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The Climate Playbook—Replay contains information on recent climate action in Congress, including bill updates, Committee and House votes, and new bills reflected in The Climate Playbook.


Playbook Bills that Passed the House

H.R. 1984 - DISASTER Act

  • H.R. 1984 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.

H.R. 1768 - Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2019

  • H.R.1768 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.

H.R. 1420 -  Energy Efficient Government Technology Act 

  • H.R. 1420 promotes energy efficiency via information and computing technologies. 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. It directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director, Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (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.

H.R. 1146 - Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

  • H.R. 1146 repeals a provision of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) from the 115th Congress (2017-2018) which permitted 2 lease sales of about 400,000 acres of oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time since the Interior Department established the ANWR. 

H.R. 1941 - Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act

  • H.R. 1941 prohibits any future leases for oil and gas drilling off the United States’ Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

H.R. 205 - Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019

  • H.R. 205 makes a moratorium on offshore leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico permanent.The 2006 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act prohibited offshore leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico (off the coast of Florida) through June 2022 because drilling on Florida’s coast affected its tourism and fishing industries.

Bills Added to the Playbook

H.R. 4307 - Build More Housing Near Transit Act

  • H.R. 4307 amends Section 5309 of Title 49 in the U.S. Code, which governs the application process for Capital Investment Grants (CIG). Specifically, this bill affects the New Starts program (light, rapid, commuter rail projects that cost more than $300 million) within CIG. It adds real estate to the consideration of economic development and requires real estate feasibility to be evaluated with housing feasibility assessments. In addition to a financial commitment, it requires a commitment to adjust local land use policies to accommodate affordable and market-rate housing development associated with the project. Changes should consider: density, development certainty, market interest, exemption of minimum parking requirements, by-right development, agency ownership of land, and regional growth goals

H.R. 4230 - Clean Industrial Technology Act of 2019

  • H.R. 4230 helps to support research and demonstration of innovative technologies to reduce emissions from steel and cement production, chemicals production, and others. It is aimed at establishing a crosscutting program of research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of technologies capable of achieving the simultaneous goals of reducing emissions while increasing technological and economic competitiveness of industrial and manufacturing processes in the United States.

H.R. 3110  - Climate Security Intelligence Act of 2019

  • H.R. 3110 establishes the Climate Security Intelligence Center at Office of the Director of National Intelligence to identify and analyze existing and future conflicts and threats that are the result of climate change and requires the center to submit recurring reports to Congress on those threats.

H.R. 3423 - National Green Bank Act

  • H.R. 3423 creates a National Green Bank that would be capitalized by an initial sale of $10 billion in Green Bonds, with options for direct congressional appropriations or further bond sales. In turn, it would capitalize eligible green banks set up by states, counties, and municipalities. These local green banks would be able to make financing in the form of direct support or credit enhancement for eligible energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure projects, among others. The bill contains funding for states without existing green banks to set them up. These banks have been successful at the state level in reducing emissions and creating jobs.

H.R. 3872 - National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019

  • H.R. 3872 reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years through September 30, 2024 and make important reforms to the program. It would ensure flood insurance is affordable for policyholders by capping annual premium increases to 9%, capping Write Your Own (WYO) compensation at 22.46% of written premiums, and creating an affordability assistance fund within the Treasury to aid 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.

H.R. 4093 - National Oceans and Coastal Security Improvements Act of 2019

  • H.R. 4093 will support coastal communities’ ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions by improving coastal infrastructure and supporting coastal research, resiliency, conservation and restoration work.

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Playbook Bills that Passed the Energy and Commerce Committee

H.R. 1315 - Blue Collar to Green Collar Jobs Development Act

  • H.R. 1315 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.

H.R. 2665 - Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act of 2019

  • H.R. 2665 establishes a smart energy and water efficiency management program within the Department of Energy to award grants to entities that demonstrate advanced and innovative technology-based solutions.

H.R. 2044 - Smart Building Acceleration Act

  • H.R. 2044 would require the Department of Energy 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.

H.R. 359 - Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act 

  • H.R. 359 directs the Department of Energy 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.

H.R. 360 - Cyber Sense of 2019

  • H.R. 360 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.

H.R. 362 - Energy Emergency Leadership Act

  • H.R. 362 creates a new Department of Energy Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over all energy emergency and security functions related to energy supply, infrastructure, and cybersecurity. 

H.R. 370 - Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act

  • H.R. 370 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.

H.R. 2088 - To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

  • H.R. 2088 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.

H.R. 2041 - Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act 

  • H.R. 2041 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.

H.R. 2119 - To Amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize grants for improving the energy efficiency of public buildings, and for other purposes

  • H.R. 2119 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 the Department of Energy, that provides money for states to improve the energy efficiency of state and local public facilities. 

Bills Added to the Playbook

H.R. 2256 - Driving America Forward Act

  • H.R. 2256 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. 

H.R. 1317 - Coastal Communities Adaptation Act

  • H.R. 1317 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.. 

H.R. 2326 - Climate Solutions Commission Act

  • H.R. 2326 would establish the bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission which will make recommendations on how to best reduce non-sequestered 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.

H.R. 2995 - Spent Fuel Prioritization Act

  • H.R. 2995 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.

H.R. 2699 - Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

  • H.R. 2699 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.

H.R. 3136 - Storage and Transportation Of Residual and Excess Nuclear Fuel Act of 2019

  • H.R. 3136 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.

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Bills that Passed the House

H.R. 1921 - Ocean Acidification Innovation Act

  • H.R. 1921 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 encourage innovation to advance the nation’s ability to understand, research, or monitor ocean acidification and its impacts, and 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.

Bills that Passed Committees

H.R. 1984 - DISASTER Act

  • H.R. 1984 passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It 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.

Bills Added to the Playbook

H.R. 370 – Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act 

  • H.R. 370 requires the Secretary of Energy 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.

H.R. 362 - Energy Emergency Leadership Act

  • H.R. 362 creates a new Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over all energy emergency and security functions related to energy supply, infrastructure and cybersecurity. 

H.R. 2665 -  Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act of 2019

  • H.R. 2665 establishes a smart energy and water efficiency management program within the Department of Energy (DOE) to award grants to entities that demonstrate advanced and innovative technology-based solutions.

H.R. 2764 - Zero-Emission Vehicles Act 

  • H.R. 2764 sets a Federal Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) 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. 

H.R. 1960 - Healthy Climate and Family Security Act 

  • H.R. 1960 caps carbon pollution and reduces CO2 emissions gradually but steadily. It auctions carbon pollution permits to the first sellers of oil, coal, and natural gas into the U.S. market, and returns 100 percent of the auction proceeds electronically each quarter to every American in the form of a Healthy Climate Dividend.

H.R. 1243 - Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act 

  • H.R. 1243 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.

H.R. 1237 - COAST Research Act of 2019 

  • H.R. 1237 will strengthen federal investments in research and monitoring of changing ocean conditions. This research will help coastal communities better understand and cope with the effects of environmental stressors on our oceans and estuaries.

H.R. 2711 - Methane Waste Prevention Act

  • H.R. 2711 requires the Secretary of the Interior to reinstate the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which limited the amount of methane that oil and gas producers operating on tribal or public lands could release, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. 

H.R. 2041 - Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency

  • H.R. 2041 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. 

H.R. 2043 - Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act of 2019

  • H.R. 2043 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.

H.R. 2044 - Smart Building Acceleration Act

  • H.R. 2044 would require the Department of Energy (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.

H.R. 2114 - Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019

  • H.R. 2114 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.

H.R. 2119  - To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize grants for improving the energy efficiency of public buildings, and for other purposes

  • H.R. 2119 amends the 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 the Department of Energy (DOE), that provides money for states to improve the energy efficiency of state and local public facilities.  

H.R. 2088  - To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

  • H.R. 2088 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. 

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Bills that Passed the House

H.R. 9- Climate Action Now Act

  • H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, passed the full House of Representatives on Thursday. This legislation would direct President Trump to develop a plan to meet environmental goals individually assigned in the Paris Climate Agreement. 
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Watch Rep. Peters speak in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, here.

Bills that Passed Committees

  •  H.R. 34, the Energy and Water Research Integration Act, passed out of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. It now can be considered on the House floor. This legislation creates an Energy-Water Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. This change is intended to guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources. The bill also encourages strategic planning from agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and local, state, and federal governments to meet technical milestones.
  • H.R. 1921, the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, also passed out of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. It now can be considered on the House floor. This legislation allows the federal government to create prizes to encourage innovation in ocean acidification research and responses to the environmental impact.
  • H.R. 2156, the RECLAIM Act of 2019, passed out of the Natural Resources Committee. It now can be considered on the House floor. This legislation funds clean up of abandoned coal mines and captures any leaking methane. It also repurposes the mines for economic use, which can create clean jobs.

Bills Added to the Playbook

  • S. 2256, the Tax Extender Act of 2017 (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. The bill extends energy efficiency tax credits and extends credits for energy property, production from advanced nuclear power facilities, and carbon dioxide sequestration.
  • H.R. 4137, the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. It extends tax credits for biomass, hydropower, geothermal, and other facilities, which encourages continued investments in a level playing field for renewable energy that extends beyond wind technology.
  • 1094, the Driving America Forward Act, was added to the Playbook. This bill increases the number of consumers eligible for a tax credit after purchasing a qualifying car.
  • 859, the RIVER Act, was added to the Playbook. This legislation reauthorizes the existing Department of Energy program that provides funding to modify existing dams and river conduits with new electricity-generating technology.
  • 407, the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, was added to the Playbook. This bill aims to encourage the use of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology by relaxing the efficiency requirements for new or retrofit projects if they include CCS.
  • H.R. 5745, the Fossil Energy Research and Development Act of 2018 (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • H.R. 6538, the Renewable Energy Certainty Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. The legislation authorizes certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy.
  • H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • S.3376, the Advancing Grid Storage Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • S.1455, the Better Energy Storage Technologies (BEST) Act & Energy Storage Goals and Demonstration Projects Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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 to improve grid-scale energy storage technologies.
  • H.R. 1633, the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, was added to the Playbook. 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. It also 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.
  • H.R. 960, the Public Infrastructure Renewal Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. This bill allows qualified government buildings to be eligible for “exempt facility bonds,” encouraging energy efficiency.
  • H.R. 3507, the Extension of the 179D (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • H.R. 1497, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019, was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • H.R. 729, the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • 876, the Energy Jobs for Our Heroes Act, was added to the Playbook. This bill assists servicemembers 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.
  • H.R. 7196, the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2018 (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. This bill will encourage energy innovation in the U.S. energy market. It 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.
  • S.1457, the Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.
  • H.R. 4378, the Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018 (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. The bill instructs the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source to function as a national user facility, which must be fully operational by December 31, 2025. 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.
  • H.R. 6140, the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act (115th Congress), was added to the Playbook. 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.

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