Dear Chairman Kaptur, Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Simpson, and Ranking Member Feinstein:
America’s leadership in energy innovation has advanced a number of national priorities over the past several decades. Federal investments have helped spawn new and lucrative domestic industries, created millions of well-paying U.S. jobs, increased energy security, enhanced the nation’s global influence, and reduced emissions. While these are impressive returns on investment, there is still enormous untapped potential in this sector. With your continued leadership, robust and well-directed federal funding can create additional opportunities to develop, advance, and commercialize critical energy technologies and unlock the many rewards that come with them. We ask that Congress continue to provide the resources needed for vital research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities across all areas of the Department of Energy (DOE), and increase these investments where possible.