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February 13, 2020

Schweikert, Pappas, and Sherill Introduce Legislation to Strengthen America’s Long-Term Energy Storage Capabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Representatives David Schweikert (AZ-06), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Joint Long-Term Storage Act to bolster our long-term renewable energy storage capabilities and strengthen our national security. This legislation establishes a joint program between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to integrate current federal efforts to develop long-term energy storage technologies. 

This joint program would allow DOD and DOE to build upon each other’s success and reduce bureaucratic barriers hindering advancements in energy storage technology. Long-term energy storage represents a top priority for DOD and DOE because it would allow the storage of excess energy during non-peak hours, increasing grid reliability and reducing our military’s dependence on the transportation of highly flammable fuel. 

“Within the energy space, advances in storage technology are revolutionizing the way we can provide long-duration energy,” said Congressman Schweikert. “We continue to see innovative technologies that benefit both our national security and the environment, and I am pleased to be a part of this effort to further collaboration between the DOD and DOE that have the potential to scale up this technology.”

“Improving our energy storage technology is critical in building a more resilient grid, reducing our carbon footprint, and fully realizing our nation’s renewable energy potential.” said Congressman Pappas. “Developing the ability to better harness this power will also vastly improve our national security by reducing our military’s dependence on foreign fuel sources. This legislation takes a common sense step to better leverage DOD and DOE’s efforts, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to improve America’s energy storage capabilities and national security.” 

“Long-term energy storage is critical,” said Congresswoman Sherrill. “Effective research into long-lasting energy storage can make our energy grid more reliable, decrease the risk that flammable fuels pose to our troops, and make our country safer. This partnership between the Departments of Energy and Defense makes the most of our research dollars and gets us closer to goal of safe, reliable, long-term energy.”

Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Martha McSally (R-AZ).



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