An amendment to secure $20 million of additional funding for a program to assist the private sector in creating high-impact, energy-saving technologies passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a 216-206 vote.
Co-written by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the funding would go toward the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
Started in 2009, the agency has since garnered appropriations to fund 362 private-sector projects.
“While other programs focus on funding technologies that can be deployed soon, ARPA-E focuses on the high-risk, high-reward technologies that have the capacity to completely remake our society and economy,” Schiff said in a statement.
The added money brings the agency funding to $300 million for next year.