25 Feb '13, 10pm

Cultivating Bipartisan Support for Biofuel From Germs

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), originally funded through the 2009 economic stimulus program, is holding its annual summit to showcase its awardees, who collectively have won about $770 million in government money in the past 3 1/2 years. The projects include efforts to develop a "flow battery" to store energy, to improve the efficiency of the electric grid, and to modify an E. coli strain that can produce biofuels. Where a separate, stimulus-funded $16 billion loan program that backed Solyndra LLC has drawn withering criticism from Republicans, the smaller sums spread over both Democratic and Republican districts have helped ARPA-E -- part of the U.S. Energy Department -- largely avoid the same level of scrutiny, advocates say. "Small grants to help develop promising new technologies are a far better use of limited government funds than most of th...

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