WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (R-W.Va) secured a number of key energy provisions that were included in the omnibus. The package included the most robust energy policy reforms in more than a decade, including policies to help use coal and natural gas more cleanly and efficiently.
“This bipartisan energy package is a major victory for America’s future. By increasing investments in innovative technologies, we will be able to reduce our carbon emissions, lower energy costs, and export new technologies to countries around the globe,” said McKinley.
“From streamlining permitting of carbon capture projects to increasing efficiency in our turbines, all of these policies will help modernize our energy system,” added McKinley. “Many of these are bills we have pushed for years. It’s clear our persistence has paid off.”
Below is a breakdown of his six energy priorities included:
- The USE IT Act (H.R. 1166), which is a bipartisan, bicameral bill supports the development and demonstration of vital carbon capture and removal technologies by streamlining permitting of CO2 pipelines. McKinley is the lead Republican on the bill with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA).
- The High Efficiency Turbines (H.R. 2659), which requires the Office of Fossil Energy to carry out a research, development, and technology demonstration program to improve the energy efficiency of gas turbines used in electric power generation systems. McKinley has worked with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) on this bill since 2012.
- The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act (H.R. 3607) continues to reauthorize research activities in the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, which operates the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown. It sets priorities for the next generation of clean energy technologies that will help the energy industry continue to flourish in our country.
- The RIVER Act (H.R. 3361) reauthorizes two Department of Energy (DOE) programs that encourages utilizing existing dams for power generation. The RIVER Act passed the House earlier this month.
- The Clean Industrial Technology Act (H.R. 4230), which increases innovation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources and make American companies more competitive in the global economy. McKinley is the lead Republican on the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL).
- The Water Power Research and Development Act (H.R. 6084) strengthens water power programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) and provides funding for research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of marine energy. McKinley is a lead cosponsor of the bill.
Below is a breakdown of funding amounts that McKinley championed in the Omnibus:
- Full funding for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, supporting clean and efficient energy creation at NETL in Morgantown. This also included report language preventing the use of funds to plan, develop, implement, or pursue the consolidation or closure of any of the NETL sites.
- $750 million for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Research and Development. In July, the House initially authorized $727.5 million for this program, and McKinley secured an amendment that increased that amount by $5 million, bumping the total to $732.5 million. After passage from both chambers, total funding for the Office of Fossil Energy Research and Development increased to $750 million.