ARPA-E Has Found Its Footing Just Fine

On June 6, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5325), which curbs several renewable energy programs in comparison to FY2012 levels and the FY2013 presidential request. These potential cuts could not come at a worse time, seeing as how federal clean tech policy support is already set to dramatically decline. The bill’s cut to the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is of particular concern.