Gardner, Bennet Announce $4.5 Million in Energy Innovation Grants for Colorado Universities

Washington, DC- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded Colorado School of Mines a $2,047,676 grant and University of Colorado Boulder a $2,500,000 grant to “fund potentially disruptive technology” in the energy sector. 

According to the Department of Energy, “ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too high-risk for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways for Americans to get, store, and use energy.”

“The Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado Boulder are leading the way in innovative energy technologies and I’m thrilled they will each receive over $2 million to continue their cutting-edge research,” said Senator Gardner. “I have always advocated for continued funding of our research and development programs and will continue to do so because of the enormous benefit these programs bring to Colorado.”

“Congratulations to the Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado Boulder on receiving ARPA-E funding for their innovative research,” said Senator Bennet. “As we continue to unlock the promise of clean energy, I’ll work to ensure Colorado remains a leader in the development of new cost-effective technologies.”

Gardner has continually fought for funding for ARPA-E. In May of 2017, Gardner sent a letter to President Trump urging him to continue to fund the Department of Energy’s research programs, including ARPA-E. 

Earlier this year, Bennet delivered remarks at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit, opposing President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate ARPA-E, and outlining key efforts to develop the United States—and Colorado—as a global energy leader.