Senators Introduce Legislation Aiming to Advance Nuclear Hybrid Energy Systems
U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have introduced legislation that aims to promote the research, development, and deployment of nuclear hybrid energy systems. The bill, named the Integrated Energy Systems Act (S. 2702), authorizes an Integrated Energy Systems Program at the Department of Energy in order to promote the development of innovative technologies to improve the economic competitiveness of nuclear power plants, promote grid stability, and reduce carbon emissions in the industrial sector. After introducing the legislation, Senator Risch stated that “nuclear energy holds incredible potential beyond its traditional uses. Its hybrid energy systems and hydrogen production show great promise for keeping our nuclear fleet competitive for years to come…The Idaho National Laboratory continues to be the world leader in nuclear innovation. Their groundbreaking work is enhancing the security of our electric grid and making nuclear power a viable energy source across multiple uses and platforms. This bipartisan legislation will expand upon that great work and I look forward to working with my colleague Sen. Manchin to advance this important piece of legislation.”
Senator Manchin stated “I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan piece of legislation that will lay the groundwork for our energy systems of tomorrow…This legislation will allow for our national labs, including the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, to research, develop, and deploy technologies that will lower electricity costs and leverage advanced and existing nuclear, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, and renewables to be used in the transportation and industrial sector.”
For the bill text, please see here.
Source: Senator Risch
Nominated Energy Secretary Appears Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to consider the nomination of Dan Brouillette to replace Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Secretary Perry has announced that he will step down on December 1. At the hearing, the nominee faced questions on both nuclear power and emissions caused by energy operations. Deputy Secretary Brouillette was “greeted warmly” however, and both parties agreed that they would like to see him confirmed quickly. Brouillette is a former lobbyist at Ford Motor Co. and Louisiana state energy regulator. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA. He has held numerous positions in government, serving as Chief of Staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. He also previously served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2001-2003. Ranking Member of the Senate Energy Committee, Joe Manchin (D-WV) was very supportive of the nominee and stated that “I just want you to know you’re going to have partners with you, we want you to succeed.” Brouillette is expected to be confirmed by first the Senate Energy Committee and then by the full Senate.