New Report Identifies 14 Bills That Should Form the Nucleus of Bipartisan Legislation to Accelerate Clean Energy Innovation

January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, today released a policy briefing identifying 10 priority areas in which 14 bills have already garnered broad bipartisan support in key House or Senate committees and should thus form the nucleus of a bipartisan legislative package to accelerate clean energy innovation in 2020.

“Accelerating innovation across all major energy sectors—from electricity to transportation to industry to buildings—should be a critical objective of federal policy to address climate change,” said ITIF Senior Analyst Colin Cunliff, who authored the briefing. “Congress made a good start in 2019. Now there is an opportunity to package bills that have already passed out of relevant House and Senate committees into a bipartisan energy legislation that gets signed into law this year.”

The 10 priority areas that ITIF has identified do not represent a complete energy innovation agenda. Indeed, there are opportunities in many other areas. But these 10 priorities already have won the support of large bipartisan majorities in committee votes in at least one chamber of Congress, so together they constitute a bipartisan energy package that has a realistic chance of being enacted:

1. ARPA-E Reauthorization (S. 2714 / H.R. 4091)

2. Clean Industrial Technology Act (S. 2300 / H.R. 2986)

3. Better Energy Storage Technology Act (S. 1602 / H.R. 2986)

4. Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (S. 903 / H.R. 3306)

5. Carbon Capture, Utilization, And Storage Legislation

  • LEADING Act (S. 1685 / H.R. 3828)
  • EFFECT Act (S. 1201) and Fossil Energy R&D Act (H.R. 3607)

6. Advanced Renewable Energy Innovation Legislation

  • Geothermal Energy Legislation (S. 2657 / H.R. 5374)
  • Solar Energy R&D Act (S. 2668 / H.R. 3597)
  • Wind Energy R&D Act (S. 2660 / H.R. 3609)
  • Marine Energy R&D Act (S. 1821 / H.R. 3203)

7. Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act (S. 715 / H.R. 1633)

8. Grid Modernization (S. 2332 / H.R. 5428)

9. Vehicle Innovation Act (S. 1085 / H.R. 2170)

10. Technology Transitions Act (S. 2688)

“While committee passage is laudable, the job will not be complete until a full package is approved by both chambers and signed by the president,” said Cunliff. “A vital next step is for congressional leadership to give floor time to energy legislation.”

Read the briefing.