WASHINGTON—Ahead of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development subcommittee’s mark-up of its fiscal year 2022 bill, which funds the Department of Energy and other federal agencies, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from ITIF Senior Fellow David M. Hart, director of ITIF’s clean energy innovation program:
While the FY22 allocation to the Department of Energy (DOE) provides a 7 percent increase from the FY21 level, it falls short of launching the Department’s research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities on the “moon shot” trajectory that ITIF has called for. Senate appropriators should prioritize DOE RD&D as they consider the FY22 budget.
A multi-billion-dollar increase for clean energy innovation in FY22 is a critical step in mobilizing America’s innovative capabilities to combat climate change and capture global markets for clean energy technologies.
For more on this issue, see:
- Colin Cunliff, Linh Nguyen, and David M. Hart, “A Clean Energy “Moon Shot” Is Sitting on the Launch Pad, and Congress Can Supply the Fuel. Here’s How” (ITIF, May 2021).
- Colin Cunliff and Linh Nguyen, “Energizing Innovation: Raising the Ambition for Federal Energy RD&D in Fiscal Year 2022” (ITIF, May 2021).
- Robert Rozansky and David M. Hart, “More and Better: Building and Managing a Federal Energy Demonstration Project Portfolio” (ITIF, May 2020).