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Latta, McNerney Introduce Grid Modernization Resolution

Washington, May 18, 2017 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Tags: Energy
In an effort to encourage forwarding-thinking initiatives that will ensure America’s future includes an affordable and secure electric system, Congressmen Bob Latta (R-OH) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) have introduced a resolution, H.Res. 334, stating that the sense and commitment of the United States House of Representatives is to advance the modernization of the United States’ energy delivery infrastructure.

“It’s time that we prioritize bringing our electric grid into the 21st century by embracing new technology that will deliver energy in a safer, more efficient way,” said Rep. Latta. “This resolution lays out an approach to modernize our aging grid, and ensure that it is secure against dangers posed by severe weather, cyberattacks, and other disruptions. This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and that’s why I’ve partnered with Rep. McNerney to propose a strategy that embraces innovative technology that will improve our grid infrastructure.”
“As technology progresses, and technical demands on the grid increase, Congress needs to address the requirements for an evolving electric grid,” said Rep. McNerney.  “By pursuing innovative modernization strategies, we can be ahead of the curve on improving grid resilience and efficiency while also cutting costs for Americans. With cyber threats on the rise, it’s imperative that we take meaningful steps toward addressing our grid vulnerabilities. I’m proud to co-sponsor this resolution with Rep. Latta to show that America’s leadership in innovation is a goal we all share, no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.”
Congressmen McNerney and Latta co-chair the bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus, which advocates for technological innovation, educates members of Congress, and promotes policies that enhance grid operations. Several policies championed by the caucus have already been signed into law, including the creation of a Strategic Transformer Reserve to aid in utilities’ response to large scale grid disruptions, such as natural disasters, cyber or terrorist attack on the grid.
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