On February 28, 2020, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced wide-ranging energy legislation that calls for enhanced energy efficiency and technological advancement. SB 2657, entitled the American Energy Innovation Act, is the result of a year of activity in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bipartisan effort could move quickly in the Senate.
Although the bill does not propose a target for emissions reductions, it proposes a number of steps to promote energy efficiency. The bill includes provisions to promote energy storage, advances in renewable resources and improved efficiency in buildings. Additionally, the bill would require the Department of Energy to establish a program focused on coal and natural gas efficiency as well as a carbon sequestration program. The bill also addresses foreign sources for various mineral needs, cybersecurity and grid security.