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Friends of FESI

05.09.24 | 3 min read

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI) was authorized by Congress in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 to serve as a flexible non-profit partner to advance the Department of Energy’s mission. FESI won bipartisan support in both houses of Congress over nearly a decade of research and advocacy. The model for it builds on precedents set by existing agency-affiliated foundations, which date back to the establishment of the National Park Foundation in 1935.

DOE received $3.5 million in FY24 to establish FESI. In May 2024, Secretary Granholm named FESI’s inaugural board—leaders in innovation, national security, philanthropy, business, science, and other sectors—who will be tasked with raising additional private and philanthropic funds and setting the new foundation’s agenda.

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), along with many allies and supporters who collectively comprise the “Friends of FESI,” have been working to enable FESI to achieve its full potential as a major contributor to the achievement of DOE’s vital goals, such as:

A key task of the Friends has been encouraging and cultivating projects and activities that FESI could take on in collaboration with private sector and philanthropic partners. These include:

The Friends of FESI welcome the naming of the board and look forward to FESI’s establishment as an independent but tightly connected partner for DOE. Meanwhile, our work goes on! Do you have an idea for how FESI, with its unique flexibility, could aid clean energy innovation and deployment? Submit it here using the outline below.

Have you ever wanted to be a proud Friend of FESI? It’s not too late, you can become one today! We don’t have badges, pins, or yard signs (yet), but in the meantime, you can keep up to date with our Initiative by signing up for our monthly email newsletter where we send out fresh updates, action items, and, on occasion, events you can attend to show your support. If you have any other questions, reach out to Addy Smith (asmith@fas.org).

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