Reform includes legislation authored by Senator Baldwin Wisconsin energy leaders praise Baldwin’s bipartisan provisions included in bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which cleared the Senate today by a vote of 85-12. The comprehensive legislation addresses issues of energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, accountability, and land conservation. The reform package includes multiple provisions authored and supported by Senator Baldwin.
“In order for America to succeed and create new opportunities for growth, we need to move to a clean energy economy,” said Senator Baldwin. “The bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act updates our energy laws to do more for energy efficiency and innovative research programs, while strengthening one of the world’s most successful conservation programs, and ensuring our nation’s long lasting commitment to stewardship. I was proud to champion several bipartisan reforms included today as we work to power a Made in Wisconsin economy for generations to come.”
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Included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 were several provisions championed by Senator Baldwin:
- The bipartisan ExaSCALE Computing Leadership Act of 2015, which will enable the Department of Energy to invest in the next generation of supercomputers and create research partnerships between universities and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national labs to develop and build two exascale supercomputers. This provision sets a goal of having a computer system that has reached “exascale” – a measure of speed that is beyond any other system in the world – by 2023. Cray, Inc. has been building the world’s leading supercomputers for decades at their Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin facility, and will be competing to develop and build this next generation. Currently, these computers are expected to be in the development phase until at least 2018.
- The Land and Water Conservation Act, which permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a highly-successful federal program dedicated to the continued conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks that expired last year on September 30. The Historic Preservation Fund, which assists communities in preserving their cultural heritage, is also permeant reauthorized. Senator Baldwin has long been a strong champion of the LWCF and the Wisconsin conservation projects funded by the program.
- The bipartisan Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability (NEWS) Act, which will advance federal efforts to address energy-water nexus issues through the creation of a new energy-water nexus program office and the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability (NEWS) committee, led by DOE and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This will help the federal government build stronger partnerships with leaders in this work, such as The Water Council and the Midwest Energy Research Consortium.
- The Water Efficiency Innovation Act, which will help communities and businesses save energy costs and reduce their pollution, as well as address water quality issues in groundwater, lakes and rivers. Authored by Senator Baldwin, the Water Efficiency Innovation Act allows DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) to provide their technical assessment services to water and wastewater facilities, including systems that treat municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste.
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