H.R. 5640, Electricity Storage Innovation Act

H.R. 5640

Electricity Storage Innovation Act

Date
July 11, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday July 11, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5640, the Electricity Storage Innovation Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5640 was introduced on July 6, 2016 by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and was referred to the Committee Science, Space and Technology, which ordered the bill to be reported, as amended, by voice vote on July 7, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5640 authorizes the Secretary of Energy to undertake a $100 million basic research initiative in chemistry and material sciences for the purpose of advancing electricity storage systems. It further directs the Secretary to leverage existing resources within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and provides guidance regarding how to execute the basic research initiative.

Background

Investments in scientific research and development have yielded tremendous breakthroughs in the field of electricity storage. Technological improvements to electricity storage have myriad implications for commercial, governmental, and personal applications. Investing in this field at the federal level and incentivizing related university research could enable the private sector to develop even more innovative electricity storage technologies. According to the bill sponsor, “innovations leading to advanced, next generation batteries could help bring affordable electric and renewable energy to the market without costly subsidies or mandates.”[1]

In an attempt to prioritize research and development in this field, H.R. 5640 would create and authorize funds for the Electricity Storage Basic Research Initiative within the existing Office of Science. It would further provide focused direction and accountability within EERE to prioritize early stage research that is difficult to undertake in the private sector, thereby allowing companies to utilize research conducted at national labs and universities to pioneer new applications.

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[1] See https://science.house.gov/news/press-releases/committee-approves-energy-innovation-bills-nist-campus-security-bill

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jason Grassie with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.