On April 29th, 28 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson urging the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to provide robust funding for investments in transmission and grid infrastructure in the Fiscal Year 2023 Bill.
In the letter, the members stated their support for the transmission provisions included in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which allowed the federal government to invest $2.5 billion in direct spending for new transmission projects. However, it also acknowledges that this funding is inadequate for achieving the deep decarbonization of our economy needed to meet our climate goals. Additional federal investments for new interregional transmission infrastructure would adapt the grid to withstand the effects of climate change, lower electricity costs for consumers, and provide greater access to clean and reliable electricity.
“The expansion and modernization of our national power grid is central to meeting our urgent climate and energy security goals” – Congressman Peters (D, CA-52)
“Increased investment in transmission and grid infrastructure upgrades is essential to achieve a net zero economy. I thank the Subcommittee for its leadership in growing these important programs, and urge the subcommittee to provide more sustained funding to ensure we can deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to all Americans.” – Congressman Casten (D, IL-6)
The letter encourages the Subcommittee to consider the following:
- Additional Funding for Deployment of Technologies to Enhance Grid Flexibility
- Funding for Title XVII—Loan Guarantee
- Moonshot for Converter Stations
- National studies on the benefits of establishing an energy conservation standard for overhead electricity conductors
To read the full letter and list of signatories, visit here.
About ACEG: Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is a non-profit broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-voltage grid. ACEG brings together diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer and environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to educate policymakers and key opinion leaders to support policy which recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. ACEG is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit www.cleanenergygrid.org.
About ACORE: For more than 20 years, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has been the nation’s premier pan-renewable nonprofit organization. ACORE unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. For more information, please visit www.acore.org.
About CEBA: CEBA activates a community of nearly 300 members – representing more than $7 trillion in annual revenues and 14 million employees – to deploy solutions for a carbon-free energy system. Most members are institutional energy customers of every type and size – corporate and industrial companies, universities, and even cities. For more information, visit cebuyers.org and follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About ACP: American Clean Power is the voice of the clean power industry that is powering America’s future, providing cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis while creating jobs, spurring massive investment in the U.S. economy and driving high-tech innovation across the nation. We are uniting the power of America’s renewable energy industry to advance our shared goals and to transform the U.S. power grid to a low-cost, reliable and renewable power system. Learn more about the benefits clean power brings to America at www.cleanpower.org and follow us on Twitter @USCleanPower, Facebook and LinkedIn.
ACEG: Sabreen Ahmed, Communications Associate, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid firstname.lastname@example.org | 770.576.5343 (c)
ACORE: Alex Hobson, Vice President of Communications, ACORE
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CEBA: Monica Jaburg, Head of Strategic Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACP: Jason Ryan, Senior Media Relations Manager, email@example.com
Congressman Casten: Emilia Rowland, Communications Director Emilia.Rowland@mail.house.gov | 330.212.2065