Should the U.S. establish an energy storage program?
This bill has PASSED the House of Representatives.
• “I’m disappointed that during National Clean Energy Week we are considering a bill that fails to prioritize affordable and reliable energy for all Americans and only furthers radical left socialist Green New Deal priorities. H.R. 447 would spend more than 135 billion of hard-working Americans’ tax dollars … while ignoring meaningful reforms of our rural communities” Source: Rep Rick Allen (Republican, Georgia, District 12)
• “Rural areas like my district need to be able to keep up with technology and have the resources necessary to invest in renewable energy storage. This public-private partnership would allow rural electric co-ops to deploy energy storage projects to increase energy efficiency and provide cost savings to consumers. I am glad to see this legislation pass the full committee with bipartisan support and I look forward to supporting it on the House floor.” Source: Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Republican, Oklahoma, District 2)
Passed the House of Representatives.
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, or, as previously called, the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act (EASE), will create an energy storage and microgrid grant and technical assistance program as part of the Department of Energy. This program will award grants to rural electric energy distributors for designing energy storage projects and will work with companies to improve energy efficiency. In addition, this act will allocate funds for renewable energy research and implementation. Five million dollars will be appropriated per year from 2021-2025 for this piece of legislation. Sponsor: Rep. Tom O’Halleran (Democrat, Arizona, District 1)