On July 11, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) introduced the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013. The Smart Grid Advancement Act will move forward the development of a more efficient electrical grid. The bill tasks states and utility entities with establishing goals for reducing electrical use during peak times through the use of smart grid technologies.
Congressman McNerney is the only renewable energy expert in Congress and sits on the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce.
"In order to better utilize our energy resources, we must become more efficient and transition to lower carbon energy systems. Making necessary investments in the nation’s Smart Grid is one way to facilitate this transition," said Rep. McNerney. "If we take action now, Smart Grid will create family-wage jobs, produce real economic benefits, increase energy efficiency, and allow for renewable energy technologies to be more easily integrated into our system."
"Increasing the use of Smart Grid technologies will help reduce use when demand for power is at its highest. That, in turn, will help save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Rep. McNerney.
The Smart Grid Advancement Act will also improve the Energy Star Program – an initiative that gives consumers the tools to purchase energy efficient and cost-saving appliances. Currently, the program labels commonly used appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators, with information about their energy efficiency. The Smart Grid Advancement Act will better integrate smart grid features into the Energy Star Program.
The Smart Grid Advancement Act is cosponsored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.).