Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Samantha.Warren@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor H.R. 5610, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act

Endorsing organizations: The Energy Storage Association, Bipartisan Policy Center Action, Natural Resources Defense Council, and ClearPath Action 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor
H.R. 5610
, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, legislation that would result in storage technology that can be produced by U.S. businesses and meet market cost and capacity demands.

One of the biggest challenges to greater incorporation of new energy sources into the power grid is the lack of cost-competitive grid-scale storage solutions. Intermittent energy sources, a growing source of jobs throughout the county, cannot reach their
potential without commercially viable storage facilities.

While the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued grants to pursue better battery storage, funding has been too dispersed to produce the breakthroughs needed to transform our electricity grid. Public-private partnerships are needed to rapidly develop this
technology and prove that it can be commercially viable before more aggressive foreign state-backed enterprises step in first to unlock what will become a major disruptive technology and multi-trillion dollar industry.

The BEST act directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a “moon shot” goal of three demonstrations of grid-scale battery storage that will meet aggressive commercialization targets for cost, performance, and durability. This concept is modeled after the
success of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, which brought down the cost of solar energy by 75% in less than five years.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the US Senate by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and was considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee late last year.

If you would like to become a cosponsor of the BEST act, or have any questions, please contact Adam Brooks in the office of Rep. Knight at
adam.brooks@mail.house.gov (x5-1236) or Samantha Warren in the office of Rep. Foster at
Samantha.warren@mail.house.gov (x5-3515).

Sincerely,

 

Rep. Steve Knight                                                        Rep. Bill Foster

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, Science

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 5610
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