(WASHINGTON, DC) – Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) was selected on Tuesday to serve another term as Vice Chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy.
Knight was selected by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to act as the second highest-ranking member on the Subcommittee in the 115th Congress after holding the position during his previous term. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to energy policy, including managing and expanding current infrastructure as well researching and implementing new technologies
“Rep. Knight will continue to serve as Energy Subcommittee vice chairman in the 115th Congress. During his time on the committee, he has spearheaded important energy modernization legislation and led the conversation on solar fuels," said Chairman Smith. "His dedication to increasing transparency at government agencies and re-staking our nation’s claim as the world leader in energy innovation speak to his strong qualifications for this position. I look forward to continuing to work with Vice Chairman Knight this Congress.”
While serving as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee last Congress, Rep. Knight authored and advanced multiple measures to increase opportunities for the many businesses in Southern California and across the country that work on renewable energy. This includes the Energy Contracting Opportunities Act, which would give smaller and newer energy companies that work with renewable sources like solar and wind more opportunities to compete for government contracts, as well as the Solar Fuels Innovation Act, which would establish a Department of Energy (DOE) research initiative focused on new ways to create storable solar energy. Both bills received widespread support from local governments, educational institutions, and business organizations.
“Energy policy has a huge impact our economy, both nationally and locally here in Southern California,” said Rep. Knight. “I am honored and excited to work with Chairman Randy Weber (TX-14) once again to continue to develop measures that will improve the lives of American families and businesses."