Tell Congress: Support a Public-Private Partnership Fund

Oct 1, 2019 | Funding, Government

We need you to support a bill pending in Congress that will set up a public-private partnership fund to help finance private fusion companies in the US. The House version of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill only has $4 million for this important initiative, while the Senate version has $20 million. Please contact your Congressman to support the Senate version. Those on the House Appropriations committee are the most important to e-mail, but your own Congressperson will help; too. Here’s the list of the key members:

  • Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
  • Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  • Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
  • Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Mark Pocan (D-WI)
  • Lois Frankel (D-FL)
  • Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
  • Dan Newhouse (R-WA)

Here’s a possible email text, but feel free to draft your own.

Dear [MEMBER OF CONGRESS],

I am writing in support of next generation research and development into fusion energy. As you may know, when commercialized, fusion will transform the American energy system. It will provide energy that is clean, abundant, reliable, safe, and secure. It produces no greenhouse gases or long-lived waste. Its fuel is derived from seawater.

Today, private companies are experimenting with designs for how to commercialize a fusion power plant. The U.S. has an opportunity to seize global leadership in a transformational energy source, attract global investment, and create the next great industry. The Department of Energy should support this industry.

The Fusion Industry Association (FIA), [which I support / of which LPPFusion is a member] recommends the government and the private fusion industry partner to advance the shared goal of U.S. leadership in fusion by supporting a two-part industry-involved applied fusion program:

  1. Continue the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) pilot program
  2. Create a new public-private partnership for new U.S.-based capabilities

Industry is at a critical planning point, so quickly setting up this program will leverage private capital and ensure DOE is an integral partner in long-term plans for the fusion industry.

On Thursday September 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved their FY2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. It is now pending before the Senate. Both programs to support fusion research and development are named and supported in this bill, funded at $20 million each. I am asking you to ensure that when the House and Senate reconcile differences, the final Energy and Water Conference Report reflects the Senate’s request for these programs. 

If you have any further questions, please connect with the Fusion Industry Association at: https://www.fusionindustryassociation.org/. More details about the request is available on their website at: https://www.fusionindustryassociation.org/post/u-s-congress-gives-support-for-private-fusion.

Thank you for supporting fusion.

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