New Minn. senator pushes storage bill

Source: Manuel QuiƱones, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Tina Smith introduced legislation last week that she says would increase the country’s energy storage capabilities.

The “Advancing Grid Storage Act,” S. 3376, would authorize $500 million over five years to better coordinate Department of Energy storage research and fund grants to local governments or private entities.

“Expanding the nation’s energy storage capabilities will not only help expand use of renewables like wind and solar energy but will contribute to our nation’s energy and economic security,” Smith said in a statement.

“This bill will help to significantly improve our nation’s efforts to store energy, and jump start energy storage research and the deployment of energy storage technologies,” she said.

Co-sponsors include Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Angus King (I-Maine).

Broad reform legislation championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), S. 1460, includes a section on storage.

Click here for a summary of Smith’s bill.