CDA Applauds U.S. Senate for Passing Comprehensive Energy Legislation
25 Apr 2016
By Zolaikha Strong, Director of Sustainable Energy for the Copper Development Association
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. CDA has supported this bipartisan bill since its inception, as we understand the importance of the energy policy it would enact. I commend the Senate for passing this comprehensive energy bill that would make important strides in increasing the efficiency and stability of our energy supply.
This energy legislation would establish rebate programs for the energy efficient and sustainable technologies that rely on copper’s reliability, conductivity and durability. The metal’s superior electrical and thermal conductivities increase the efficiency of countless systems that rely on electric motors and transformers. One such program would create rebates to incentivize the replacement of energy inefficient electric motors with high-performance systems that use copper. More efficient transformers, including premium copper-wound units, would also be incentivized.
This legislation has the potential to vastly modernize and improve our electrical grid by supporting more sustainable technologies that use copper to operate longer and at high efficiencies. We must secure our power supply with high-efficiency technologies that result in reliable motors and transformers with lower life-cycle costs.
The Energy Policy Modernization Act would also create research and development programs for energy storage systems that are vital to utilizing renewable energy technology like wind and solar power. It would further promote the development of hybrid micro-grid systems for isolated communities and micro-grid systems to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure. CDA supports these goals and understands how essential it is to advance our electrical grid.
I applaud the Senate for passing this bill, and encourage them to work with the House of Representatives to ensure that these integral sections make it into the final legislation.