HOUSE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES BIPARTISAN ENERGY INNOVATION BILLS
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy, chaired by Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17), passed two bipartisan bills that are essential to developing innovative energy technologies to advance our nation’s clean energy future. H.R. 4091 increases the budget for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E, and modernizes the research program. H.R. 4230 authorizes the Department of Energy to advance technologies that will help reduce emissions from industrial sources.
The ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Lamb, significantly increases ARPA-E’s budget to allow the agency to scale its groundbreaking research and development in the energy sector. First authorized by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in 2007, ARPA-E addresses some of the unique challenges of advancing new clean energy technologies. H.R. 4091 will ensure that ARPA-E has the resources it needs to make an impact on the nation’s energy sector.
“Groundbreaking research involves a high level of risk. The private sector is unable to take on these risks alone and this bill ensures that we double down on ARPA-E, one of the most successful programs in our entire research enterprise,” said Lamb.
“ARPA-E’s unique work is one of the best tools we have to produce the innovation needed to maintain our international competitiveness and transition ourselves to a clean energy future. If we are truly serious about using innovation to address the increasing dangers of climate change, then we must provide ARPA-E the resources to reach its immense potential,” said Johnson.
The Subcommittee on Energy also passed H.R. 4230, the Clean Industrial Technology Act of 2019. Introduced by Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), H.R. 4230 authorizes a cross-agency program led by the Department of Energy to conduct research and development to advance technologies that will help reduce emissions from industrial sources.
Today, the manufacturing sector contributes nearly 25% of the nation’s emissions, while only 6% of the Department of Energy’s research budget is dedicated to developing technologies to help reduce emissions from manufacturing. H.R. 4230 will address these important issues by authorizing a program to advance technologies that will help reduce emissions from industrial sources of emissions including: steel and cement production, chemical production, and industrial heat. The research program will operate in collaboration with stakeholders from industry and labor groups to ensure that those who will work most closely with these technologies have a say in our nation’s investment in their development.
H.R. 4091 is endorsed by a broad range of industry and environmental stakeholders, including: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Council on Competitiveness, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the American Gas Association (AGA), the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Fusion Industry Association (FIA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), ConservAmerica, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Third Way, the American Security Project (ASP), the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the American Chemical Society (ACS), The Optical Society (OSA), IEEE-USA, the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC), and the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), American Petroleum Institute (API).
H.R. 4230 is endorsed by a range of stakeholders including: the National Association of Manufacturers, the United Steelworkers, and the Clean Air Task Force, among many others.