Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support Local Incubators and Electric Vehicle Industry in Clean Energy Bill | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support Local Incubators and Electric Vehicle Industry in Clean Energy Bill

September 24, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in favor of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which makes long-overdue reforms to U.S energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. This legislation promises to usher in a new era in American innovation in Northeast Ohio and across the nation. This bill will help us build out Voltage Valley by establishing a rebate program to facilitate the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment, expanding access to electric vehicles in underserved communities, and encouraging the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in underserved communities. 

As we work to develop cutting-edge manufacturing in the electric vehicle sector, this bill will accelerate domestic manufacturing of batteries, power electronics, and other technologies for use in plug-in vehicles. It will incentivize the use of existing manufacturing facilities that are no longer used, and the bill has a prevailing wage clause which makes sure that workers are paid a fair rate for their work. Additionally, the National Clean Energy Incubator Program will support incubators that accelerate the commercial application of clean energy technologies and will support the commercial application of technologies being developed by clean energy entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.

“As northeastern Ohio moves toward more advanced manufacturing that includes the production of electric vehicles and batteries, this bill will help advance our agenda of being on the forefront of these new technologies,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I am proud to have voted in support of this bipartisan bill, which will combat climate change and ensure that every American has access to reliable and low-cost electricity.” 

 Additional provisions of the bill include:

• Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy by investing in clean energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage systems, and microgrids – all of which build resiliency and are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

• Authorizing over $4 billion for research, development, demonstration, and commercial application (RDD&CA) to advance cutting-edge renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, and water power. 

• Establishing a $20 billion Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance and mobilize private investment in low-carbon technologies and projects. 

• Setting new energy efficiency standards for buildings, which roughly count towards 30% of greenhouse gas pollution, and provides funding for schools, homes, municipal buildings, and manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and deploy energy-efficient technologies. 

• Authorizing grants to local communities to improve energy efficiency, including $500 million for workforce training and $5 billion in rebates for home retrofits. 

• Funding and other measures to modernize the electric grid, such as programs to improve resilience and reliability, enhance cybersecurity, protect critical infrastructure and supply chains, and improve transmission planning. 

• Investing in the technology and infrastructure needed to electrify and substantially reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which is the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. 

• Authorizing over $36 billion for transportation electrification, including through grants and rebates to deploy electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure. 

• Authorizes $650 million to deploy low- and zero-emissions school buses, $375 million for the Clean Cities Coalition Program, and $2.5 billion for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. 

• Establishing new RDD&CA programs to accelerate the deployment of technologies that reduce emissions from the industrial sector, including $500 million in grants for demonstration projects.

• Prioritizing clean energy projects located in low-income and marginalized communities and advances the development of technologies and practices that expand access to clean energy. 

• Establishing a clean energy workforce development program to educate and train the next generation of clean energy researchers, scientists, and professionals, including through grants to eligible businesses. 

• Strong Buy America requirements to ensure any project funded under this bill uses only iron, steel, and manufactured good from the United States. 

• Including strong prevailing wage standards and project labor agreement requirements for any project fully or partially funded under the Act.