Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bobby Rush (1st District of Illinois)
Sep 9, 2019
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019 (H.R. 2114). The bill, originally introduced by U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), reauthorizes the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and provides much-needed funding and assistance to State Energy Offices to plan for, and respond to, energy disruptions from both physical and cyber threats. The bill passed by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority in Congress.
“This bill is critically important to our nation’s energy security and I am immensely pleased to see it pass through the House with overwhelming and bipartisan support.
“When faced with a natural disaster or cyber-attack that could upend a State’s energy infrastructure, States must be prepared to respond in a timely matter or risk further disrupting their energy supply. This bill ensures that State Energy Offices that receive federal dollars will not only be prepared for such emergencies but will also take steps to mitigate the risk of possible energy supply disruptions.
“Securing the nation’s power grid is about more than simply keeping the lights on. It’s about making sure hospitals in my district can still operate when faced with a potential black out, or that students aren’t left in the dark because their State did not have a proper energy security plan.”
H.R. 2114 improves the security of our fuel and electric infrastructure by requiring states to maintain a State Energy Security Plan as a condition for receiving funding under the plan. The bill achieves this by requiring the Governor of a State to submit a new plan, revisions to a plan, or to certify that no revisions to the plan are necessary to the Secretary of Energy annually. Additionally, the legislation also increases funding for the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.