Washington, D.C. –To make renewable and other new energy technologies more viable, more reliable and more affordable, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, last week introduced H.R. 5515, the Powering America for Tomorrow Act, a bill that will streamline the construction of power lines across state borders.
“Wind, solar and other renewable technologies have a lot of potential, but getting this energy to the places they’re most needed can be a problem,” Sensenbrenner said. “By building a more robust electric transmission grid, we can bring new energy technology online to power America’s businesses and households.”
The legislation will help establish a new regional planning process that will cut through some of the challenges that can hamper the construction of power lines across state borders. The bill will also give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) greater backstop authority to ensure the construction of regionally significant lines.
“The gusting winds of the Midwest make it an ideal place to build wind farms. Likewise, perpetually clear skies in Arizona make the location ideal for solar power. Unfortunately, many of these places aren’t located close enough to the heavy populated areas where this new power is needed,” Sensenbrenner said. “My bill will help modernize our outdated power grid and make it much more likely that wind power generated in Iowa will find its way to places like St. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee.”
“I don’t support a cap on carbon dioxide emissions, but I do support the development of new low-carbon energy technology that will eliminate the need for unrealistic carbon caps that act like an energy tax and will undermine the economy,” Sensenbrenner said. “This legislation will prepare America for the next generation of energy technology.”
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