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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unveiled the Architecture of Abundance – a new energy vision for today’s era of energy abundance that would replace outdated policies rooted in the old ideas of energy scarcity.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
Protetcting the Electricity System
Strengthening Energy Security and Diplomacy
Improving Energy Efficiency and Government 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.

The House of Representatives approved H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act on December 3, 2015, by a vote of 249-174. 

To view a summary of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act, click here

  • Modernizing Energy Infrastructure
    The United States has undergone an energy renaissance driven by newly discovered resources, technological innovation and our skilled workforce. The U.S. is now the world’s leading energy producer, but our pipelines and electric grid haven’t kept pace with the rapid transition. The private sector is eager to invest in new projects to put people to work, but there is simply too much government red tape slowing down the siting and permitting process. Likewise, our electricity sector is constantly evolving in the light of new challenges, such as changing markets, costly environmental regulations, and increasing grid security threats. H.R. 8 focuses on the transmission, distribution, and storage of energy to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s modern energy challenges.
  • Protecting the Electricity System
    Ensuring the electric grid is secure, resilient, and reliable is another top priority of H.R. 8.  Changing market dynamics, a barrage of regulations, and external threats have created new energy security and reliability challenges. Disruptions in the delivery of electricity have far-reaching economic and public health impacts. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that power outages cost Americans at least $150 billion annually. The legislation seeks to meet today’s energy reliability and security challenges through enhanced emergency preparedness and utilization of advanced technologies to address threats to the electricity system, including physical and cyber-attacks, electromagnetic pulse, geomagnetic disturbances, severe weather, and seismic events.
  • Strengthening Energy Security and Diplomacy
    As the world’s leading producer of petroleum and natural gas, the U.S. is a world energy superpower. With this position comes new opportunities and diplomatic responsibilities. America’s energy abundance should be used to strengthen our energy security while also supporting our allies in their quest for affordable and reliable energy. H.R. 8 takes important steps by strengthening partnerships with our allies and reforming the approval process for energy exports.    
  • Improving Energy Efficiency and Government Accountability
    New technologies have the potential to save money and reduce energy use, yet government roadblocks stand in the way. H.R. 8 promotes simple and affordable methods to address energy demand and lower electric bills. It also seeks to reduce government waste and prioritize budget dollars in existing programs, as well as provide important regulatory relief for U.S. manufacturers from burdensome federal efficiency mandates.