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Knight Energy Bill Signed into Law

BEST Act to establish "moonshot" energy storage goals

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Washington, DC, September 24, 2018 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments

On Friday, September 21, 2018, President Trump signed a "Minibus" Appropriations bill into law that provides federal funding for Military Construction/Veterans' Affairs, Energy & Water, and Legislative Branch programs. Included in the Minibus are the provisions of H.R. 5610, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, introduced in April by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA).

The BEST Act would establish innovation goals to develop commercially-viable large-scale energy storage technology. This technology, if successfully developed by this "moonshot" initiative, would solve one of the largest challenges facing the large-scale implementation of intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar cells and wind turbines. This bill was co-led by Representative Bill Foster (D-IL).

"The BEST Act offers concrete and measurable goals to develop and produce the technology we'll need in the future." said Rep. Knight "With industrial sized energy storage capabilities, the decision to invest in renewable energy sources becomes that much easier and more viable. Affordable and plentiful energy is not only good for the American consumer, but will also create thousands of jobs in our district, where our climate and geography situates us perfectly to lead this new era in American energy independence. This is potentially a $100 billion industry and I am very grateful to Congressman Foster for helping us get this across the finish line."

I am proud to announce that this bipartisan legislation has been signed into law. The Better Energy Storage Technology Act will provide the sustained federal funding we need to promote new research in energy storage and more environmentally sustainable energy models,” said Rep. FosterResearch on battery storage is the next frontier in energy development so that we can find ways to improve our country’s electrical grid and energy usage.  Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois already leads the way in new battery technology, and I am confident that this legislation will ensure we can build on its success. I am proud to work with my Republican colleague Representative Knight on this important legislation, and I thank him for joining me to make sure that the United States remains a leader in innovation and technology.”

The BEST Act is supported by the Audubon Society, ClearPath Action, and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

"America's future will be powered by clean energy." wrote Justin Stokes, Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Audubon Society "We are grateful for [Rep. Knight's] effort to promote the growth of renewable energy sources by speeding the development of commercially-viable and economically-beneficial large-scale energy storage technology. Previous similar 'moonshot initiatives' have sped innovation like the Department of Energy's "SunShot" program that ultimately reduced solar energy costs by seventy-five percent."

Audubon's full letter of support can be read here.

We are heartened that Congress in the FY19 energy spending bill embraced the ambitious moonshot goal approach to energy storage research embodied in Rep. Knight's visionary BEST Act, which will sharpen acceleration of U.S. energy and battery storage leadership and add flexibility to everything from 24/7 nuclear to intermittent renewable power,” said Rich Powell, Executive Director for ClearPath Action The world increasingly demands such technologies and it’s vital that the U.S. stay ahead of China in their deployment.

"Energy innovation is key to our nation's future prosperity,said Michele Stockwell, Executive Director for BPC Action "The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act is an important step toward making the electric grid more affordable and efficient for American consumers and businesses."

Representative Knight is a member of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy.

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