Sending Office: Honorable Brad Sherman
Sent By:
David.Dorfman@mail.house.gov

SIGN ON: Bipartisan U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Programmatic Requests

Deadline Extended: COB, March 13

Current Signatories (82): Brad Sherman, Eliot L. Engel, Ted Deutch, Peter Roskam,
Bill Johnson, Peter King, Alma S. Adams, Gus M. Bilirakis, Brendan F. Boyle, Tony Cárdenas, David Cicilline, Gerald E. Connolly, Jim Costa,
Ryan Costello, Rick Crawford, Peter DeFazio, Tulsi Gabbard, Diana DeGette, Jimmy Gomez, Gene Green, John K. Delaney,
Suzan DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, Elizabeth H. Esty, Bill Foster, Lois Frankel, John Garamendi,
Josh Gottheimer, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Alcee L. Hastings, Denny Heck,
John Katko, William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy, III, Adam Kinzinger,
Raja Krishnamoorthi
, Doug Lamborn, Leonard Lance, Jim Langevin, John B. Larson, Brenda L. Lawrence, Sander M. Levin, Ted Lieu, Daniel Lipinski, Dave Loebsack, Alan Lowenthal,
Stephen F. Lynch, Carolyn B. Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, David B. McKinley, P.E.,
Jerry McNerney, Jerrold Nadler, Grace F. Napolitano, Donald Norcross, Beto O’Rourke, Jared Polis, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Jacky Rosen,
Keith J. Rothfus, Linda T. Sánchez, John Sarbanes, Carol Shea-Porter,
Kyrsten Sinema, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, Bradley S. Schneider, David Scott, Albio Sires, Darren Soto, Thomas R. Suozzi, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano,
Claudia Tenney, Dina Titus, Juan Vargas, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela,
Jackie Walorski, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Randy Weber, and Lee Zeldin.         

Dear Colleague,  

We are writing to urge you to join us in a letter requesting $6 million to continue implementation of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and to develop the U.S.-Israel Energy Center (the “Center of Excellence”) in the FY2019 Energy and Water Appropriations
Bill. The Israeli government has committed to match U.S. funding for each of these programs. So for every dollar the U.S. provides – two dollars are spent collaboratively on energy research.  

The U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement was created by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) and is being implemented in accordance with a May 2008 agreement between Israel and the United States. This historic program
and the Center of Excellence have been authorized through 2024 by the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act (P.L. 113-296), which was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2014.

To date, the U.S. government has provided $15.7 million for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement, matched dollar-for-dollar by the Israeli government. Accordingly, the program has already leveraged over $37 million in private sector investment. This
is a competitive grant program for early-stage companies which helps connect the U.S. and Israeli private sectors. Grant recipients have pioneered innovative technologies in industries such as renewable power, energy development, and water security – all key
areas of interest for the United States.

Funding for the Center of Excellence will bring to fruition an effort that Congress, the Department of Energy, and the Israeli government have worked on and supported for the past three years. It will connect great minds from the United States and Israel
to enable joint research and development in fields including thermal power, clean energy, wastewater treatment, desalination, produced water, natural gas, and the protection of critical infrastructure through cybersecurity.

The U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and the Center of Excellence are not aid programs. These initiatives leverage a relatively small government investment to incentivize academic and private sector innovation in pursuit of a critical objective:
energy security and independence.

To sign on, please contact david.dorfman@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5911.  The deadline is March 13.  Submission instructions will be sent along with the final signed letter.

Sincerely,

BRAD SHERMAN, Member of Congress

ELIOT ENGEL, Member of Congress

TED DEUTCH, Member of Congress

PETER ROSKAM, Member of Congress

BILL JOHNSON, Member of Congress

PETER KING, Member of Congress

 

LETTER TEXT

Hon. Mike Simpson
Chairman
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
House Committee on Appropriations

Hon. Marcy Kaptur
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
House Committee on Appropriations

RE: Support for U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur: 

We are writing to request that the Energy and Water Subcommittee provide $6 million for joint U.S.-Israel cooperation programs. The funding will be utilized to continue implementation of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and to develop the U.S.-Israel
Energy Center (the “Center of Excellence”). The Israeli government has committed to match U.S. funding for these programs. So for every dollar the U.S. provides – two dollars are spent collaboratively on energy research.  

Funding for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement will facilitate joint U.S.-Israeli research and development efforts in the fields of alternative power and energy efficiency. Congress has provided $15.7 million for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative
Agreement program since its inception, fully matched by the Government of Israel. Since 2009, it has leveraged over $37 million in private sector cost-share.

Section 917 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, P.L. 110-140, and the May 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Israel on alternative energy cooperation provided the initial authorization for the program. It is administered by the
U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources. 

The program provides grants to U.S. and Israeli small businesses and academic institutions to develop alternative energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency technologies, including new wind, solar, electric vehicle, power storage, grid efficiency, and
biofuel innovations. BIRD has provided grants to projects in at least 19 U.S. states since 2009.  Projects that qualify for BIRD funding must include one U.S. and one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research
institution from the other. Participating projects must contribute at least 50% to project costs and commit to repayments if the product leads to commercial success.

Funding for the Center of Excellence will bring to fruition an effort that Congress, the Department of Energy, and the Government of Israel have worked on and supported for the past three years. Section 12(d) of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership
Act of 2014
, P.L. 113-296, provided for the creation of the Center of Excellence. Once established, it will connect great minds from the United States and Israel to enable joint research and development in areas such as thermal power, clean energy, wastewater
treatment, desalination, produced water, natural gas, and the protection of critical infrastructure through cybersecurity.

The U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement and the Center of Excellence are not aid programs. These initiatives leverage a relatively small government investment to incentivize academic and private sector innovation in pursuit of a critical objective:
energy security and independence.

Thank you for your consideration and prior funding for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation. We request your continued support for FY 2019. 

Sincerely,

Members of Congress

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