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Architecture of Abundance: A Legislative Framework

In the 113th Congress, Chairman Upton unveiled the Architecture of Abundance – a new energy vision for today’s era of energy abundance that would replace outdated policies rooted in the old ideas of energy scarcity. Upton outlined five pillars of focus: modernizing infrastructure, maintaining a diverse electricity portfolio, permitting a manufacturing renaissance, harnessing energy efficiency and innovation, and unleashing new energy diplomacy. To learn more about the committee's work to advance these pillars in the 113th Congress, click HERE

In the 114th Congress, the committee is continuing its work to build the Architecture of Abundance and outlined plans to advance a broad energy bill that seeks to maximize America’s energy potential. This comprehensive legislation will focus on four areas to advance the Architecture of Abundance:

Modernizing Energy Infrastructure
21st Century Energy Workforce
Energy Security and Diplomacy
Energy Efficiency and Accountability

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power unanimously approved a draft Committee Print on July 22, 2015 that represents the building blocks of a comprehensive energy bill.

To view the draft Committee Print, click here

To view a summary of the Energy and Power Committee Print, click here

The Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act on September 30, 2015.

To view a section-by-section breakdown of H.R. 8, click here

  • Modernizing Energy Infrastructure
    The United States is now the world’s leading energy producer,  but our electrical grid and pipeline distribution system hasn’t kept pace. Developers are eager to invest in new projects to put people to work, but there is simply too much red tape slowing down the permitting and siting process. Likewise, our electricity sector is constantly evolving and faces new challenges with changing market dynamics, costly environmental regulations, and increasing grid security threats. At the same time, big data and new technologies offer new opportunities to improve efficiencies and help meet consumer needs. This draft will focus on the transmission, distribution, and storage of energy, and bringing added levels of accountability to decision makers to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s modern energy challenges. 
  • 21st Century Energy Workforce
    Ensuring America has a strong, diverse workforce in the energy and manufacturing sectors is vital to sustaining and maximizing America’s energy boom. The jobs benefits of our energy abundance should be accessible to all Americans, and the committee seeks to expand the energy workforce to include more under-represented minority and low-income communities. This draft will allow the Department of Energy along with national laboratories, community colleges, and public-private partnerships, to coordinate and leverage existing resources to foster a 21st Century energy and manufacturing workforce. 
  • Energy Security and Diplomacy
    The committee remains actively engaged in the geopolitical benefits of the North American energy revolution and has examined how domestic energy policies help improve energy security at home and abroad. America can leverage its energy abundance to advance our foreign policy goals. This draft seeks to bolster America’s energy diplomacy by improving communication and strengthening energy partnerships with our North American neighbors and establishing a process to evaluate how domestic energy permitting decisions impact energy security. 
  • Energy Efficiency and Accountability
    The committee continues to support commonsense solutions that harness new technologies and innovation for more efficient energy usage. This draft will promote simple and affordable methods to address energy demand and bring down costs for consumers and taxpayers. It also seeks to reduce government waste and prioritize budget dollars in existing programs.  


More on Architecture of Abundance: A Legislative Framework

Dec 3, 2015 Bill

H.R. 8 is a broad energy bill that seeks to maximize America’s energy potential. The legislation seeks to update and modernize outdated policies rooted in an era of energy scarcity to reflect today’s era of energy abundance, and make our energy infrastructure more resilient and create jobs. 

Nov 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Building on the committee’s ongoing #RecordOfSuccess, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved five committee member bills as part of the broader highway bill. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) stated, “These bills aim to boost our energy security at home and reflect our members’ hard work in advancing bipartisan solutions to modernize our dated energy policies.

Sep 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Marking an important milestone in the multi-year, multi-Congress effort to modernize the nation’s energy laws, the Energy and Commerce Committee today approved H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, by a bipartisan vote of _to_. Full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) first unveiled the Architecture of Abundance initiative in July of 2014.

Jul 22, 2015 Press Release

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Jun 23, 2015 Bill

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Nov 29, 2012 E&C Event

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Sep 20, 2012 E&C Event

A group of House Republicans focused on improving the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process held a first-of-its kind Jobs and Innovation Forum, with a focus on medical devices, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Medical device innovators demoed their latest technological advancements and engaged in a roundtable discussion with members of Congress and discussed how the FDA's review process impacts their ability to make these devices accessible to American patients.

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