Energy leaders vouch for DOE agency on the chopping block

By Zach Bright | 03/13/2024 06:35 AM EDT

Bipartisan lawmakers also called the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy “highly successful.” Still, it faces additional cuts.

Lane Genatowski.

Lane Genatowski, former director of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Jonah Elkowitz for POLITICO

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the Department of Energy’s advanced research arm for its support of promising new technologies, despite approving cuts just a week earlier and Trump-era talk of eliminating the agency.

Rep. Brandon Williams (R-N.Y.), chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, said during a hearing Tuesday that the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, has been “highly successful since its inception” and “has played a unique role in making advanced nuclear a reality.”

Ranking member Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said its successes mean Congress “should be significantly increasing, not decreasing, its budget.”


Despite bipartisan commendations for ARPA-E — first created in 2009 to research high-risk, high-reward ways to generate, store and use energy that aren’t as viable in the private sector — the agency is staring down a smaller budget for the first time in 10 years.