This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn back the Obama administration’s methane rule, and several pieces of legislation related to energy efficiency.

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On September 13 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 new projects as part of its new program called Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS). The projects that make up the IONICS program transform current technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products. To learn more about IONICS, read on!

Continue Reading U.S. Department of Energy Announces 16 New Innovative Projects in Energy Storage and Conversion

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs. The DOE now believes that some of the 75 battery system projects it is currently funding have the ability to transform the renewable energy storage industry in as little as 5-10 years. To learn more about these breakthrough technologies, read on!

Continue Reading “Holy Grail” of Renewable Energy Storage is Fast-Approaching

On January 7th, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it was making available up to $125 million in funding for transformational energy projects through the ‘OPEN 2015’ program. The program, which will be run by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will support energy research and development projects from top U.S. innovators, including game-changing new transportation and stationary technologies. ARPA-E has previously issued OPEN solicitations in 2009 and 2012.

This is a great opportunity for companies developing new technologies for energy innovation. Transformational technologies means: Think big!

Continue Reading New Funding for Energy Innovation: D.O.E. Announces $125 Million for Transformational Energy Projects

The fifth annual Energy Innovation Summit organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be held on February 24-26, 2014 in Washington, D.C..  If you are unable to attend in person, please make sure to follow the Energy Department (@Energy) and ARPA-E (@ARPAE) on Twitter for the latest news and events from the Summit.

Every year, the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit assembles the nation’s most innovative minds to connect, share best practices during interactive panel sessions, see the latest technological advancements across a wide variety of energy sectors; hear keynotes from industry leaders and luminaries on the future of energy technologies; and attend practical seminars on core concepts and skills for transitioning cutting-edge technologies into successful commercial products. The event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. For more information regarding specific keynote speeches, panel sessions and networking events, please visit the following website: 2014 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Agenda. Continue Reading Fifth Annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: February 24-26, 2014

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

The House is back in session this week, and healthcare measures are expected to dominate both chambers.  Three conference committees are reconciling differences between House and Senate approved bills.   The first will tackle S. 601 and H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Development Act; the second will address the budget, giving a path forward for 2014 appropriations; and the third will focus on the farm bill.  Of the three committees, the latter two have the most relevance to energy-related matters.  Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of November 11, 2013

By: Tom Burton

Under the authority of Section 5107 of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 15 U.S.C. § 638(dd), Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) notified Sam Graves (R-MO), chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, that the agency will issue Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to small businesses that are majority-owned by venture capital companies, hedge funds or private equity firms.  The SBIR is a competitive program that uses awards to enable highly-qualified companies to explore their technological potential in the nation’s R&D arena and provides incentives for those companies to move to commercialization.     Continue Reading DOE ARPA-E Will Exercise Its Authority to Issue SBIR Grants to Venture Capital Majority-Owned Small Businesses

It’s been a tale of two chambers in Congress with the House falling down party lines and the Senate coming together in bipartisan fashion, most notably on confirming Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary and approving the Water Resources Development Act. Continue Reading The Water Resources Development Act and ARPA-E Funding– ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental Update

Last week, the Senate passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 (S. Con. Res. 8) by a 50-49 vote. Although the resolution is non-binding and likely to change in the upcoming weeks, the resolution amendments that the Senate passed could offer insights as to the full Senate’s stance on key energy issues. In a 62-37 vote, the Senate approved the establishment of a deficit-neutral reserve fund to promote investment and job growth through the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Additionally, the Senate voted to increase funding for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by $50 million over 10 years. Continue Reading Early Indications of Senate’s Stance on Energy Issues: Keystone and ARPA-E – ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental Update