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House Passes Mucarsel-Powell's New Legislation to Research and Develop More Affordable, Storm Resilient Electrical Infrastructure

Press Release

Date: Sept. 25, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Energy

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, voted to pass crucial legislation that would modernize America's energy system. The package includes her provision to invest in research and development for the undergrounding of powerlines to make the process more affordable and increase reliance, lifespan, and safety.

Utilities across Florida are working to underground power lines, but the process is expensive. Mucarsel-Powell's amendment will help maintain affordability for rate payers and works to improve resiliency of powerlines and ability to withstand effects of weather and flooding.

"When Hurricane Irma hit our community two years ago, much of South Florida was left in the dark due to downed powerlines. And this year, we faced one of the most active hurricane seasons of the decade. Undergrounding our powerlines would make all the difference, especially as more and more storms hit South Florida and natural disasters hit different parts of the country," said Mucarsel-Powell. "We must continue to find solutions like those offered in this legislation to create stronger, safer communities and move towards a low-carbon future."

H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, makes long-overdue reforms to U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. It passed in a bipartisan vote on the floor. A fact sheet on the bill can be found HERE.