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House Approves 10 Bills on Energy Independence and Infrastructure

Press Release
Jun 12, 2017
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a member of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved 10 bills aimed at improving the nation’s energy efficiency and energy infrastructure.

“Producing more of our energy from low-cost, domestically available, clean sources, is key to securing both America’s energy independence and meeting our goals on climate change,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “The bills we approved today make great steps to create jobs and update America’s energy infrastructure while improving affordability, security, and safety for ratepayers.”
 
“Of particular note, I want to congratulate Congressman Scott Peters on House passage of his HYPE Act to cut red tape on hydroelectric projects. The efforts today represent great bipartisan work on these important issues and I encourage their quick passage by our colleagues in the Senate.”
 
The bills approved by the House today include:
 
H.R. 338, to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce
  • Authored by Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL) and committee member Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), would improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs, with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for women, veterans, and minorities.

H.R. 446, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project and H.R. 447, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), H.R. 446 and 447 would extend the licenses for the Gathright and Flannagan Dams. Construction of the dams would create jobs and provide affordable, and reliable electricity to their respective communities.

H.R. 627, Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017

  • Would make it easier for schools to take advantage of federal programs to help them cut down on energy use.

H.R. 951, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project

  • Would extend the license for the W. Kerr Scott Dam, creating jobs and providing affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

H.R. 1109, to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) would amend the Federal Power Act to expressly include a minimum monetary threshold of $10,000,000 for mergers and acquisitions of facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

H.R. 2122, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam

  •  Authored by Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), H.R. 2122 would authorize FERC to extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of the Jennings Randolph Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

H.R. 2274, HYdropower Permit Extension (HYPE) Act

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), H.R. 2274 would allow FERC to extend permits for construction of hydroelectric projects 

H.R. 2292, to extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam

  • Would extend the license of the Cannonsville Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community. 

H.R. 2457, J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower Extension Act of 2017

  • Would authorize FERC to extend the license of construction for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community. 
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