Investments in Critical Materials Research Are Vital to American Competitiveness

By Jack Mann  Despite having an abundance of geological resources, the United States depends on imports for its supply of the minerals needed to produce many important technologies. The United States meets its demand for several of these minerals, known as critical materials, with imports from countries whose industrial policies, often designed to favor domestic[…]

ARPA-E Funding Certainty Matters

By Erin Smith Innovation has been at the center of America’s economic competitiveness for decades. In the energy sector, federal research and development (R&D) programs have served as a foundation on which the private sector has built an impressive track record of innovation, creating jobs, lowering costs and enhancing energy security. The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy[…]

Five Reasons Energy Innovation Matters

1. Decades of federal energy research laid the groundwork for many of the technologies we enjoy today. For example: Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs) – DOE grants aided the discovery of low-cost battery materials, enabling LIBs to commercialize, which now power everything from laptops to smart phones. LED Lighting – DOE research produced more efficient and longer-lasting[…]

AEIC: U.S. Must Boost, Not Cut, Energy R&D Investment

Washington, D.C.– American Energy Innovation Council Staff Director Brad Townsend issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019: “Much of America’s current energy boom—in shale oil and gas, renewable energy, and many other areas—can be attributed to federally-funded energy research that the private sector has then relied on to[…]

Department of Energy State Level Funding

The Department of Energy (DOE) funds innovative energy research across a range of disciplines throughout the United States, bolstering national security, creating jobs and economic opportunities, and improving access to reliable and affordable energy in every region. The map below illustrates the investment into each state by four of DOE’s program offices for Fiscal Year[…]

Inventing the Future: Recapping Our Panel Conversation

By Tomas Green  Overview On June 20, 2017, the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) hosted an event on Capitol Hill to release their latest report, “The Power of Innovation: Inventing the Future.” Opening remarks were given by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and BPC President Jason Grumet. The event moved into a panel discussion moderated by[…]


Business Leaders Issue New Recommendations on Federal Energy R&D Funding

Washington, D.C.– Investing in energy innovation can make the United States more globally competitive, increase economic prosperity, and maintain America’s energy leadership position in the world, according to an organization of business leaders in a new report released today. In its report, the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC), originally founded in 2010 and now comprised[…]

The Power of Innovation: Inventing the Future

Innovation has been the predominant driver of U.S. economic growth over the last century. Scientific and technological innovations have produced new industries and the jobs that accompany them, helped maintain the competitiveness of a growing number of companies that rely on technology to succeed, and ultimately made American lives better. Throughout this history, the federal[…]

Business Leaders Call for Energy R&D Investments in New Letter

With support from AEIC, leading executives from business and industry have delivered a letter to congressional appropriators stressing the importance of investments in energy research and development at the Department of Energy to the nation’s future. Despite long standing, bipartisan support for these programs, they are facing increased scrutiny after the president proposed cuts of[…]

Congress Backs Energy Research in the Omnibus

By Brad Townsend This week, the House and Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30. While this stopgap funding agreement averts a shutdown in the near term, it sets the stage for discussions on the FY2018 budget to begin in earnest.  This most recent agreement provides much needed resources[…]