EEI and Other Industry Groups Applaud Signing of Historic Infrastructure Bill

Posted on November 16, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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Energy industry groups hailed the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure and investment bill, which was signed into law Monday by President Joe Biden.

The bill includes $65 billion to upgrade the grid and electricity infrastructure, as well as $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, $65 billion for broadband infrastructure , $21 billion for environmental cleanup, and $50 billion for protection from severe weather and extreme weather events.

“On behalf of America’s investor-owned electric utilities, EEI commends Congress for passing a broad, bipartisan infrastructure bill that will make significant investments in critical energy infrastructure and new carbon-free technologies that our industry needs. needs to deliver a 100% clean energy future to the customers and communities we serve,” said Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn. electric vehicle charging infrastructure and low/zero emission buses that will help accelerate the electrification of the transportation sector, which is currently the largest carbon emitter in the US economy.

Kuhn added that investments in middle mile broadband infrastructure will help bridge the digital divide for underserved and unserved areas.

“Signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a crucial step in our country’s efforts to address the necessary progress in our infrastructure, particularly our electricity grid and electric vehicle charging networks. . We support the fundamental efforts of this bill and recognize that the hard work begins now,” said Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “As the investments provided for in the Act are deployed, we must ensure that they better prepare us to fight climate change. We need to combine investments in transport and electric vehicle charging with equally important investments in the distribution system. We must continue to evolve our regulatory structures and business models alongside the deployment of new technologies. And we must ensure that these investments result in an equitable energy transition, providing all Americans with safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.

Arshad Mansoor, CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), said the energy industry has a critical role in a clean energy future, and this bill will help it achieve that.

“It is making historic investments to help build electric vehicles and grid infrastructure, to ensure greater reliability and resilience, and to drive essential R&D for hydrogen, nuclear and other clean energy sources. The electric sector will play a critical role in achieving the U.S. government’s climate goals, as many sectors of the economy, including transportation, buildings, and industry, will achieve significant carbon emissions reductions through electrification and other low-carbon energy strategies where the power sector will also have an important role to play,” Mansoor said.

Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, applauded the passage of the bill, which she called long overdue.

“The American Clean Power Association congratulates President Biden and bipartisan congressional leaders for making a historic and long overdue investment in America’s infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a major victory for Americans who will make unprecedented investments to modernize and improve the country’s electricity grid and will provide consumers with more opportunities to receive reliable, carbon-free electricity across the country An overwhelming majority of voters – 93% – believe clean energy is important to the country’s energy future, and bipartisan support for this legislation is a powerful example of what we can do for America’s clean energy when our leaders come together,” Zichal said.

The association also supports the adoption of the Build Back Better Act (BBBA).

“The Build Back Better Act will make critical investments in expanding the clean energy economy, growing jobs, opportunities and investments in communities across America, while helping to protect our environment. and meet emission reduction targets,” added Zichal.

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