2022 Seattle Fusion Week Attracts Interest from Federal and State Lawmakers, Government Officials

Attendees at the VIP reception (top left), White House OSTP Deputy Director Sally Benson speaking at a podium (top right), Panelists at the Perkins Coie lunch event from left to right: Sally Benson, Paula Sardinas, David Conrad, and Mel Clark (bottom left) and Sally Benson touring Avalanche Energy's lab (bottom right)

Seattle Fusion Week is an annual summit that aims to connect fusion energy companies in the Puget Sound area to elected officials, business leaders, research institutions, NGOs and more through a series of educational panels, lab site tours, and a networking reception.

This year, there were more than 100 attendees, including several elected representatives and government officials.

In addition to special remarks from the U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Geraldine Richmond, the event also featured remarks from White House Deputy Director for the Clean Energy Transition at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Sally Benson and DOE Fusion Coordinator Scott Hsu.

Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle moderated a panel about integrating fusion energy onto the electric grid and Senator Joe Nguyen was in attendance as well.

Other notable attendees include Fusion Energy Caucus Chair Rep. Don Beyer from Virginia and staffers from Senator Maria Cantwell’s office as well as interest from Washington Rep. Kim Schrier’s office and Rep. Rick Larsen.

Government officials also got to tour the four fusion energy labs in the area: Avalanche Energy, CTFusion, Zap Energy, and Helion Energy.

This increased level of interest in fusion energy, in conjunction with a recently announced $50 million fusion energy milestone program and March summit at the White House, show that government officials are ready to embrace the future of fusion as an on-demand, safe, abundant source of carbon-free energy with the potential to transform the way we generate and use energy.

Interested in learning more about fusion? Register now for the Technology Alliance’s December 14 Policy Summit, which will feature a session on fusion energy!

To learn more about Fusion Week and to find out how you can get involved for next year’s event, email lindsay@cleantechalliance.org.