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Largest in Decade Energy Innovation Plan Gets Into Spending Bill

Dec. 21, 2020, 8:20 PM

Lawmakers plan to beef up innovation, research, and efficiency programs across the energy sector for the first time in more than a decade with a broad energy bill that will move through Congress along with the $1.4 trillion year-end spending package.

The energy bill would authorize $35 billion in appropriations for clean energy research and development over the next 5 years, including calling for greater investment in electric vehicles. It would also advance nuclear fuel availability and research; renewable energy and storage; grid modernization; carbon management and removal—including direct air capture and storage; as well as critical minerals.

Senate consideration ...