HOUSE PASSES BIPARTISAN CLEAN ECONOMY JOBS AND INNOVATION ACT
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act on a bipartisan basis. This legislation increases research and development across all forms of energy generation, funds the science to support breakthrough technologies and modernizes the country’s energy infrastructure. Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) led multiple provisions included in the final legislation, including H.R. 5428, the bipartisan Grid Modernization Research and Development Act of 2020, and H.R. 6097, the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act, and several amendments.
“This legislation is about winning the race to the jobs and technologies of the future. Western Pennsylvania has done it before,” said Lamb. “Our people drilled the first oil wells, built the first nuclear plant, and changed the world with the shale revolution. We can and must do it again. Government research has always been a key ingredient in winning the race and creating jobs, and this bill will help make sure that Western Pennsylvanians will provide energy and technology to the nation long into the future.”
In addition to expanding research for Fossil, Wind, Solar, Nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, H.R. 4447 also increases research for industrial technologies that can increase efficiency and drop emissions; boosts funding for electric vehicle manufacturing in the U.S.; increases federal programs to make homes and buildings more energy efficient; facilitates commercializing the scientific breakthroughs developed at our national labs; and more than doubles the authorization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (known as ARPA-E), which funds the most innovative and moonshot-style research projects.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) located in Western Pennsylvania is the lead lab for Fossil research, and under the bill will research Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies, methane leaks, and rare earth elements, among other relevant areas.
Lamb successfully fought for multiple provisions included in the final legislation. The Grid Modernization Research and Development Act expands research and development programs at the Department of Energy to increase the security and resilience of the electric grid and facilitate the integration and deployment of next-generation energy technologies. The Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act expands research to augment the efficiency of existing nuclear power plants while boosting the funding for next-generation nuclear reactors. Lamb also successfully passed three bipartisan amendments to reauthorize research and demonstration programs to improve the sustainability of water from natural gas development and increase research into nuclear fusion.