House Energy Package Voted Favorably out of Energy and Power Subcommittee
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Architecture of Abundance energy package was voted favorably out of the Energy and Power Subcommittee by a voice vote.
The bill contains several provisions that Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) previously introduced or co-sponsored as stand-alone legislation, including; Section 1102, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts, and Section 2101, the Energy and Manufacturing Workforce Development title.
“Today is another milestone in a slow but steady return to bipartisanship and regular order. The legislation that passed out of subcommittee was crafted through discussion and compromise, and I’m optimistic that we can continue this type of collaboration as we work toward a final bill. This legislation is a great starting point and I remain confident that more good ideas will be included as we move forward.”
The Grid Reliability section includes language to ensure electric reliability during extremely high electricity demand periods. By enabling utilities to follow the Department of Energy’s emergency must-run orders instead of being penalized by the Environmental Protections Agency for violations of the Clean Air Act, the legislation offers an overdue resolution to a long-standing legal conflict.
Section 2101, the Workforce Development title, creates education programs and opportunities for work force training for underrepresented communities, including minorities, women, and veterans. The legislation would create tremendous opportunity in Texas’ 29th District, which is home to a large Hispanic population as well as hundreds of energy development companies.
The Energy and Commerce Committee is slated to hold a mark-up in September.