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December 17, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3) recently introduced H.R. 5428, the Grid Modernization Research and Development Act of 2019.  This bill would refine and expand vital research programs at the Department of Energy focused on modernizing and improving our nation’s electric grid.

“The electric grid powers the lives of all Americans—we need to invest in the research to ensure our constituents, companies, and defense installations have electricity when they need it most,” said Lamb.  “This commonsense legislation supports the research programs to adopt new technologies, improve the environment and create family-sustaining jobs in the energy economy.”

“When a sizeable earthquake or other disaster impacts Southwest Washington, it’s essential our families and seniors can depend on working electricity to help keep them safe,” said Herrera Beutler.  “I’m pleased to join this bipartisan solution with Congressman Lamb to improve the reliability of our electric grid in the event of natural disasters and cyberthreats, and to improve emergency response time.”

The Grid Modernization Research and Development Act of 2019 includes a broad array of research and development programs aimed at increasing the security of the grid while ensuring these programs reflect the evolving energy sector.  It accomplishes this by extending the Smart Grid Regional Demonstration initiative and authorizing a research, development, and demonstration program focused on:

  • enhancing grid resilience and emergency response;
  • designing and developing advanced controls, operations, monitoring, and visualization tools for the grid; and
  • developing hybrid energy systems.

This research will ensure a wide array of generation resources can continue providing reliable electricity to the country and better integrate buildings and electric vehicles into existing grid infrastructure.  H.R. 5428 also ensures the Department works with national labs, industry leaders, grid operators, utilities, regulators and others to ensure this research can be quickly utilized at all levels of the energy industry.

Click here to learn more about H.R. 5428.