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American Energy Innovation Council Commends Sen. Alexander’s Leadership on Energy Innovation Investments

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement by Norm Augustine and Chad Holliday, members of the American Energy Innovation Council:

“The American Energy Innovation Council commends Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and co-sponsors Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) for supporting robust energy innovation investments in the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization of 2015. The bill enhances U.S. competitiveness in energy, science, and technology by sustaining public investments in R&D that will drive future U.S. economic growth.

“AEIC is a group of America’s top business executives who came together to recommend ways to promote American innovation in clean energy technology. AEIC believes technology innovation is critical to solving the many competitiveness, national security, and environmental challenges facing our nation.

“Senator Alexander is also chair of the Appropriations’ Energy and Water Subcommittee which today passed legislation to fund Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), at $291 million, an $11 million increase over 2014 levels.

“We applaud his leadership in advocating for consistent and growing authorizations and appropriations for ARPA-E. This legislation continues the bipartisan tradition of previous America COMPETES bills in 2007 and 2010 to put these investments on a doubling path.

“We look forward to efforts to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, and we stand ready to work with the senators to chart a productive course for American discovery and invention.”

KEYWORDS: AMERICAN COMPETES REAUTHORIZATION ACT, AMERICAN ENERGY INNOVATION COUNCIL (AEIC), CHAD HOLLIDAY, CHRIS COONS, CORY BOOKER, CORY GARDNER, DIANNE FEINSTEIN, LAMAR ALEXANDER, LISA MURKOWSKI, MARTIN HEINRICH, NORMAN AUGUSTINE