On Jan 24, Senate Democrats unveiled “ A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure”, which outlines a plan for investing $1 trillion in modernizing and rebuilding US infrastructure over the next decade, generating up to 15 million jobs. The plan includes federal funding for roads, bridges, highways, public transportation, water/sewer systems and specifically energy systems, including critical infrastructure for cities, communities and industry.
Senator Maria Cantwell, as the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focused on the critical investments in our national energy infrastructure, including upgrading our power grid, integrating smart cities technology, reforming existing tax incentives for renewable energy and protecting against cyber-attacks. These investments will support new energy opportunities that will increase efficiency, protect the environment and bring down consumer costs.
“I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, which…will help save consumers money, grow our economy and create jobs. We are talking about things like transmission lines, grid modernization, grid storage, micro-grid investments and the all-important cybersecurity investments,” said Cantwell during a press conference releasing the blueprint. “We know this kind of infrastructure investment … not only produces great jobs, but also saves money and helps our businesses and homeowners be competitive.”
IDEA recently held a Senate Briefing – “District Energy, CHP, Microgrids: Resilient, Efficient Energy Infrastructure” on Capitol Hill on December 6, 2016 to outline the important resiliency and sustainability advantages of district energy/combined heat & power microgrids for cities, communities and campuses. IDEA is developing a strategy for engagement on this important federal policy initiative.