In recent decades, our nation has experienced a true energy renaissance. We’ve seen increased deployment of renewable energy, including wind, solar, and hydropower, and new technology has allowed us to grow our oil and gas development. Here in Illinois, we’ve continued to lead the nation in producing clean, reliable nuclear power.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have gained firsthand experience in the energy issues facing our nation, such as integrating new energy sources into the grid, increasing the resiliency of our power supply, keeping a secure and affordable supply of electricity to power our homes and businesses, and more.
The Sixteenth District is a perfect of example of what it means to have an ‘all of the above’ energy approach. This area is home to four nuclear power plants, hydropower plants, ethanol and biodiesel plants, and wind, solar, and storage facilities. In Congress, I support this ‘all of the above’ approach to energy and will work to replicate it on a national scale through an efficient and comprehensive national energy policy.
The Sixteenth District is home to four nuclear power plants located in Bryon, Braidwood, Dresden, and LaSalle. These plants employ thousands of hardworking men and women and provide clean, efficient, and reliable power to our homes and businesses. I believe nuclear power is vital not only because it supports good jobs and strong communities, but also because having a strong civilian nuclear sector allows us to maintain our global leadership on imperative issues like nuclear nonproliferation and safety. I’ll continue to be a vocal advocate for our current fleet of nuclear plants and for the next generation of nuclear power:
· Bipartisan legislation to streamline the fees charged by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase the predictability, transparency, and efficiency of the regulatory process
Chicago Sun-Times: Why nuclear energy is the future in Illinois and globally
· Passed the House with my support of May 10, 2018
· Ensures the federal government keeps our commitment to permanently and safely dispose of spent nuclear fuel
Since 2013, I have served as an Honorary Board Member for the Alliance to Save Energy, an organization focused on using energy more productively to grow our economy, improve our environment, and increase our energy security. I’ve been proud to work on several initiatives to support energy efficiency including:
Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Service Contracts
As Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Energy Savings Performance Contract Caucus, I’m a strong support of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) which facilitate public-private partnerships to make improvements to the energy and water efficiency of federal buildings. I’ve introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 723, the Energy Saving Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017, to support these common-sense ways to save energy and taxpayer dollars.
I’m a strong supporter of Energy Star, the voluntary program that empowers consumers to make informed choices and save money on their utility bills. This program has helped American families save nearly $430 billion since it began in 1992 and I personally lead an effort amongst my House colleagues to show strong bipartisan support for the program.