December 14 (Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on an amendment to include Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) Building American Energy Security Act of 2022 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Third Way released the following joint statement in support of transmission provisions in Sen. Manchin’s bill:
“A comprehensive approach to advancing new transmission investment is long overdue and urgently needed. While it is not comprehensive, we believe the transmission portion of the Building American Energy Security Act of 2022, as updated last week, will make incremental, yet meaningful, progress. It is widely recognized by electricity grid reliability authorities, consumer groups, and state and federal regulators that significant new transmission investment is needed to improve overall grid reliability, provide consumers with access to lower-cost electricity, spur rural economic development, and to continue to reduce harmful electricity sector emissions. While the language should be stronger and address more challenges, the transmission reforms in this latest version of the bill will help facilitate new investment in this critical infrastructure and as such, we encourage support for these provisions.”
About Americans for a Clean Energy Grid:
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-capacity grid. ACEG brings together the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer, environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy that recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. For more information, please visit cleanenergygrid.org.
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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.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About Third Way’s Climate & Energy Program:
Third Way’s Climate & Energy Program designs and advocates for policies that will drive innovation and deployment of clean energy technologies, and deliver the emissions cuts we need to win the fight against climate change. The more low-carbon options we have to work with, the better our chances of success. That’s why we’re proud to be part of a large and growing community promoting evidence-based solutions to the climate challenge that include advanced nuclear and carbon capture technology, as well as renewables, hydropower, existing nuclear, energy storage, and efficiency. For more information, please click here.