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S. 2714 (116th): ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 17, 2019.

ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019

This bill revises and reauthorizes through FY2024 the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Among other things, the bill

revises the goals of ARPA-E to include the development of energy technologies that improve the resilience, reliability, and security of infrastructure to produce, deliver, and store energy; directs ARPA-E, in awarding grants, to consider the success or failure of any project carried out by an entity using prior grant funds; and requires ARPA-E to ensure that an award is not provided for a project unless the prospective award recipient demonstrates that (1) a sufficient attempt has been made to secure private financing, or (2) the project is not independently commercially viable.