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McAdams’ solar energy, clean air bills pass in the House

September 24, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Ben McAdams voted today for a bipartisan package that helps to build a clean energy economy, supports job growth, and addresses climate change. The bipartisan bills include two of McAdams’ measures, the Solar Energy Research and Development Act and the Background Ozone Research Study Act. They were included in the Clean Energy and Jobs Innovation Act (H.R. 4447), which passed the House today with bipartisan support.

“Solar energy and air quality solutions are two key parts to a healthy, clean environment,” said Congressman Ben McAdams. “The backbone for sustainable solutions is investing in and expanding our clean energy economy. Utah is a leader in this area, with an innovative solar energy sector and continued focus on efforts to clean the air.”

McAdams says his bipartisan Solar Energy Research and Development Act (H.R. 3597) boosts research, development, and deployment of solar energy technology. Utah is a leader in solar energy with an industry that supports 7,000 jobs and has installed 1.8 megawatts overall of solar-generated power, according to Solar Energy Industries Association. McAdams’ bill ramps up solar research that industry innovators can use to expand the clean energy resource.

The bipartisan Background Ozone Research Study Act (H.R. 4656) will help to clean Utah’s air, specifically targeting ozone, a pollutant that is the primary component of smog. McAdams says his bill directs the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to study and provide actionable steps we can take to reduce ozone pollution.

“A vibrant clean energy economy is good for our health and environment while supporting thousands of Utah jobs,” said McAdams. “By tapping into technology and innovation with scientific research, we can improve our air quality, address the threats of climate change, and grow Utah’s economy.”

The House-passed package also includes measures to develop wind energy technology, improve and modernize grid energy storage systems, and reduce industrial emissions from steel and cement production.