Following QER’s Findings, Committee Leaders Want to Work Together to Modernize U.S. Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement following the administration’s release of the first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) focusing on energy transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.

“The QER’s findings underscore the urgent need to update our nation’s energy policy and modernize our energy infrastructure. The current energy policy written in a time of scarcity just isn’t cutting it in today’s era of abundance. While we share our differences with this administration regarding energy policy, when it comes to the transmission, storage, and distribution of our resources, we can all agree that targeted changes to our laws and policies are necessary. We need a modern and resilient energy infrastructure that will meet tomorrow’s energy challenges. We are reviewing the administration’s full recommendations, but we have already found areas of common ground where we will work together. We are setting out to build the Architecture of Abundance, and we welcome any willing partners to join us.”

Earlier this year, the committee released a framework of its Architecture of Abundance energy legislation, which will focus on four policy areas: modernizing infrastructure, a 21st century energy workforce, energy diplomacy for a changing world, and efficiency and accountability.

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