House Energy Seeks a Smarter Pathway to Clean Energy in Recent Hearing

Feb 22, 2021

by ASME.org

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy recently held a hearing exploring the future of clean energy. Clean Energy is a key priority for both congress and the new administration, with President Biden issuing an Executive Order to revitalize and fortify the American clean energy industry within his first month of assuming his role of President.
 
The Committee’s hearing, titled “A Smarter Investment: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future” explored what the future of clean energy will look like while hearing from a panel of esteemed speakers representing academia, local government and the private energy sector. While this has been a topic of conversation in previous congresses, the importance President Biden’s administration has placed on clean energy has given it renewed vigor within public discourse. Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush noted this previous engagement in his opening remarks:
 
 “This year we are in pursuit of complementary policies that will increase our overall transmission capacity to support energy security, advance electric vehicle charging, drive diversity and inclusion, and increase clean energy usage via strategies, like a clean electricity standard.”
 
The Energy Act of 2020 was lauded for its aggressive, forward looking approach to, and cited frequently as a good start to identifying sustainable clean energy solutions. However, a recurring theme amongst the panel of speakers was that this legislation is just the beginning. In conjunction with mitigating the impact of climate change, establishing more sustainable sources of energy and implementing infrastructure that will support this new clean energy priority were discussed. Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, surmised the day’s events by stating, “…energy efficiency should be the starting point in the conversation about an equitable clean energy transition.”
 
To view the event in full, click here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-a-smarter-investment-pathways-to-a-clean-energy-future.

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