Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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The Climate Playbook

A plan for immediate and sustainable action to address climate change

The threat posed by climate change and the cost of inaction are undeniable. Climate change and its effects include: less habitable coastal regions due to rising sea levels, entire cities underwater from floods, homes and centers of commerce destroyed, devastating weather events that worsen every year, and water and food scarcity. Policymakers in the United States must confront this existential crisis head on, and time is of the essence.

Scientists warn that we have underestimated the threat of climate change and that to avoid major catastrophe, we must immediately reduce our emissions and become carbon neutral by midcentury. Thankfully, now more than ever, policymakers and the public agree we can no longer do nothing in the face of these challenges.

Many new Members came to Congress to work on climate change. Now, many have endorsed the Green New Deal as an aspiration for the nation. They bring a new energy and experience to an issue that many of us have a been working on for some time in the committees of jurisdiction and the many caucuses concerned with climate change.

And though the new Congress has a new opportunity to act, the challenge is not new, and we don’t start from zero. The Climate Playbook lays out dozens of bills authored by both Democrats and Republicans, most of which have already earned bipartisan support. They are written, they are ready, and we can pass them right now in their committees of jurisdiction and on the House floor. Because many have bipartisan support, it is feasible that many of these ideas can become law.

These legislative proposals together take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gases and slow — even reverse — the effects of climate change. They are organized into a range of categories that include ways to: reduce emissions from a variety of economic sectors; promote energy efficiency; reduce pollution; increase investment in research and development; spur more investment in adaptation and resiliency; develop a workforce to make all this possible; and support workers and communities displaced or impacted by this transition to clean energy.

To be clear, these initiatives are only the beginning of a conversation on climate action now. If these bills need to be improved, we can do that. If we’ve got gaps to fill, we can propose additional legislation. We are long past the debate about whether climate change is real and how devastating its impacts are. Now it’s time to work with our colleagues, experts, academics, and our communities about what we’re going to do about it. The Climate Playbook will live on my House website with complete transparency so anyone who wants to can read it, critique it, or make suggestions.

We have simultaneously created an online forum for scientists, academics, and other legislative staff who can use it to ask questions and offer new solutions. This can operate as a salon to identify and solve distinct challenges posed by climate change and by the solutions themselves.

In 2017, I had the privilege of speaking before world climate experts at a conference convened by Pope Francis in Vatican City. Our faith leaders remind us that we have a moral imperative to act today and that we cannot afford to be ideological or self-righteous in the face of this enormous challenge. Nor can we afford to be exclusionary or partisan in our approach. We must work together and seek common ground. If we attack new ideas simply because they are not our own, we risk missing out on this historic opportunity.

Tackling climate change is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to increase our energy independence, to raise Americans’ standard of living, to ensure that future generations have access to clean air and safe drinking water, and to develop a workforce of the future to make all this possible.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to take climate action now.

Note: Inclusion in the Playbook does not equal endorsement by Congressman Peters. For the current status of a bill, click the bill title. 

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Economy-Wide Incentives

Economy-Wide Incentives

The United States must take immediate, coordinated action at all levels of government and in partnership with countries around the world to prevent the average global temperature from increasing beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.​

Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 184–184 Democrats

The bill would direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement.

Tags: economy-wide emissions reduction strategy

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 15–7 Democrats, 8 Republicans

The bill would establish the bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission, which will make recommendations on how to best reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on the findings of the scientific community. The commission will 1) undertake a comprehensive review of economically viable public and private actions or policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; 2) make recommendations to the President, Congress and the States; and 3) set goals for emissions reductions using estimated rates of reduction that reflect the latest scientific findings of what is needed to avoid serious health and environmental consequences.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(M)p.10 to identify other emissions and remove them and 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions. 

Tags: economy-wide emissions reduction strategy

Cosponsors: 91–91 Democrats, 0 Republicans
Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Education and Labor; Transportation and Infrastructure; Agriculture; Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Judiciary; Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform

This resolution proposes a series of federal policies and programs, as well as fiscal and environmental reforms to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, as well as for other purposes.

Tags: economy-wide incentives

Cosponsors: 1–0 Democrats, 1 Republican
Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Oversight and Reform

This resolution proposes a series of federal policies and programs, as well as fiscal and environmental reforms to achieve robust, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as for other purposes.

Tags: economy-wide incentives

Finance
Cosponsors: 5 – 5 Republicans

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code with regards to various expiring tax deductions, credits, and rules. It extends tax credits relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, etc. It extends and modifies tax credits for energy property, production from advanced nuclear power facilities, and carbon dioxide sequestration. The bill also extends provisions concerning the oil spill liability trust fund, electric restructuring policies, energy efficient commercial buildings, etc.
(Summarized from Congressional Research Service Bill Summary)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: renewable energy incentives

Ways and Means
Co-sponsors: 4 – 4 Republicans

This bill extends the Code section 45 PTC (temporary production tax credit) and the election to take the section 48 ITC (investment tax credit) for closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facilities, and marine and hydrokinetic facilities. The bill also makes sure the extension maintains the same terms for the same time and phase-out schedule that was provided to section 48 solar energy property in 2015.  According to the current Code, the tax incentives for these non-wind section technologies have expired. The bill encourages continued investment in and a level playing field for renewable energy sources beyond just the wind technologies sector. (Summarized from Stefanik Press Release)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(C)p.5 to promote next generation waste management.

Tags: renewable energy incentives

Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 2 – 1 Democrat. 1 Republican

This bipartisan and bicameral bill gives renewable energy projects access to master limited partnerships (MLP), a tax advantage currently only available to oil, gas, and coal projects. A Master Limited Partnership is a business structure that is taxed as a partnership, but whose ownership interests are traded like corporate stock on a market. By statute, MLPs have only been available to investors in energy portfolios for oil, natural gas, coal extraction and pipeline projects. This bill levels the playing field to make renewable energy sources more competitive for private capital investments.
(Summarized from Estes Press Release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(C)p.11 to provide resources to those working on clean energy.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(G)p.5 to eliminate regulation that hurts clean energy/ to create a regulatory atmosphere to encourage clean energy technologies.

 

 

Tags: economy-wide incentives

Pricing Carbon Emissions

Pricing Carbon Emissions

Economists agree that a carbon tax “offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary.”[1] However, it will also increase the cost of energy consumption. To offset these costs, the government could rebate the revenue generated from the tax as a lump-sum payment to low-income households.

Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs
Co-Sponsors: 37 – 36 Democrats, 1 Republican 

The bill puts a gradually rising fee on carbon-based fuels and products that emit greenhouse gases such as crude oil, natural gas, and coal. Fuel producers or importers will be required to pay a fee at a rate based on the greenhouse gas content of the fuel, which will begin at $15 in 2019, and increase by $10 each year. The rate could be adjusted based on progress toward meeting specified emissions reduction targets. 100 percent of the net revenue raised from this fee will be distributed dividends to households. The bill also amends the Clean Air Act to suspend certain regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions. The suspensions expire if the emissions targets established by this bill are not reached after a specified period.

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: carbon tax

Ways and Means; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veteran’s Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Education and the Workforce
Co-Sponsors: 1 – 1 Democrat

This bill sets a fee starting at $50 per metric ton of emissions in 2019 to increase annually by two percent on carbon-based fuels, including coal, petroleum products, and natural gas; fluorinated greenhouse gases; emissions of any greenhouse gas from any greenhouse gas emissions source; and associated emissions (attributable to venting, flaring, and leakage across the supply chain). The bill also allows a new carbon fee offset tax credit for the lesser of: 6.2percent percent of earned income, or $800.

Tags: carbon pricing

Ways and Means; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veteran’s Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Education and the Workforce
Co-Sponsors: 1 – 1 Democrat

This bill sets a fee starting at $50 per metric ton of emissions in 2019 to increase annually by two percent on carbon-based fuels, including coal, petroleum products, and natural gas; fluorinated greenhouse gases; emissions of any greenhouse gas from any greenhouse gas emissions source; and associated emissions (attributable to venting, flaring, and leakage across the supply chain). The bill also allows a new carbon fee offset tax credit for the lesser of: 6.2percent percent of earned income, or $800.

Tags: carbon pricing

Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Co-sponsors: 0

The bill caps the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from crude oil, coal, and natural gas. It also establishes a declining cap on the quantity of permits issued to reduce CO2 emissions until 2050, at which point the permits issued will represent an amount 80 percent below 2005 CO2 emission levels. Treasury must issue permits for carbon capture and sequestration of CO2 from covered fuels. Auction proceeds and penalties are returned to U.S. citizens lawfully present in the United States using the Healthy Climate Trust Fund established by this bill. The Environmental Protection Agency must regulate within 10 years all sources of greenhouse gases that are anthropogenically emitted. This excludes gases attributable to the production of animals for food.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(M)p.10 to identify other emissions and remove them.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: carbon pricing

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology 
Co-Sponsors: 7 – 7 Democrats

This bill would establish the federal Clean Energy Standard (CES) to put the U.S. on a path to net-zero electricity emissions by 2050. The bill requires every company selling retail electricity to increase the amount of clean energy provided to its customers, with the recognition that different regions will be starting the clean energy transition at different benchmarks. It establishes a CES credit trading market, which would allow retail electricity sellers to cost-effectively achieve clean energy targets without taxes or other federal revenues. The bill would further incentivize development and deployment of zero-emission technologies, including long term storage, that can be turned on or off at any time and help balance the electric grid as the transition to clean energy continues.
(Summarized from Lujan Press Release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity and 4(C)p.11 to provide resources to those working on clean energy.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions and 2(G)p.5 to eliminate regulation that hurts clean energy/to create a regulatory atmosphere to encourage clean energy technologies.

 
Tags: economy-wide emissions reduction strategy

Reduce Transportation Emissions

The transportation sector is the U.S. economy’s largest source of GHG emissions, accounting for about 29 percent of the total U.S. emissions. Options for aggressively reducing GHG emissions include using alternative fuels, such as biofuels and hydrogen, improving fuel efficiency, and modernizing the grid for electric cars.

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 60 Democrats

The bill would codify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) standards that were created in 2012 for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for model years 2021 to 2025. The 2012 standards were created as part of an agreement between the agencies, auto manufacturers, labor, environmental groups, and interested states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The EPA estimated the model year 2022 to 2025 emissions rules would reduce U.S. oil consumption by 50 billion gallons, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons, and nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of about 54 miles per gallon. This bill would reverse the Trump Administration’s recent actions to roll back fuel economy standards.

(Summary from Matsui press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible.
his bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: strengthen vehicle fuel economy standards

Environment and Public Works
Co-Sponsors: 2– 1 Democrat, 1 Independent

“The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, builds on the movements of 10 states, including California, Oregon, Maine and New York, that have enacted state-level ZEV standards…that require a certain percentage of new vehicles sold in the state to be vehicles that emit no carbon pollution, such as fully battery-powered electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It would, for the first time, set a comprehensive federal ZEV standard, requiring that of all new car sales in America, at least 50percentbe zero-emission vehicles by 2030 and ultimately, 100percentby 2040.”
(Summarized from Merkley press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: incentivize low or zero emissions vehicles

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors:  3 – 1 Democrats, 2 Republicans

This bill reauthorizes subtitle G of title VII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which relates to diesel emissions reduction and enables upgrades to the millions of diesel engines on our waterways, rails, and roadways, with the goal of improving air quality and living conditions for our communities.
(Summary from Matsui press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: incentivize low or zero emissions vehicles

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 9–9 Democrats

The bill extends the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years, eliminates the per manufacturer cap of 200,000 vehicles, and provides a 10-year extension of tax credits to incentivize deployment of critical alternative fuel charging infrastructure. It also enhances consumer choice by allowing consumers to take advantage of the tax credit for the next 10 years or apply the credit at the point of sale.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible.

Tags: incentivize low or zero emissions vehicles

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 6–4 Democrats, 2 Republicans

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the definition of “qualifying income” (income that receives favorable tax treatment) to include income additional energy and related categories of business activity including: renewable and alternative energy generation projects, fossil fuel-based energy generation projects, infrastructure for transportation or storage, renewable thermal energy, waste to heat power, renewable fuels and chemicals, energy efficient buildings, gasification, and carbon capture in secure geological storage. This confers the same benefit to renewable energy generation as is today given to fossil fuel generation. 
 (Summarized from Alliance to Save Energy)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: switch to alternative fuels such as biofuels or hydrogen

Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services; Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 61–61 Democrats

This bill leverages private sector dollars from institutional investors, such as pension funds, to supplement current funding for our nation’s infrastructure. It would provide loans and loan guarantees to projects and issue Public Benefit Bonds, with proceeds funding projects and making payments to help states and localities cover their bond interest payments. The National Infrastructure Bank would finance surface transportation projects, as well as energy, environmental, and telecommunications projects. The bank would consider each project’s economic and environmental impacts, social benefits, and costs objectively before selecting projects to finance.
 (Summary provided by DeLauro office)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(A)p.7 to leverage funding to build resiliency against climate change-related disasters2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible, 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments, and4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.

Tags: infrastructure

Finance
Co-Sponsors: 3 – 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans  

This bill increases the number of consumers eligible for a tax credit after purchasing a qualifying vehicle. The current law allows consumers to receive a $7,500 tax credit once the cap of 200,000 of vehicles is met. Consumers have through the calendar quarter after the cap is hit to receive the full tax credit, after that the value of the credit decreases to 50% and 25% over the next 12 months and then it is phased out entirely. This bill raises the cap to 600,000 vehicles per manufacturer and allows for a $7,000 credit through the calendar quarter after the cap is reached. The credit value is decreased to 50% and then phased out entirely after six months. Under the new bill, the $7,500 tax credit is still available for first 200,000 vehicles sold. The bill would also allow the hydrogen fuel cell credit to extend for ten years, through 2028. (Summarized from Stabenow press release)

Tags: incentivize low or zero emissions vehicles
Energy and Commerce
Co- Sponsors: 1 – 1 Democrat
 
This bill sets a Federal Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEVs) standard to boost the market for battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The standard would require that by 2030, 50% of sales for new passenger vehicles are ZEVs, and ramp up 5% each year to 100% by 2040. The ZEV standard is only applied to the sale of new cars. (Summarized from Levin news release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: emissions standards

Ways and Means
Co- Sponsors: 3 – 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans  

This bill increases the number of consumers eligible for a tax credit after purchasing a qualifying vehicle. Current law allows for consumers to receive a $7,500 tax credit once the cap of 200,000 of vehicles is met. Consumers have through the calendar quarter after the cap is hit to receive the full tax credit, after that the value of the credit decreases to 50% and 25% over the next 12 months and then it is phased out entirely. This bill raises the cap to 600,000 vehicles per manufacturer and allows for a $7,000 credit through the calendar quarter after the cap is reached. The credit value is decreased to 50% and then phased out entirely after six months. Under the new bill the $7,500 tax credit is still available for first 200,000 vehicles sold. The bill would also allow the hydrogen fuel cell credit to extend for ten years, through 2028.
(Summary from Stabenow press release)

Tags: incentivize low or zero emissions vehicles

Reduce Emissions from the Electricity Sector

Reduce Emissions from the Electricity Sector

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), CO2 emissions in the U.S. rose by almost 3 percent in 2018[1]. While coal consumption in the U.S. is steadily declining, natural gas and petroleum will remain dominant sources of energy used in the U.S and abroad.[2] Decarbonizing the power sector will require a combination of investments in low-carbon, renewable, and zero-carbon emitting technologies, as well as reforms to the energy market to accommodate a successful transition to a clean energy economy.

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 12–8 Democrats, 4 Republicans

The USE IT Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that supports the development and demonstration of vital carbon capture and removal technologies. Carbon capture and sequestration are existing technologies that capture and sequester CO2 from such emitting sources as biomass or fossil fuel plants. Emerging direct-air capture technologies remove CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and turn the CO2 into valuable materials and products, including plastics, chemicals, building materials, and fuel. This bill authorizes $35 million in competitive prize funding for direct air capture technologies and allocates $50 million toward research and development of technologies that transform captured carbon dioxide into commercial products. The USE IT Act also facilitates the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) infrastructure projects. The bill promotes emerging net negative emissions technologies, particularly Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. DAC technology prevents CO2 emissions by removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere.
(Summary from Peters press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States4(A)p.11 to provide adequate capital to organizations, and4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: deploy carbon capture utilization and storage

Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Science, Space, and Technology; Ways and Means; Transportation and Infrastructure; Education and Labor
Co-Sponsors: 32 Democrats

This bill rebuilds and modernizes the nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, and protect public health and the environment. To the extent the electricity grid is modernized and made more efficient, the nation can both deploy more renewables and conserve energy overall, thereby reducing emissions from generation.
(Summary from Pallone press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States, 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, and 2(L)p.10 to clean up and redevelop hazardous waste sites.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 7–3 Democrats, 4 Republicans

The Carbon Capture Improvement Act allows businesses to use private activity bonds (PABs) issued by local or state governments to finance a carbon capture project. These bonds are beneficial to consumers and businesses because of their tax-exempt status and because they can be paid back over a longer period of time. If more than 65 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground, then 100 percent of the eligible equipment can be financed with PABs.
(Summary from Veasey press release)

Tags: deploy carbon capture utilization and storage at coal and gas-fired plants

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 1–1 Republican

This bill amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to add energy storage systems to the list of strategies states should consider when developing energy plans and using utility ratemaking authority.
(Summary from ProPublica)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(M)p.6 to work with utility companies to ensure access to clean energy for consumers.

Tags: switch to low or zero carbon fuels for onsite power generation

Natural Resources; Agriculture
Co-Sponsors: 24–9 Democrats, 15 Republicans

This bill would create a competitive leasing system for wind and solar energy on public land (like oil and natural gas programs). It will direct royalties from renewable energy projects into wildlife conservation funding and back into the states and counties.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(K)p.9 to restore and protect fragile ecosystems.
his bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(E)p.5 to allow fair and equal access to energy development on federal land.

Tags: switch to low or zero carbon fuels for onsite power generation

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 1–1 Republican

This bill directs DOE to facilitate and encourage public-private partnerships to improve cybersecurity of electric utilities. The legislation would improve sharing of best practices and data collection, along with providing training and technical assistance to electric utilities to address and mitigate cybersecurity risks.
(Summary from Latta press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: grid modernization

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 3–2 Democrats, 1 Republican

This bill creates a voluntary Department of Energy ‘Cyber Sense’ program that would identify and promote cyber-secure products for use in the bulk-power system. The bill also establishes a testing process for the products along with a reporting process of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. It would require the Secretary of Energy to keep a related database on the products. This would aid electric utilities that are evaluating products and their potential to harm the electric grid.
(Summary from Latta press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: grid modernization

Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 2–2 Democrats

The Grid Modernization Act would authorize new DOE demonstration programs to modernize the grid with storage, microgrids, and distribution-level investments in technology like electric vehicle chargers and advanced distributed generation. It also requires DOE to provide a series of “off-the-shelf” tools to local and state grid regulators to accelerate the adoption of new technology and grid controls. These tools would reflect the diversity of various states and include architectural analysis of the grid, performance metrics for new technology, and distribution network planning.
(Summarized from Cantwell press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: grid modernization

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means; Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 26–7 Democrats, 8 Republicans

This bill rebuilds and modernizes the nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, and protect public health and the environment. To the extent the electricity grid is modernized and made more efficient, the nation can both deploy more renewables and conserve energy overall, thereby reducing emissions from generation.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States, 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, and 2(L)p.10 to clean up and redevelop hazardous waste sites.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids
.

Tags: grid modernization

Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 0

The Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act (RIVER Act) reauthorizes the existing Department of Energy program that provides funding to modify existing dams and river conduits with new electricity-generating technology. Only three percent of United States dams are currently used to generate clean hydroelectric power and the Department of Energy reports that there are up to 12 gigawatts of unused hydropower development in the nation’s existing dam infrastructure. This bill would allow the United States to capitalize on current infrastructure to produce clean power.
(Summary from Gardner press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States and 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity.

Tags: switch to low or zero carbon fuels

Finance
Co-Sponsors: 8 – 3 Democrats, 5 Republicans

This bill will modify Section 48A Advanced Coal Tax Credit to incentivize the use of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology to aid in improving the carbon emission profile of coal plants. The bill aims to encourage the use of CCS technology by relaxing the efficiency requirements for new or retrofit projects if they include CCS. The bill requires a minimum of 60% CO2 capture and sequestration for existing units. The bill will encourage coal plants to invest in CSS projects by making those projects more cost effective and efficient. (Summarized from Hoeven and Smith One-Pager)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(E)p.12 to spur the development communities that may struggle with transitioning away from greenhouse gas intensive practices.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 reduce emissions.

Tags: deploy carbon capture utilization and storage

Science, Space, and Technology; Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 2 – 1 Democrat, 1 Republican

The bill reauthorizes the research done by the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy with a focus on clean energy technology to help maintain the status of the United States as a world energy leader. The research activities highlighted by the bill include those such as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, carbon dioxide removal, improvements in efficiency, and methane leak detection. (Summarized from Veasey press Release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: deploy carbon capture utilization and storage

Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Government Reform
Co-Sponsors: 2 – 1 Democrat, 1 Republican

This bill amends Part 3 of Title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8251) to authorize certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy. It mandates that an agency may enter into a contract to acquire energy, generated by renewable energy sources or cogeneration facilities, for no more than 30 years. The bill also ensures that with 90 days of the enactment of this revision, the Federal Energy Management Program must publish a standardized energy purchase agreement to determine commercial terms and conditions to guide agencies when attempting to acquire energy generated from renewable energy sources or from cogeneration facilities.

Tags: renewable energy incentives

Passed House in 115th
Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Government Reform; Senate – Energy and Natural Resources 

Co-Sponsors: 0

This bill revises the hydropower relicensing process by allowing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend a preliminary permit for an additional four years and includes the possibility of another four years beyond the extension. It also directs the FERC to establish a schedule for applicants following the filing of their license application. The bill encourages the use of hydropower, which is clean and renewable. The relicensing process will save time and money while maintaining the environmental standards in place.
(Summary from McMorris Rodgers Press Release)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(H)p.5 to modernize hydropower regulations.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Energy and Natural Resources 
Co-Sponsors: 6 – 5 Democrats, 1 Republican

The bill requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish energy programs that will help advance grid storage. The programs include an energy storage research program, a technical assistance and grant program, DOE workshops, and an energy storage system demonstration and deployment program. These programs will work to encourage development of energy sources and storage systems that are efficient, renewable, and clean while also promoting economic growth and job creation.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity, 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, and 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D).p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: grid modernization

Energy and Natural Resources 
Co-Sponsors: 5 – 3 Democrats, 2 Republicans

This bill amends the United States Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007 to require the establishment of new goals for the Department of Energy relating to energy storage and to carry out energy storage demonstration projects. The goals to be established will create a partnership between the DOE, national laboratories, traditional end-users such as electric utilities, and potential end-users such as new energy storage systems. The demonstration projects to be carried out will be designed to improve grid-scale energy storage technologies so that they can be used commercially and remain cost-effective and efficient.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: energy storage
Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-sponsors:  18 – 18 Democrats

This bill amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. It would reauthorize the program to provide $3.5 billion annually from Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 through FY 2025.  In addition, the bill includes a goal to diversify energy supplies by promoting use of alternative fuels.
(Summarized from Energy & Commerce)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: switch to alternative fuels such as biofuels or hydrogen
​Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 1 – 1 Democrat

This bill requires the Secretary to carry out a program to establish policies and procedures that would improve the physical and cyber security of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquefied natural gas facilities. This is a modest but critically important bill to ensure secure, reliable energy delivery.
(Summarized from Energy and Commerce)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States.

Reduce Manufacturing & Industrial Emissions

Reduce Manufacturing & Industrial Emissions

Industrial activities such as cement and steel-making, both directly and indirectly produce significant CO2 emissions. U.S. manufacturing alone accounts for 12 percent of U.S. GDP, 31 percent of all U.S. energy consumption, and 21 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.[1] Promoting energy efficiency, less carbon-intensive fuels, and other mitigation technologies is key to quickly reducing emissions in these energy-intensive sectors.

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 15 – 14 Democrats, 1 Republican  

This bill allows tax credits for (1) energy storage technologies, and (2) battery storage technology.

The bill expands the tax credit for investments in energy property to include equipment that (1) receives, stores, and delivers energy using batteries, compressed air, pumped hydropower, hydrogen storage (including hydrolysis), thermal energy storage, regenerative fuel cells, flywheels, capacitors, superconducting magnets, or other technologies identified by the Internal Revenue Service; and (2) has a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours.

The bill also expands the tax credit for residential energy efficient property to include expenditures for battery storage technology that (1) is installed on or in connection with a dwelling unit located in the United States and used as a residence by the taxpayer, and (2) has a capacity of at least three kilowatt hours.
(Summary from Congress.gov)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids and 2(J)p.6 to incentivize homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades.

Tags: energy storage

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 3–3 Democrats

This bill requires the Department of Commerce to carry out a grant program for establishing consortia to enhance U.S. economic, environmental, and energy security by promoting domestic research and commercial application of clean technologies and advanced manufacturing processes. Clean technology means technologies, production processes, or methodologies that: produce energy from renewable energy sources; transmit, distribute, or store energy more efficiently; enhance energy efficiency for buildings and industry; enable the development of a smart grid (an evolving electric power network that utilizes new information technology systems, including those that enable customers to reduce or shift their power use during peak demand periods); produce an advanced or sustainable material with energy or energy efficiency applications; improve energy efficiency for transportation; or enhance water security through improved water management, conservation, distribution, or end use applications.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States, 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity, 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient, 2(H)p.9 to remove emissions from the transportation sector as much as possible, and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(D)p.5 to modernize electric grids.

Tags: energy efficiency improvements for industrial equipment

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 2–1 Democrat, 1 Republican

The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow expensing and accelerated cost recovery for certain energy efficient heating and air-conditioning property. It encourages the deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). CHP technologies utilize a variety of fuels, both fossil- and renewable-based, and WHP uses waste heat as the energy source. The bill applies to certain real property: (1) with respect to which depreciation (or amortization in lieu of depreciation) is allowable; (2) which is installed as part of the heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems; and (3) which is within the scope of specified standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(J)p.6 to incentivize homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades and 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: use process heat or onsite combined heat and power to improve efficiency

Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 1 – 1 Republican

This bill aides small and medium-sized American manufacturers with less than $100 million in sales and fewer than 500 employees with adopting smart manufacturing technologies by expanding existing technical assistance programs to provide education and awareness of opportunities in smart technology to those companies. Additionally, it expands the Industrial Assessment Centers within the Department of Energy to include smart technologies and practices in their training and tools to better serve manufacturers. The bill also requires that the Department of Energy develops a national plan to improve smart technology innovation and application. This bill improves energy efficiency, creates jobs, and fosters a more competitive position for manufacturers in the market place.
(Summarized from Welch press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(F)p.8 to invest in existing manufacturing and industry to transition to clean manufacturing, 4(A)p.11 to provide adequate capital to organizations, and 4(N)p.14 to ensure businesspersons are free from unfair business practices.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(G)p.5 to create a regulatory atmosphere to encourage clean energy technologies.​

Tags: renewable energy manufacturing

Promote Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Promote Energy Efficiency in Buildings

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,[1] residential and commercial building sector in the U.S. accounts for almost 40percent of total energy consumption. While there have been significant efficiency gains in commercial and residential buildings, such as homes, offices, schools, hospitals, increased use of appliances and electronics is expected to result in a net increase in emissions.

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 117–54 Democrats, 63 Republicans

The Technologies for Energy Security Act extends the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to encourage the use of residential and commercial wind electrical generation systems by offsetting some of the cost of installation. It adds geothermal heat pumps, fuel cells, microturbines, small wind, and combined heat and power to the list of renewable energy technologies that qualify for the extended tax credits previously granted to solar and wind in 2015. This tax deduction is designed to help drive down the upfront costs of installing renewable technologies for homes and businesses. The bill adopts the same gradual tax credit phase-out schedule that Congress adopted for solar technology.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(J)p.6 to incentivize homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades and 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 40–36 Democrats, 4 Republicans

Many of the recent energy efficiency incentive or support programs are structured in the form of tax credits and rebates. However, as tax-exempt entities, nonprofits are not able to take advantage of these programs. The bill would establish a pilot program to provide financial grants to non-profit organizations (schools, houses of worship, hospitals, youth centers, etc.) for energy efficient equipment and installation. Under the proposal, nonprofits could apply for grants up to 50percent of the total cost — up to $200,000.
(Summarized from Cartwright press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(A)p.11 to provide adequate capital to organizations.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce; Senate — Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 26–25 Democrats, 1 Republican

Schools spend about $6 billion a year on energy. According to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), schools could save as much as $1.5 billion each year in energy improvements. This bill directs DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy to establish a clearinghouse on mechanisms promoting energy efficiency, distributed generation, and retrofitting projects for schools.
 (Summarized from Cartwright press release.)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments. 

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 4–2 Democrats, 2 Republicans

Data centers and servers, computers, and smart devices are examples of some of the most energy-intensive information technologies. The federal government consumes billions of kWh hours using these devices and demand is only increasing. This bill promotes energy efficiency via information and computing technologies. It directs the OMB Director, Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of EPA to develop an implementation strategy for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies by the federal government. The bill also creates Data Center Energy Practitioner Programs, Open Data Initiatives, International Specifications and Metrics, Data Center Utilization Metric, Protection of Proprietary Information.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 4–3 Democrats, 1 Republican

The Investing in State Energy Act requires certain financial assistance under the State Energy Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program to be distributed without undue delay to support state and local high-impact energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 12 – 7 Democrats, 5 Republicans

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the definition of “exempt facility bond” to include bonds used for qualified government buildings. This permits tax-exempt financing of certain government-owned buildings including elementary or secondary schools, facilities of a state college or university used for education purposes, public libraries, courts, hospitals, healthcare facilities, laboratories, research facilities, public safety facilities, or offices for government employees. The bill allocates a $5 billion limit on the amount of tax-exempt financing for these buildings and establishes procedures for allocating and applying for the financing.
(Summary from Congressional Research Service Bill Summary)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce; Budget; Financial Services; Science, Space, and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure; Oversight and Government Reform
Co-Sponsors: 6–6 Democrats

This bill amends the Energy Conservation and Production Act to direct the Secretary of Energy (DOE), among other energy saving measures, to: (1) support the development and updating of national model building energy codes for residential and commercial buildings to enable the achievement of aggregate energy savings targets established by this Act, (2) encourage and support states and local governments that adopt building energy codes that meet or exceed the national codes, and (3) support full compliance with state and local codes.

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goals 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient, 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments, and 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 28 – 11 Democrats, 17 Republicans

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the definition of “exempt facility bond” to include bonds used for qualified government buildings. This permits tax-exempt financing of certain government-owned buildings including elementary or secondary schools, facilities of a state college or university used for education purposes, public libraries, courts, hospitals, healthcare facilities, laboratories, research facilities, public safety facilities, or offices for government employees. The bill allocates a $5 billion limit on the amount of tax-exempt financing for these buildings and establishes procedures for allocating and applying for the financing. (summarized from Congressional Research Service Bill Summary)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 5 – 4 Democrats, 1 Republican

The bill addresses energy efficient commercial buildings by amending the Internal Revenue Code to make the deduction for these buildings permanent. It also allows 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and Indian tribal governments to allocate the deduction to a person primarily responsible for designing the property rather than the owner of the property. The bill ensures that partnerships and S corporations can receive the full benefit of a deduction allocated at the partner or shareholder level and properties placed in service in a qualified low-income building will be exempt from the requirement to reduce the basis of the property by the amount of the deduction.
(Summary from Congressional Research Service Bill Summary)

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 0

This bill amends Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize grants for improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. It would authorize $100 million annually from FY 2021 through FY 2025 for an existing grant program, administered by DOE, that provides money for states to improve the energy efficiency of state and local public facilities. 
(Summarized from Kelly press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology
Co-sponsors: 1 Republican

This bill would require DOE to conduct a survey of smart buildings across the country, establish an initiative to implement smart building technology at one or more buildings under several Federal agencies, and develop a smart building initiative to demonstrate policies and approaches that facilitate the transition to smart buildings under the umbrella of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge.
(Summarized from Energy & Commerce)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(K)p.6 to make buildings more energy efficient.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Co-sponsors: 1 Republican

This bill will provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements. Homeowners who demonstrate at least a 20 percent energy savings will receive a $2,500 rebate. Those who demonstrate at least a 40 percent energy savings will receive a $5,000 rebate.
(Summarized from Welch press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(J)p.6 to incentivize homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 1 Republican

The bill creates a new DOE Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over all energy emergency and security functions related to energy supply, infrastructure, and cybersecurity. 
(Summarized from Energy & Commerce)

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Reduce Agriculture Emissions

Reduce Agriculture Emissions

The agriculture sector contributes approximately 10 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. Methane emissions from livestock, and certain soil and manure management practices are among some of the most potent sources of direct emissions from these agricultural activities. Improving these practices and establishing programs for robust carbon offsetting projects will be powerful market-based tools to significantly reduce emissions.

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Co-Sponsors: 0

The COVER Act amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to modify Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs to authorize additional assistance for farm practices related to soil health and carbon storage. It also modifies the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to require USDA to provide funding for practices that: improve soil health; enhance the ability of a farmer to absorb and recover from shocks and stresses to production; increase the storage of carbon on agricultural land, and; achieve other conservation outcomes determined by USDA. The bill modifies the Conservation Innovation Grants program to establish a pilot program to provide payments to encourage: (1) the measurement of outcomes relating to planting a regionally appropriate cover crop, and (2) opportunities to increase farm income. In carrying out the program, USDA must prioritize certain projects with third-party partners such as academic entities, carbon offset protocol developers, livestock producers, and food manufacturers.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(G)p.8 to reduce agricultural emissions as much as possible and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: land management practices that enhance sequestration

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Co-Sponsors: 0

The SHIPP Act amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to establish a voluntary soil health and income protection program. Landowners and operators may enroll eligible land in the program by agreeing to adopt certain practices to conserve and improve the soil, water, and wildlife resources of the land for three to five years in exchange for rental payments and additional crop insurance premium discounts. During the period of the agreement: the lowest practicable cost perennial conserving use cover crop must be planted on the enrolled land at the expense of the enrollee; the land may be harvested for seed, hayed, or grazed outside the nesting and brood-rearing period, but may not be insured and is subject to a 25percent reduction in rental payments if the land is harvested for seed; the land may be eligible for a walk-in access program of the applicable state; and a nonprofit wildlife organization may pay the owner or operator of the eligible land in exchange for an agreement not to harvest the conserving use cover. Beginning, small, socially disadvantaged, young, or veteran farmers and ranchers are only required to pay 50percent of the cost of planting the conserving using cover crop and are eligible for increased payments and crop insurance premium discounts under the program. A maximum of 15percent of the eligible land on a farm may be enrolled in the program.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(G)p.8 to reduce agricultural emissions as much as possible, 2(K)p.9 to restore and protect fragile ecosystems, and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: land management practices that enhance sequestration

Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Almost half of man-made global warming results from certain lesser-known “super pollutants” that are many times more potent than CO2. These pollutants include short-lived climate pollutants, which live in the atmosphere for a shorter time than CO2. Examples of super pollutants include black carbon (a component of soot), methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The U.S. Climate Alliance identified a comprehensive set of cost-effective strategies to cut super pollutant emissions quickly. These strategies include capturing and utilizing methane, supporting better agriculture practices, avoiding waste, transitioning to more efficient, low emission refrigeration systems, and developing a national framework for transitioning away from HFCs.

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 13–10 Democrats, 3 Republicans

The SUPER Act defines “short-lived climate pollutant” as black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, tropospheric ozone and its precursors, or emissions from banks of ozone-depleting substances. It also creates a Task Force on Super Pollutants where representatives from federal, state, local, and tribal governments or associations, industry, and relevant academic and non-governmental organizations would review existing policies and measures to reduce emissions, promote efficiency and effectiveness, creating recommendations for best-practices and reporting back to Congress.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(M)p.10 to identify other emissions and remove them.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(I)p.5 to establish a framework for tracking emissions.

Tags: economy-wide emissions reduction strategy

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 7–3 Democrats, 4 Republicans

Oil and gas producers want to bring as much natural gas to market as economically feasible. However, the costs to constantly monitor infrastructure for leaks are not always worth the savings due to the steep prices of some detection technologies. The bill authorizes further research into economical Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) work, uses market forces to incentivize technology development and uses existing DOE resources to serve as an informational resource to support private sector mitigation efforts.

Tags: economy-wide emissions reduction strategy

Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 6–3 Democrats, 3 Republicans

This bill requires the Department of the Interior to publicly disclose the amount of fossil fuel and renewable energy production on public lands. They would measure fossil fuel production by using the 20-year and 100-year Global Warming Potential-weighted emission values. Renewable energy would be measured by comparing fossil fuel-generated emissions resulting from the same amount of energy. For this bill to be successfully implemented, the Department of the Interior should also promote regulations to ensure the accurate measurement and reporting of this data.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(I)p.5 to establish a framework for tracking emissions.

Natural Resources; Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 5 Democrats

This bill requires the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations to reduce and prevent gas waste and to enhance gas measuring and reporting, to codify a final rule of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding certain emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector, and for other purposes. It would require oil and gas producers to capture 85% of all gas produced on public lands within three years of enactment, and 99% of all gas produced on such lands within five years of enactment. The legislation would also ban the venting of any natural gas on public lands, and prohibit methane flaring at any new wells established two years after the bill is passed.
(Summarized from DeGette press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(M)p.10 to identify other emissions and remove them.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: emissions standards

Reduce Emissions Through Foreign Policy

Reduce Emissions Through Foreign Policy

The U.S. was once a global leader on climate change. To redeem our leadership position, the U.S. should immediately re-enter the Paris Agreement; meet our commitments to Canada and Mexico to reduce methane emissions from new and existing sources; and ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. To meet long-term climate goals, climate change must be addressed as one of the greatest threats to our national security.

Energy and Commerce; Armed Services; Foreign Affairs; Science, Space, and Technology; Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Co-Sponsors: 43–43 Democrats

This bill would direct federal departments and agencies to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered during the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans, and for other purposes.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(B)p.11 to ensure the federal government considers the impact of emissions in policy change.

Invest in Adaptation and Resiliency

In 2018, NOAA reported there were 11 weather and climate disaster events across the United States with losses exceeding $1 billion each. The federal government must provide state and local planners with the resources and information they need to develop and improve their extreme weather resiliency efforts.

Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 6–5 Democrats, 1 Republican

The bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish and chair an interagency working group with Cabinet-level representation from all relevant federal agencies to develop and improve their extreme weather resiliency efforts. The taskforce would develop a National Extreme Weather Resilience Action Plan.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 15 – 9 Democrats, 6 Republicans

The DISASTER Act requires the Office of Management and Budget to submit an annual report to Congress on the amount of disaster-related spending by the federal government. The report must include all federal obligations related to disaster response, recovery, mitigation efforts, and administrative costs associated with these activities for specified agencies and programs.

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 43 Democrats

This bill develops a national strategic action plan to better prepare Americans against the growing public health effects of climate change, which include pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses, food-borne diseases, and heat-related impacts. The plan would identify and support the nation’s most vulnerable communities while enhancing long-term research into the effects of climate change on the health of everyday Americans. The legislation would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a National Strategic Action Plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change.
(Summary from Cartwright press release)

Tags: public health

Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 10–9 Democrats. 1 Republican

The Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act amends the Coastal Zone Management Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a climate change adaptation planning and response grant program for coastal states. This program would provide grants to coastal states to modify their current coastal management plans to address climate change impacts. Additionally, states could use this grant funding to implement climate change adaptation strategies, such as identifying areas of greatest risk and developing performance measures for protecting infrastructure and coastal ecosystems.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(A)p.7 to leverage funding to build resiliency against climate change-related disasters, 2(I)p.9 to mitigate and manage long-term effects of pollution and climate change by funding localized strategies, and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Financial Services; Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 13–9 Democrats, 4 Republicans

This bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and make important reforms to the program. It would ensure flood insurance is affordable for policyholders by capping annual premium increases to 10percent, expanding policy coverage limits to $500,000 for homes and $1.5 million for multifamily and business structures, and requiring FEMA to provide financial assistance to any policyholders whose housing costs exceed 30percent of their adjusted gross income due to NFIP premiums. The bill also focuses on proactive mitigation efforts by investing in new Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology for more accurate mapping of flood risks.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(A)p.7 to leverage funding to build resiliency against climate change-related disasters and 2(I)p. 9 to mitigate and manage long-term effects of pollution and climate change by funding localized strategies.

Tags: flood insurance policy

Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 7–4 Democrats, 3 Republicans

This bill phases out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and sets a path toward more sustainable fishing in the region. The bill also promotes the development and adoption of alternative fishing methods and gear types that reduce the incidental catch of living marine resources to the maximum extent possible.
(Summary from Lieu press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(K)p.9 to restore and protect fragile ecosystems and 4(L)p.13 to ensure that oceans are protected.

Tags: fisheries management

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Co-Sponsors: 0

This bill amends the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to establish a Farm to Food Bank Network in a state or region by using a non-profit’s existing network and infrastructure to aggregate, transport, store, and distribute food. The bill would also take measures to provide food to those who need it, reduce food waste, and support farmers.
(Summary from Casey press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities and 4(O)p.14 to provide food to those who need it.

Tags: food security

Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 26–26 Democrats

This bill increases funding Authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling competitive grant program from $50 million to $500 million. Priority will be given to projects that provide a more reliable water supply; increase water management flexibility and reduce environmental impact; and, make groundwater management enhancements.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to upgrade infrastructure in the United States and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.

Tags: protect water supplies

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Co-Sponsors: 0

This bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a forest incentives program to keep forests intact and sequester carbon on private forest land of the United States. It would establish programs to encourage managing forests for carbon sequestration and for using bio-based products in building construction for purposes of carbon sequestration.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(J)p.9 to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by restoring natural ecosystems.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions.

Tags: forest management

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 8 – 3 Democrat, 5 Republicans

This bill amends the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to authorize a federal agency with a representative serving on the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification to carry out a program that awards prizes competitively under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980. The prizes would recognize stimulating innovation to advance the nation's ability to understand, research, or monitor ocean acidification or its impacts or to develop management or adaptation options for responding to ocean acidification. Priority must be given to establishing programs that address communities, environments, or industries that are in distress due to the impacts of ocean acidification.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(I)p.9 to mitigate and manage long-term effects of pollution and climate change by funding localized strategies and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities.

Tags: ocean acidification

Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 39 – 36 Democrats, 3 Republicans

This bill renews the federal commitment to addressing local water quality challenges by providing federal assistance to construct, repair, and replace the nation’s network of wastewater and stormwater conveyance and treatment facilities. This bill increases the amount of federal assistance to approximately $23.5 billion and makes it available to states and local communities through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.

Tags: protect water supplies

Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 13 – 10 Democrats, 3 Republicans

This bill would expand the Coastal Zone Management Act to provide necessary tools tribes by expanding grants to protect their people and landmarks from changing landscapes and weather events. (Summarized from Kilmer press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(I)p.9 to mitigate and manage long-term effects of pollution and climate change by funding localized strategies, 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities, and 4(M)p.14 to obtain informed consent of indigenous people for decisions affecting them.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 1 Republican

The bill authorizes the appropriation of $90 million in each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022 for the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide financial and technical assistance to states for purposes of developing and implementing plans related to energy conservation. The bill would require that states’ plans specify strategies for safeguarding energy-related infrastructure from physical and cybersecurity threats, mitigating the risk of disruptions to the supply of energy, and ensuring energy reliability. (Summary from Energy & Commerce)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States, 2(D)p.8 to upgrade power grids, and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.

Tags: resilient energy infrastructure

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 4 Democrats

This bill extends and strengthens the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income households insulate their homes from extreme heat and cold and make other cost-effective investments in home energy efficiency upgrades.
(Summarized from Tonko press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(E)p.8 to make buildings more energy efficient and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(J)p.6 to incentivize homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades.

Tags: energy efficiency incentives for residential and commercial properties

Energy and Commerce
Co-sponsors: 43 Democrats

This bill develops a national strategic action plan to better prepare Americans against the growing public health effects of climate change, which include pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses, food-borne diseases, and heat-related impacts. The plan would identify and support the nation’s most vulnerable communities, while enhancing long-term research into the effects of climate change on the health of everyday Americans. The legislation would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a National Strategic Action Plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change.

(Summarized from Cartwright press release)

Tags: public health

Science, Space, and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure; Oversight and Reform; Financial Services; Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 26 Democrats    

The bill authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to carry out research on disaster resiliency. The bill will also provide grants to coastal communities and directs the Secretary of Commerce to award competitive prizes to advance coastal risk reduction and resilience measures.
(Summary from Rouda press release)

Tags: resilient energy infrastructure

Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means
Co-sponsors: 0


This bill will create a Climate Change Advisory Commission under the Department of Commerce. The commission will consist of 11 members appointed by the President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minority Leader of the House, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader. The commission will provide recommendations on how to improve energy, transportation, and water infrastructure to increase climate resiliency. This bill will also establish a Climate Change Resiliency Fund under the Department of Commerce, which the commission will oversee. This fund will provide money for projects that improve a region’s climate resiliency or mitigate existing climate challenges. The money from this fund will come from new “climate bonds” issued by the Treasury Department. Under this bill, the Treasury Department may issue these climate bonds from $200 million up to $1 billion and these bonds are exempt from state and local taxes.
(Summary from Deutch press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goals 2(A)p.7 to leverage funding to build resiliency against climate change-related disasters, 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States, 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to communities.

 
Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Workforce Re-Training

A transition to a clean energy economy will disproportionately affect low-income communities. The government will need to make substantial investments in worker dislocation programs, such as job retraining, income support, and a bridge to retirement for those workers directly employed in the U.S. coal and petroleum industry to keep the economy strong and to successfully transition the coal-based industry workforce into the renewable revolution.

Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce

Co-Sponsors: 1 Democrat

This bill amends section 211 of the Department of Energy Organization Act to rename the Office of Minority Economic Impact as the Office of Economic Impact, Diversity, and Employment. It creates an Energy Workforce Grant Program that will expand U.S. employment opportunities for minority workers in solar, wind, energy efficiency, clean vehicles, energy storage, and related clean energy jobs.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(C)p.11 to provide resources those working on clean energy.

Tags: workforce

Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure
Co-Sponsors: 26 – 21 Democrats and 5 Republicans

The bill will accelerate the investment of $1 billion in unappropriated funds to help states in the Appalachia region invest in communities who have been adversely impacted by the closure of coal mines. This bill allows communities to decide for themselves how they will use these funds. Local communities will be able to revitalize lands that were once owned by coal mining companies by restoring land and water resources, sealing and filling abandoned mine entries and voids, working to prevent erosion, and treating water pollution created by coal mine drainage.
(Summarized from Cartwright press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(I)p.9 to mitigate and manage long-term effects of pollution and climate change by funding localized strategies and 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments.

Tags: workforce

Education and Labor
Co-Sponsors: 1–1 Republican

This bill directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a National Center of Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce Advisory Board to (1) support and develop training and science education programs, (2) align apprenticeship programs and industry certifications to further develop succession planning in the energy sector, (3) integrate educational standards to develop foundational skills for elementary and secondary education and postsecondary education to create a pipeline between education and career, and (4) support the replication of existing model energy curricula. DOE would also establish a pilot program to award competitive grants to incentivize training for skilled energy industry jobs. Grant amounts are limited to $1 million for any one year.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(A)p.11 to provide assistance to state and local governments and 4(C)p.11 to provide resources to those working on clean energy.  

Tags: workforce

Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 3 – 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans 

This bill assists service members and Veterans with the transition back to civilian life by connecting them with good-paying jobs in clean, renewable energy. The bill calls for the development of the “Energy Ready Vets Program” that the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense work together to develop. The program provides Veterans with the necessary training and credentials to secure good paying jobs in the clean energy industry including wind, solar, cyber-energy fields, etc. An Administrator with military experience would lead the program. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces would be offered six-month internships to acquire the training and skills they need. The bill also creates a labeling program to recognize the companies that are hiring graduates from the Energy Ready Vets Program as a method of encouraging them to hire Veterans.
(Summary from Duckworth press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal Goal 4(C)p.11 to provide resources to those working on clean energy.

Tags: workforce

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 39 – 28 Democrats, 11 Republicans

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is a program within the Department of Energy (DOE) that supports projects with the potential to transform our energy system and improve U.S. productivity and economic growth. In its eight-year history, 74 of more than 262 completed projects supported by ARPA-E have attracted over $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding, and 56 projects have gone on to form new companies. ARPA-E focuses on high-risk, high-reward, pre-commercial projects. Selected through a competitive application process, every project team receives funding and guidance to meet ambitious project milestones. Teams that fail to demonstrate success or meet milestones lose funding, ensuring funds are used efficiently and focused on the most promising projects.

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 23 – 11 Democrats, 12 Republicans

The Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2018 directs the Secretary of Energy to take advantage of existing federal prize authority under the America COMPETES Act to spur innovation in five areas critical to combating climate change: carbon capture, energy efficiency, energy storage, climate resiliency, and data analytics on weather. The topics were selected with extensive input from stakeholders in the federal prize and clean energy communities. The bill will encourage public-private partnerships and pay-for-performance.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions and 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Science, Space, and Technology
C
o-Sponsors: 1- 1 Republican

The bill requires the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with other relevant agencies, to create an Energy-Water Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to help guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources. It also requires Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to oversee these activities with other agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and state and local governments to develop and regularly update a strategic plan which includes technical milestones for achieving and assessing progress toward these objectives.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity and 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 
2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 3 – 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans

This bill authorizes a small business voucher program that will allow small businesses to conduct feasibility studies and analyze the innovation potential of new technologies by experts at the National Labs. The bill also streamlines the application and approval process for vouchers, eliminating barriers that prevent small businesses from exploring the potential of new technologies.
(Summary from Luján press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.

Tags: renewable energy incentives

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsor: 1 Republican

The bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to further the research and development of domestic advanced, affordable, and clean nuclear energy. The DOE must participate in at least one contract that establishes at least four advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Further, the DOE must establish goals relating to the research of advanced nuclear reactors. These goals must coordinate with private industry members to support the demonstration of various designs of advanced nuclear reactors.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies
Science, Space, and Technology; Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 5 – 2 Democrats, 3 Republicans

The bill instructs the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source to function as a national user facility. The DOE is required to consult with the private sector as well as universities, national laboratories, and any relevant federal agencies so that the source will meet federal research needs in relation to the study of neutron irradiation services. The bill also directs the DOE to ensure the national user facility provides specific capabilities including the ability for upgrades to handle new or expanded research needs. The facility must be fully operational by December 31, 2025.
 
This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.
Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Research, Development, Demonstration, & Deployment

Federal government programs such as ARPA-E and the SunShot Initiative run by DOE have successfully accelerated the global deployment of transformational energy technologies. ARPA-E makes major investments in technologies that are too early-stage for private investment, while programs like the SunShot Initiative will make solar energy technologies more efficient, reliable and affordable. The government needs to urgently support every stage of energy innovation from energy research, development, demonstration and deployment.

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 39–28 Democrats, 11 Republicans

The Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E) is a program within the Department of Energy (DOE) that supports projects with the potential to transform our energy system and improve U.S. productivity and economic growth. In its eight-year history, 74 of more than 262 completed projects supported by ARPA-E have attracted over $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding, and 56 projects have gone on to form new companies. ARPA-E focuses on high-risk, high-reward, precommercial projects. Selected through a competitive application process, every project team receives funding and guidance to meet ambitious project milestones. Teams that fail to demonstrate success or meet milestones lose funding, ensuring funds are used efficiently and focused on the most promising projects.

This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 23–11 Democrats, 12 Republicans

The Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2018 directs the Secretary of Energy to take advantage of existing federal prize authority under the America COMPETES Act to spur innovation in five areas critical to combating climate change: carbon capture, energy efficiency, energy storage, climate resiliency, and data analytics on weather. The topics were selected with extensive input from stakeholders in the federal prize and clean energy communities. The bill will encourage public-private partnerships and pay-for-performance.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(A)p.4 to reduce emissions and 2(B)p.4 to invest in next generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy
.

Senate — Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 14–6 Democrats, 8 Republicans

The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act boosts nuclear energy innovation and ensures advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable, and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs. The bill directs the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals; provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source; and make high assay, low-enriched uranium available for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts. It aims to reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy by launching robust public-private partnerships between the federal government, leading research institutions, and the best industry innovators. The bill also promotes education initiatives, workforce development, and training in nuclear science.
(Summarized from Senator Murkowski press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity and 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 1- 1 Republican

The bill requires the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with other relevant agencies, to create an Energy-Water Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to help guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources. It also requires Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to oversee these activities with other agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and state and local governments to develop and regularly update a strategic plan which includes technical milestones for achieving and assessing progress toward these objectives.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(B)p.7 to update infrastructure in the United States.

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-Sponsors: 3–1 Democrat, 2 Republicans

This bill authorizes a small business voucher program that will allow small businesses to conduct feasibility studies and analyze the innovation potential of new technologies by experts at the National Labs. The bill also streamlines the application and approval process for vouchers, eliminating barriers that prevent small businesses from exploring the potential of new technologies.
(Summary from Luján press release)

Ways and Means
Co-Sponsors: 2 – 2 Republicans

This bill will encourage energy innovation in the U.S. energy market. The bill creates a tech-neutral tax credit to incentivize new energy technologies. The credit will phase out over time to ensure that unprofitable or inefficient energy technology is not supported. Additionally, the tax credit scales down as production scales up. The credit rewards efficiency by ensuring the credit reflects the value of the energy that is sold so that the generation of unneeded power is not encouraged. The credit prevents energy technologies from claiming existing incentives in addition to the credit itself. The bill will increase U.S. economic competitiveness and strengthen the country’s leadership in global energy innovation. (Summarized from Reed press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: renewable energy incentives

Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 3 – 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans

The bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to further the research and development of domestic advanced, affordable, and clean nuclear energy. The DOE must participate in at least one contract that establishes at least four advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Further, the DOE must establish goals relating to the research of advanced nuclear reactors. These goals must coordinate with private industry members to support the demonstration of various designs of advanced nuclear reactors.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(D)p.12 to invest in new clean technologies.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Science, Space, and Technology; Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 5 – 3 Democrats, 2 Republicans

The bill instructs the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source to function as a national user facility. The DOE is required to consult with the private sector as well as universities, national laboratories, and any relevant federal agencies so that the source will meet federal research needs in relation to the study of neutron irradiation services. The bill also directs the DOE to ensure the national user facility provides specific capabilities including the ability for upgrades to handle new or expanded research needs. The facility must be fully operational by December 31, 2025.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy. 

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Energy and Commerce; Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Co-Sponsors: 2 – 2 Democrats

The bill establishes a public-private partnership to make advancements that will lead to the development, manufacturing, and transportation of next-generation fuels and the advanced nuclear reactors that they will power. The bill directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a high-assay, low-enriched uranium for domestic commercial use. It also requires the DOE to establish a schedule for recovering the costs associated with those developments. These advancements will ensure zero-emissions nuclear power can support a portion of the United States’ electricity use both in homes and in businesses.
(Summarized from Flores press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(C)p.7 to develop new clean power capacity.
This bill addresses Green Real Deal goal 2(B)p.4 to invest in next-generation low- and zero-emission energy sources including nuclear energy.

Tags: investments in low-carbon renewable and zero-carbon emitting technologies

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-sponsors: 1 Republican

This bill establishes a smart energy and water efficiency management program within DOE to award grants to entities that demonstrate advanced and innovative technology-based solutions.
(Summary from Energy & Commerce)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(A)p.11 to provide adequate capital to organizations.

Tags: water resource management

Science, Space, and Technology
Co-sponsors: 48 – 41 Democrats, 7 Republicans

The bill will strengthen federal investments in research and monitoring of changing ocean conditions. The COAST Research Act reauthorizes the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through 2023. The legislation would: strengthen investment in research and monitoring of acidification on oceans and estuaries; increase our understanding of the economic effects of ocean acidification and coastal acidification in estuaries; engage stakeholders, including the commercial fishing industry, researchers, and community leaders through an Advisory Board; provide for the long-term stewardship and standardization of data on ocean acidification from different sources, including the National Centers for Environmental Information and the Integrated Ocean Observing System; and recognize the effects of ocean acidification on estuaries as well as oceans.
(Summarized from Bonamici press release)

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 4(L)p.13 to ensure that oceans are protected.

Tags: water and oceans management

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 9 Democrats

This bill prioritizes the removal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from nuclear power plants that are decommissioned, located near large populations, and are at high risk for earthquakes. This prioritization ensures that SNF will be removed first from those areas that pose the highest risk to the surrounding population.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(L)p.10 to clean up and redevelop hazardous waste sites.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Armed Services; Budget; Rules
Co-Sponsors: 13 – 6 Democrats, 7 Republicans

This bill amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to advance both interim and permanent spent nuclear fuel (SNF) disposal solutions in order to securely removal SNF from our communities. The bill moves to complete a repository license for a long-term SNF storage site, while also directing the Department of Energy to pursue interim storage solutions until long-term storage becomes available. Finally, this bill creates a dialogue between stakeholders and the federal government to ensure adequate funding for multi-generational nuclear storage infrastructure.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(L)p.10 to clean up and redevelop hazardous waste sites.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure

Energy and Commerce
Co-Sponsors: 3 Democrats

This bill provides a framework to develop consolidated interim storage for spent nuclear fuel (SNF), ensuring that SNF currently located at nuclear power plants will be held in a more secure location until long-term disposal becomes available.

This bill addresses Green New Deal goal 2(L)p.10 to clean up and redevelop hazardous waste sites.

Tags: design and development of resilient infrastructure