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Feeling pressure, clean-energy advocates argue for government-funded research

Mar 3, 2017 - SNL Renewable Energy Week

A federal program tasked with funding research into cutting-edge energy technologies awarded $2.7 million Feb. 28 for work on a fledgling type of battery. While that sum might be relatively small, it nevertheless represents the kind of investment supporters say is crucial to modernizing, and decarbonizing, the country's energy sector.

The program, known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, was authorized in 2007 and modeled after a defense program. "The ARPA-E role is key becau

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