Policy Overview

Breakthrough Energy Urges Historic Investment in Research and Technology

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recently passed groundbreaking legislation to invest in American innovation. As leaders in both chambers come together to iron out differences between the bills, Breakthrough Energy sent a letter to them to applaud the bill's historic investments in research and development and urge members of the conference committee to retain key climate provisions that support a robust supply chain for emerging technologies, increase public-private partnership to advance energy innovations, and promote collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE) in accomplishing this work.

The conference committee will convene to reconcile the differences between two important bills: the Senate's United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2022 (S. 1260) and the House's America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521). These pieces of legislation contain policies that would catalyze private-sector investment, enhance clean energy technology transfer programs, and uplift commercialization opportunities at DOE’s National Laboratories. Specifically, this letter speaks to the ways that the foundation for energy security and innovation, robust federal funding for R&D, energizing technology transfer, and small business innovation programs, will support U.S. global energy leadership.

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Breakthrough Energy

Founded by Bill Gates, Breakthrough Energy is dedicated to helping humanity avoid a climate disaster. Through investment vehicles, philanthropic programs, policy advocacy, and other activities, Breakthrough Energy is committed to scaling the technologies the world needs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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