Augusta Free Press

Kaine applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012), which will bolster energy efficiency, renewable energy and land conservation across the nation. It is the first comprehensive energy bill since 2007.

“I was proud to support this bipartisan energy bill, both for its good substance and for the good-faith bipartisan process that led to its passage today,” Kaine said. “I was pleased to have sponsored several provisions of the bill including the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. I also appreciated the support of my colleagues in including other amendments of mine in the final bill text. Democrats and Republicans were able to put aside the areas where they disagree and instead find common ground on commonsense ideas that both sides support. I hope this outbreak of cooperation in the Senate will become a regular occurrence in the future.”

The Energy Policy Modernization Act implements cost-saving and pollution-reducing energy efficiency incentives for data centers, residential buildings, schools, federal buildings, consumer appliances, vehicles and advanced manufacturing.

It authorizes Department of Energy grants to cover career skills training programs that help students earn industry certifications for installation of energy-efficient equipment. It gives the Department of Energy emergency authority to protect the bulk power system from cyber threats and to respond quickly in the event of a cyber breach.

It also reauthorizes the America COMPETES high tech science and energy research programs, such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Kaine sponsored several original bills that were included the final legislation passed today and advocated strongly for the following issues addressed by this bill:

In addition to sponsoring several original bills whose texts were included in the final bill, the Senate also adopted four Virginia-specific Kaine amendments as part of the final bill package: