* As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, worked with members to craft and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, legislation that will transform our economy for decades to come, while saving the planet in the process. The legislation, passed by the House in June, will create millions of clean energy jobs, reduce our dependence on costly foreign oil, and retool American industry to curb pollution.
* Supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided several important energy provisions, including:
o $4 billion in smart grid initiatives to help implement technologies aimed at transforming how electricity providers operate their systems, offer options for increased energy storage and accelerate the integration of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power;
o $6 billion to accelerate environmental cleanups and create thousands of jobs;
o $3.2 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Programs that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency nationwide; and
o $5 billion for Weatherization Grants that will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades.