June 24, 2021

ESA Statement on Draft Energy Infrastructure Act

U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) Interim CEO Jason Burwen released the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee discussed infrastructure in a hearing on June 24:

“An infrastructure bill that does not include clean energy and storage will fail to address the failings of our power infrastructure,” said ESA Interim CEO Jason Burwen. “The discussion draft of the Energy Infrastructure Act that the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources discussed today proposes power infrastructure investments consistent with ESA’s prior recommendations to Congress–in particular, provisions to stand up a domestic battery energy storage supply chain and fund storage demonstrations & deployments that will create jobs and a more resilient, modernized electric grid. Energy storage is a key solution for our power system to become cleaner and resilient. An infrastructure bill coupled with a storage investment tax credit (ITC) will ensure that energy storage deployments accelerate to keep the lights on in the face of severe weather threats, cyber attacks, and other catastrophic impacts to our country’s electric infrastructure. Addressing the impacts of climate change on our power system must be a core part of any infrastructure legislation, not only to build on the efforts of over 3 million American workers in clean energy, but also to ensure the security and reliability of our 21st-century economy.”


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