November 19, 2021 — On Friday, November 19, 2021, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act in a 220-213 vote. In its current state, Build Back Better bill includes transformational climate investments that could keep the United States in line with decarbonization goals. This bill provides a significant investment to improve and expand interregional transmission and develop the high-voltage transmission capacity necessary to achieve a modern power system and a modern economy. The measure is now awaiting Senate action.
“This bill contains a critical tax credit and other incentives to expand transmission, which is necessary to access clean energy sources. I hope the Senate passes it promptly.” – Rob Gramlich, Executive Director, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid.
According to numerous studies, the U.S. will need to expand its existing electricity transmission by 2-3 times to meet decarbonization goals. Building out the transmission grid would lower electric sector emissions by 95 percent by 2050, create 6 million new jobs, and cut consumer’s electric bills by one third. Investments to improve our nation’s grid infrastructure are positive first steps to realizing the Administration’s target of power sector decarbonization by 2035.
About Americans for a Clean Energy Grid:
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is the leading 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 the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer and environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy which recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. For more information, please visit cleanenergygrid.org
Sabreen Ahmed, Communications Associate