Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that his bipartisan, bicameral Energy Act of 2020 has been included in the year-end appropriations bill.
The Energy Act features consensus provisions from Senator Manchin’s American Energy Innovation Act. It stands to become the first comprehensive update of our nation’s energy policies in 13 years.
“This all-of-the-above energy package is the first comprehensive national energy policy update in 13 years. The Energy Act of 2020 focuses on innovation, rather than elimination, by providing a down payment on the research, development, and demonstration of technologies to ensure that all of our abundant energy sources are used in the cleanest way possible. It also reauthorizes important programs for West Virginia, like the Weatherization Assistance Program, and provides the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV, with new tools and resources to continue their critical mission. This energy package is an important reminder that when we work in a bipartisan way, West Virginians and the American people come out on top,” said Senator Joe Manchin.
The Energy Act is the culmination of years of bipartisan work spearheaded in the Senate by Ranking Member Manchin and Chairman Lisa Murkowski. Under their leadership, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a series of hearings, legislative markups, and bipartisan negotiations over the course of the 116th Congress to shape the focus on this effort and reach consensus on the dozens of individual measures.
In total, 69 senators sponsored or cosponsored provisions included in the Energy Act. All or part of 37 Senate bills are included, including 29 bipartisan bills.
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The full text of the Energy Act can be found here.