Gardner, Bennet Introduce Resolution Celebrating NREL’s 40th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. – Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a Resolution celebrating the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) headquartered in Golden, Colorado. In June, Gardner and Bennet sent a joint letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development requesting full funding for NREL in the upcoming Fiscal Year.


“For the past 40 years, NREL’s cutting-edge research has helped ensure the United States is a global leader in energy technology and grid resiliency,” said Gardner. “Every $1 of taxpayer funds invested through the lab results in $5 of private investment, and NREL’s $870 million annual nationwide economic impact helps support thousands of jobs across Colorado and the country. As NREL marks its 40th anniversary, I’m proud to celebrate the lab and its dedicated employees and look forward to the next 40 years.”


“NREL is one of the smartest investments the federal government has made to spur innovation and create jobs,” Bennet said. “That’s why I will continue to fight against President Trump’s attempts to slash NREL funding and diminish our investments in critical research. We need to provide robust support for our federal labs and entrepreneurs who are helping to power a transformation in how we use energy as a country. We thank NREL for its important contributions in clean energy and other innovative research over the last forty years.”


You can find the text of the Resolution here.