Environment & Energy Report

House Science Panel Advances Bipartisan Battery Storage Bill (1)

Feb. 12, 2020, 4:55 PMUpdated: Feb. 12, 2020, 7:05 PM

A House committee advanced a bill that would direct the Energy Department to boost its research on batteries and other energy storage for utilities to better handle increased wind and solar power.

The Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST Act) (H.R. 2986) was advanced by voice vote on Wednesday after the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved three amendments, also by voice vote. Those included an amendment making technical changes offered by the House bill’s author, Rep. Bill Foster...

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