U.S. Chamber Letter on Amendments to H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
As you consider H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, which includes the FY18 Legislative Branch, FY18 Energy and Water Development, and FY18 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bills, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to consider the following recommendations.
Under the Rule, H. Res. 473, the Chamber urges you to support the following amendment to Division D:
#67 Gallagher - Despite its increasingly critical importance to future electricity grid management and stability, energy storage currently receives just $20 million of the Department of Energy’s multi-billion dollar research budget. Rapid growth in renewable generation is placing new and growing pressure on grid operations and planning activities, which must ensure reliable and resilient electricity delivery when the wind stops blowing and sun stops shining. The increased resources provided by this amendment would further facilitate technological advances and cost reductions, and further the promise that grid storage holds to help address intermittency challenges posed by renewables and enhance grid stability and resiliency.