August 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Enhance the Nation’s Energy Storage Capabilities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Advancing Grid Storage Act to increase America’s energy storage capabilities and help expand the role that renewable energies like wind and solar play in the nation’s energy portfolio. This bill also supports the utilization of renewable energy production and storage on personal residential properties.

“I am proud to cosponsor a bill that prioritizes investments in renewable energy and good paying green jobs,” said Cortez Masto. “Modernizing our renewable energy storage capabilities will reduce costs and increase efficiency of renewable energy use across the country, ensuring that Nevada continues to be a leader in green energy production, job creation, and innovation.”

The bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and cosponsored by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Angus King (I-Maine).

BACKGROUND:

The Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2018 would authorize $500 million over five years to:

  • Ensure better coordination of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy storage research efforts, which are currently fragmented and spread over several programs.
  • Fund DOE grants to state, local, and tribal governments, and to private entities looking to boost their energy storage capabilities.
  • Provide grants to help fund the deployment of promising energy-storage technologies.

You can read more about the “Advancing Grid Storage Act” here.

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