Storage bill leads Science subcommittee markup

Source: By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019

The three bills add to the growing list of bipartisan legislation moved out of the committee to expand and increase funding for Department of Energy clean energy research in an effort to help combat climate change.

The storage bill, H.R. 2986, from Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), would direct DOE to establish a dedicated research program for grid-scale energy storage.

That legislation would set a funding authorization level of $60 million a year for the next four fiscal years.

The bill would enable up to five demonstration projects to move forward as well as direct DOE to develop a 10-year strategic plan and cost targets for grid-scale energy storage systems, similar to the cost reductions outlined in the SunShot Initiative that reduced the price of deploying solar power.

The markup agenda will also feature legislation, H.R. 5374, from Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and ranking member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) to boost geothermal as a way to better unlock a technology DOE said this year has the potential for a massive increase in deployment over the next three decades.

Rounding out the committee action is a bill, H.R. 5428, from Energy Subcommittee Chairman Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) that would bolster DOE research into grid modernization efforts.