Launch Alaska Awarded $1 Million DOE Grant to Strengthen Energy Innovation Ecosystems

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that Launch Alaska Transportation and Energy Accelerator (LATEA) was selected to receive $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) to support startups and promising energy technologies in Alaska. The grant will help drive long term innovation and stimulate new business in Alaska. The partners LATEA brought together for this award include: DOE’s Arctic Energy Office, the Center for Transportation and the Environment, and the Alaska Electric Vehicle Association.

“I am excited to announce today that Launch Alaska, a startup accelerator based in Anchorage that works with entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions to tackle climate change, transportation, energy, water, and food challenges, was one of ten organizations nationally to receive a competitive $1 million award from DOE’s Energy EPIC initiative. I was proud to fund this program through my role on the Appropriations Committee. The EPIC initiative is overseen by DOE’s Office of Technology Transition, and seeks to encourage ecosystems for testing, validation, and demonstration of technologies to help them scale and enhance U.S. energy manufacturing competitiveness. I can’t wait to see how Launch Alaska is able to put this award to use, and what exciting innovation it will lead to.”

Senator Murkowski is a senior member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Appropriations Committee.

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