Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, legislation to modernize U.S. energy policy, make strong investments in clean energy, and create American jobs. It also includes several provisions secured by Congressman Luján to employ the facilities and expertise of National Laboratories to promote innovation and to increase low-income communities’ access to solar energy.
“America must be prepared to chart a path forward from the financial fallout of COVID-19 and put people back to work,” said Luján. “This ambitious energy package dramatically reduces carbon emissions, creates good-paying jobs in New Mexico and across the country, and increases America’s global competitiveness. I was proud to secure the inclusion of several provisions that leverage the power of our National Labs, including Los Alamos and Sandia, to spur innovation and an amendment to ensure that all communities can access clean, affordable solar energy.”
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act includes the following provisions secured by Congressman Luján:
- An amendment based on his bipartisan IMPACT for Energy Act to establish a Department of Energy (DOE)-affiliated non-profit foundation to raise private-sector funds and leverage expertise that supports the research, development, and commercial application of innovative energy technologies.
- An amendment based on his Community Solar Consumer Choice Act to support the growth of solar energy by making community solar – shared, off-site installations that power hundreds or thousands of homes – more accessible to lower-income communities.
- Language based on his Leveraging our National Labs to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders Act to strengthen DOE’s Laboratory Embedded Entrepreneurship Program, which utilizes National Laboratories to train and develop the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
- Language based on his Promoting Small Business Innovation through Partnerships with National Labs Act to allow small businesses and innovators to gain access to premiere facilities at the National Laboratories.