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Rep. McNerney Leads Bipartisan Call for Grid Modernization

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – In an effort to encourage forwarding-thinking initiatives that will ensure America’s future includes an affordable and secure electric system, Congressmen Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and Bob Latta (OH-05) have introduced a resolution 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.

“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.”

“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.” 

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.

This resolution also recieved support from the GridWise Alliance.

"The GridWise Alliance commends Representatives McNerney and Latta, the Co-chairs of the House Grid Innovation Caucus, for having introduced this Resolution expressing the `sense of the House of Representatives regarding grid modernization.' This legislation establishes a national policy that sets a clear and ambitious `vision' that will facilitate the modernization of the electric grid and thereby help achieve greater reliability, resilience, and security, as well as consumer engagement," stated Steve Hauser, CEO of the GridWise Alliance. "Across the country electric utilities of all types and sizes are facing tremendous pressures to modernize their systems. This legislation lays the foundation for energy and grid modernization infrastructure legislation that we hope will be forthcoming. It is critical that Congress continue to provide leadership on these critical issues. We are pleased to support the bill that is being introduced today."  

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.