2016: The Year for Bipartisan Energy Policy?
An energy bill to update the country’s power grid and oil and gas transportation systems is before the U.S. Senate—and it has support from both Democrats and Republicans. If you’re keeping count, it’s been 11 years (2007) since the last major energy law, according to the New York Times. The proposed bill has “wins” for both parties. It would require electrical grid operators to install new, large-scale storage systems for renewable power. It would also require the Energy Department to speed up permitting for terminals to be built to export U.S. natural gas. Despite its calculated balancing of opposing interests, let’s hope it becomes law and creates a baseline for a more comprehensive national energy policy.
John Howell, Editorial Director