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House Passes Bipartisan Bills to Improve Energy Efficiency and Security

Sep 9, 2019
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) released the following statement today after the House passed three energy bills to improve energy efficiency and security:

“Secure and efficient energy infrastructure is absolutely critical to combatting the growing climate crisis, keeping electricity bills low, and ensuring our communities are safe,” said Pallone and Rush. “Collectively, these bills modernize our energy infrastructure, promote energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse pollution and keep our nation’s power grid secure. We applaud their passage and encourage the Senate to take them up without delay.”

H.R. 2114, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act, was introduced by Rush and Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) and passed the House by voice vote. It reauthorizes the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and improves the physical and cyber security of our fuel and electric infrastructure by requiring states to maintain a State Energy Security Plan as a condition for receiving funding under the plan. The legislation also increases funding for the program.

H.R. 1420, the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and passed the House 384-23. It promotes energy efficiency across the Federal government by encouraging the adoption of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies across all agencies and federally-operated facilities. 

H.R. 1760, the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act, was introduced by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and passed the House by voice vote. The bill supports the development of advanced nuclear reactors in the United States by ensuring safe and reliable access to the fuels needed to operate them.