Legislators and scientific societies rally behind high-impact energy research program

Since 2007, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program has provided funding for high-potential, high-impact energy technologies. Though ARPA-E historically has received strong Congressional support, for FY 2018 the program was zeroed out in the House Energy and Water appropriations bill. ASA, CSSA and SSSA, along with 80 other scientific organization and schools, signed on to a letter in support of the FY 2018 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which not only rejects the FY 2018 budget proposal to eliminate ARPA-E, but increases funding above FY 2017 levels. The letter also show support for the bipartisan House legislation that would to reauthorize the ARPA-E and approve increased funding through 2022.