Knight’s Energy Bill Passes the House

Posted on: 06/09/2018 00:00

(Washington, DC) - On Thursday, June 7, 2018, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019. Included in this bill are the provisions of H.R. 5610, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act introduced in April by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA).

The concept of BEST Act is modeled after similar "moonshot" initiatives that have successfully fostered rapid advancements in innovation and technology. One of the most notable examples is the Department of Energy "SunShot" initiative that reduced the cost of solar energy by 75%. Today's appropriations bill funds this initiative with $51 million.

"American energy independence is good for jobs, the economy, and national security" said Rep. Knight "In order to achieve this, we need to adopt an 'all-of-the-above' approach to foster a diverse, strong, and resilient energy infrastructure. This includes promising new technologies in renewables as well as traditional sources. The passage of the BEST Act will create an environment of innovation in which we can make dramatic leaps in energy storage technology. The technology generated from this bill will make large-scale commercial and industrial renewable energy a much more viable option. Here in Southern California, our climate, geography, and deep pool of highly skilled workers perfectly situates us to lead this charge."

"Representative Knight is once again stepping up to the plate in leading the charge in embracing ambitious yet achievable ‘moonshot’ goals to expanding U.S. energy and battery storage leadership," ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell said "This bipartisan effort would diversify and strengthen the power grid by boosting everything from constant-running nuclear to intermittent renewable power. The world will be increasingly hungry for such technologies and it’s important that the U.S. stay in front of China and others in their deployment.”

The BEST Act has been endorsed by the Audubon Society. Representative Knight serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and is Vice-Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives. 


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