Our Work Policy and Advocacy

Breakthrough Energy’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) team develops, advocates, and lobbies for smart policies that public- and private-sector leaders can implement to get to zero by 2050.

The U.S. made incredible, historic progress on climate policy with the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. In the years ahead, USPA will ensure the benefits of these new laws are recognized through effective implementation, while being mindful of how to maximize emission reductions. We are also advocating for additional legislative and agency action to advance critical policies and technologies needed to fully decarbonize by 2050. These include:

  • Research and Innovation: We advocate for increased federal investment policies and strong agency structures that help develop, demonstrate, and deploy the technologies we need to meet our deep decarbonization goals. This includes program support for clean energy RD&D, technology transfer, financing, startups and small businesses, manufacturing, regional innovation centers, and more.
  • Hydrogen: We strive to bring down the Green Premium of clean hydrogen to maximize GHG reductions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors by working with the Department of Energy to identify and prioritize the most impactful uses of clean hydrogen and the lowest-carbon production, transport, storage, and use pathways for hydrogen through DOE’s RD&D programs.
  • Transmission: We seek to increase overall support for the macrogrid, deliver on federal tax and additional funding policies to catalyze the deployment of new high-voltage transmission, and begin developing long-term state and regional policy initiatives.
  • Other Emerging Technologies: We advocate for increased deployment of clean technologies including industrial decarbonization, carbon management, clean fuels, long-duration energy storage, and advanced nuclear.

Climate change is a complex challenge that calls for advancing a diverse set of solutions over multiple timeframes. We need mature, market-ready solutions that reduce emissions today, as well as emerging clean technologies for full decarbonization by 2050."

In addition to our work with lawmakers, the USPA team works closely with diverse climate-action partners, private-sector allies, and other BE programs like Breakthrough Energy Catalyst and Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Together we are working to ensure policymakers are prioritizing investments in the next generation of clean-energy technologies that will create good-paying jobs, strengthen American leadership abroad, and help us achieve net-zero emissions in this generation.

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