Sen. Chris Coons recently applauded the passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation that includes key provisions from two of his bills: The Energy Title of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and the America INNOVATES Act.
The provisions passed the House as part of H.R. 589, the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. The bill is heading to the president’s desk for his signature.
The Energy Title of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act focuses on supporting innovation by increasing investments in federal research funded through the Department of Energy. Coons first introduced this legislation with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, in May 2015. A key provision from this bill, which will protect sensitive information about early-stage technologies funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, was included in the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act.
The Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act also contains several key provisions from the America Implementing New National Opportunities to Vigorously Accelerate Technology, Energy, and Science Act. These provisions will give the U.S.’s world-renowned national lab system more tools to partner with the private sector to bring innovative technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. Coons first introduced this legislation with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, in January 2014.
“Investments in basic research are only the first step toward building a clean energy future,” said Coons. “Technology transfer and commercialization of that basic research is also critical. I am pleased this bill contains important provisions that will safeguard confidential business information for recipients of ARPA-E grants and strengthen the pipeline that brings groundbreaking research from our national laboratories to businesses across the U.S. Our nation is stronger when public and private sector leaders are working together to develop the energy technologies of the future.”