ARPA-E, a highly innovative and effective program which enjoys strong bipartisan congressional support. Since its inception, ARPA-E has successfully sponsored a dynamic range of research, including technologies with potentially profound benefits for the nation’s future energy security. 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. The program utilizes a unique organizational structure and highly successful selection process to identify innovative technologies, pushes them to meet aggressive milestones and helps them to cross the valley of death so the private sector can then commercialize them.
The ACCF was a co-signatory on a letter to support $400 million in funding for ARPA-E in fiscal year 2020. The letter was sent to appropriators this week:READ LETTER