Here is a letter to the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in support of the Department of Energy's Office of Science. 72 bipartisan members of Congress signed the letter organized by U.S. Congressman Randall M. Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).
November 2010 - CEREL, along with 107 other corporations, universities, scientific societies, and trade associations, recently endorsed a letter from the Energy Sciences Coalition expressing concern about the funding level for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science in the fiscal year 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriation bill marked up earlier this year by the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter was sent to House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and copied to other key House and Senate leaders. Read the letter here.
September 2009 - More than 60 universities and organizations, including CEREL, asked the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate Appropriations Committee to support the Energy Innovation Hubs proposed by the Administration. The Hubs are designed to create closely coupled communities of research specialists in eight areas: solar electricity; fuels from sunlight; batteries and energy storage; carbon capture and storage; electrical grid systems; energy efficient building systems design; nuclear fuel management; and modeling and simulation for nuclear reactors. Read the letter to Subcommittee Chairman Byron Dorgan here.
July 2009 - CEREL joined over 100 groups in urging Congress to support the President’s energy education initiative RE-ENERGYSE, REgaining our ENERGY Science and Engineering Edge. The letter, which was distributed to every Senate Office on Tuesday, is here for your review.
April 2009 - After hearing from the Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Co-Chair of the National Science Board (NSB) Task Force on Sustainable Energy Dr. Dan Arvizu at our spring meeting, CEREL and NCSE took the opportunity to submit public comments on the NSB's draft report Building a Sustainable Energy Future.
January 2009 - With the December 2008 nominations of Steven Chu at the head of the Department of Energy and John Holdren as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the incoming Obama administration has signaled a break from current energy policy.
CEREL worked with its Steering Committee and colleagues from the National Association of Land-Grant Colleges of Universities (NASULGC) and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to create a policy white paper that makes the case for federal investment in university-based energy research and education. It calls for a comprehensive national energy strategy, a critical component of which is sustained and broad federal investment at energy research at colleges and universities to "prime the pump" for an energy revolution to transform U.S. and global energy production and consumption towards greater sustainability, stability, and security.
Read "The Vital Contributions of Universities to the Nation's Energy Future" here.