Legislation

Below are federal bills that ClearPath Action supports.

Click below to dig more into legislation ClearPath has endorsed to provide the necessary federal oversight to spur next-generation nuclear, carbon capture, hydropower and other advanced clean energy technologies.

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Next Generation Pipelines Research and Development Act (H.R. 7073)

The Next Generation Pipelines Research and Development Act shores up U.S. energy security by developing innovative technologies to advance the next generation of pipeline infrastructure.

The Harnessing Energy at Thermal Sources Act (H.R. 7409)

The Harnessing Energy at Thermal Sources Act (HEATS) would allow geothermal projects to provide a state drilling permit for geothermal exploration and production activities for projects located where the federal government owns less than 50 percent of the subsurface estate, in lieu of the requirement to obtain a federal permit.

Innovative Mitigation Partnerships for Asphalt and Concrete Technologies Act (H.R. 7685)

The Innovative Mitigation Partnerships for Asphalt and Concrete Technologies Act (IMPACT) strengthens the competitiveness of American manufacturing by starting a dedicated Department of Energy program to drive RD&D for cement, concrete and asphalt emissions reductions.

Geothermal Energy Optimization (GEO) Act (S. 3954)

The Geothermal Energy Optimization Act would amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to create a geothermal categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for projects on federal land.

Atomic Energy Advancement Act (H.R. 6544)

The Atomic Energy Advancement Act combines 11 House bills, which aim to advance the benefits of nuclear energy by enabling efficient, timely and predictable licensing, regulation and deployment of nuclear energy technologies.

Geothermal Amendments to Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R. 6474)

H.R. 6474 would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to include geothermal as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The categorical exclusion is currently afforded to the oil and gas industry for exploration and development.

Efficient Nuclear Licensing Hearings Act (H.R. 6464)

The Efficient Nuclear Licensing Hearings Act would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by removing duplicative processes and procedures.

The Concrete and Asphalt Innovation Act (CAIA) of 2023 (S. 3439)

The Concrete and Asphalt Innovation Act (CAIA) of 2023 strengthens the competitiveness of American manufacturing by developing technologies to reduce emissions of cement, concrete, and asphalt production.

CREATE Act (S. 2002)

The Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act of 2023 establishes the Interagency Group on Large-Scale Carbon Management in the National Science and Technology Council and a Federal Carbon Removal Initiative.

Community and Hydropower Improvement Act (S. 1521)

The Community and Hydropower Improvement Act would bolster the development and deployment of hydropower throughout the U.S. by streamlining the licensing process, increasing stakeholder engagement, expediting low-impact projects, and coordinating federal decision making.

Nuclear Fuel Security Act (S. 452 & H.R. 1086)

The Nuclear Fuel Security Act provides the framework for expeditiously eliminating U.S. reliance on foreign adversaries for nuclear fuel imports through domestic nuclear fuel production and ally collaboration.

ADVANCE Act (S. 1111)

The Accelerating Deployment of Versatile Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act of 2023 provides a variety of procedures and programs to reinforce and revive the U.S. nuclear energy sector and global nuclear leadership.

Mining Regulatory Clarity Act (S. 661 & H.R. 2925)

The Mining Regulatory Clarity Act clarifies that a mining claim includes exploration and extraction activities for related activities on some public lands.

Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act (H.R. 4045)

The Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act would expand clean, renewable, and affordable hydropower, by focusing on innovation and licensing efficiencies. The act also seeks to improve coordination and decision making among relevant stakeholders.

Hydrogen For Ports Act 2023 (S. 647)

The Hydrogen for Ports Act would support the demonstration of hydrogen and ammonia fueled equipment at ports and for shipping applications.

Hydrogen Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (S. 649 & H.R. 7200)

The Hydrogen Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (HIFIA) would create a pilot financing program to provide grants and flexible, low-interest loans for retrofitted or new hydrogen transport infrastructure, storage projects, and refueling stations.

Hydrogen For Industry Act 2023 (S. 646)

The Hydrogen for Industry Act would support commercial-scale demonstration projects for end-use industrial applications of hydrogen, including in the production of steel, cement, glass, and chemicals.

Clean Energy Demonstration Transparency Act of 2023 (H.R. 1069)

The Clean Energy Demonstration Transparency Act of 2023 would amend the bipartisan Infrastructure Bipartisan Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to include more rigorous reporting requirements to Congress for federally funded demonstration programs.

International Nuclear Energy Financing Act of 2023 (H.R. 806)

The International Nuclear Energy Financing Act directs senior U.S. officials at the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to take actions in support of financing for global nuclear energy projects deployment.

Carbon Utilization Parity Act (S. 542 & H.R. 1262)

The Carbon Utilization Parity Act increases the Section 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and utilization to match incentives for carbon capture and sequestration for both direct air capture (DAC) and the power and industrial sectors.

Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Agriculture Act of 2023 (S. 834 & H.R. 2385)

The Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Agriculture Act of 2023 would reauthorize and reprioritize the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AGARDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s version of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) and the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to support high-risk, high-reward, and long term research.

Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act of 2023 (S. 1576)

The Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act (CREST) expands the scope and competitiveness of American carbon dioxide removal (CDR) by developing solutions to remove carbon dioxide already in our atmosphere and launches a first-of-a-kind pilot program to incentivize competition and bring the best solutions to market.

The Biochar Research Network Act (S. 732 & H.R. 1645)

The Biochar Research Network Act facilitates research to enhance efficient production and use of biochar to increase crop productivity, support rural communities, and sequester carbon.

International Nuclear Energy Act (S. 826 & H.R. 2938)

The International Nuclear Energy Act sets a national strategic plan for the U.S. to promote engagement with ally partner nations. The bill develops a strong civil nuclear export strategy to compete against China and Russia.

The Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1)

ClearPath Action proudly supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. This legislation would unleash American energy, lower costs, and get clean American energy produced sooner, while protecting the safety and environmental concerns of our communities. The bill is a comprehensive bill to modernize the permitting process for energy deployment

International Nuclear Energy Act (S. 4046)

The International Nuclear Energy Act sets a national strategic plan for the U.S. to promote engagement with ally partner nations. The bill develops a strong civil nuclear export strategy to compete against China and Russia, and establishes a domestic uranium supply and reserve that will increase American energy security.

Fission for the Future Act (S. 3428 & H.R. 7360)

The Fission for the Future Act would drive the deployment of advanced nuclear reactors, particularly in communities with retiring or closed fossil fuel power plants.

Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act of 2022 (S. 4420)

The Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act (CREST) expands the scope and competitiveness of American carbon dioxide removal (CDR) by developing solutions to remove carbon dioxide already in our atmosphere and launches a first-of-a-kind pilot program to incentivize competition and bring the best solutions to market.

Critical Minerals Classification Improvement Act (H.R. 8045)

The Critical Minerals Classification Improvement Act removes the exclusion of fuel minerals from the definition of critical minerals, so critical minerals that have fuel uses – like uranium – can be included.

Advancing Clean Hydrogen Deployment Act (H.R. 5965)

The Advancing Clean Hydrogen Deployment Act establishes a pilot program through the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management in consultation with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to demonstrate a variety of new end-uses for hydrogen.

Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2021 (S.2475 & H.R. 4720)

Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act would update the energy portion of the tax code by allowing cutting-edge technologies to gain commercial viability and upend the status quo without distorting the free market.

American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (S. 2373)

The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act is a broad bill that establishes multiple programs supporting both currently operating nuclear reactors as well as the next generation of reactor technologies.

Nuclear Power Purchase Agreements Act (H.R. 4834)

The Nuclear Power Purchase Agreements Act would allow the Secretary of Energy to enter into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with new nuclear power plants in order to provide around-the-clock clean electricity to federal facilities.

Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act (S. 2324)

The Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act aims to create a more efficient project review process, spur economic development, and create good-paying jobs.

The Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction Act of 2021 (H.R. 4599)

The Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction (SUPER) Act of 2021 strengthens the competitiveness of American manufacturing by developing technologies to reduce emissions of conventional steelmaking.

The Department of Energy Science for the Future Act (H.R. 3593)

The Department of Energy Science for the Future Act would support important federal research facilities and activities that enable clean energy technologies.

The Carbon Capture Improvement Act (S. 1829 & H.R. 4408)

The Carbon Capture Improvement Act authorizes the use of tax-exempt private activity bonds to help finance the purchase of carbon capture equipment at power plants, industrial facilities, and direct air capture facilities.

The Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful Emissions Act (H.R. 3538 & S. 2230)

The Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful Emissions Act (CATCH Act) modifies the existing section 45Q tax credit, a federal credit that rewards qualifying facilities for using carbon capture technologies. The bill increases the credit value and eliminates the minimum capture eligibility requirements.

Building U.S. Infrastructure Through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act (H.R. 2515)

The Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act aims to create a more efficient project review process, reduce project costs, spur economic development, and create good-paying jobs.

To Increase and Expand the Credit for Carbon Oxide Sequestration (H.R. 2633)

Representative Schweikert’s bill modifies the existing section of the 45Q tax credit, a federal credit that rewards qualifying facilities for using carbon capture technologies. The bill increases the credit value, reduces the minimum capture eligibility requirements, and extends the duration of the credit. This legislation significantly enhances the federal carbon capture credit, increasing the relevance of carbon capture to more domestic industries, technologies and developers.

One Federal Decision Act (H.R. 1812)

The One Federal Decision Act proposes to streamline the federal permitting and environmental review process for major projects.

The Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act of 2021 (H.R. 1588)

The Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act modernizes the federal hydropower licensing process and promotes next-generation hydropower projects.

Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 1684 & S. 627)

The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act would establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage used at businesses or homes. This will help make energy storage technologies more affordable while working to make a cleaner and more reliable grid.

Clean Hydrogen Innovation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1788)

The Clean Hydrogen Innovation Act of 2021 modifies existing statute for the Loan Program Office (LPO) to expand the types of clean hydrogen projects that qualify for low interest grants.

Strengthening American Nuclear Competitiveness Act (H.R. 1748)

The Strengthening American Nuclear Competitiveness Act would streamline the export of U.S. nuclear energy technologies, improving the American civilian nuclear industry’s competitiveness in global markets.

Advanced Nuclear Deployment Act (H.R. 1746)

The Advanced Nuclear Deployment Act would facilitate more efficient licensing reviews by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and enable long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to allow the federal government to procure round-the-clock clean electricity and accelerate the deployment of nuclear technologies.

Financing Our Energy Future Act (S. 1034)

The Financing Our Energy Future Act makes a tax-advantaged structure available to more types of clean energy projects.

Carbon Capture Modernization Act (S. 661 & H.R. 1760)

The Carbon Capture Modernization Act is a companion to other financing efforts to dramatically spur more deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies at coal and natural gas generation and other industrial facilities.

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2021 (S. 986)

The Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Tax Credit Amendments Act modifies the existing 45Q and 48A tax credits, which are federal credits that reward qualifying facilities for using carbon capture and direct air capture technologies.

SCALE Act (H.R. 1992 & S. 799)

The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act establishes programs to support the buildout of infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized or securely sequestered underground.

ACCESS 45Q Act (H.R. 1062)

The ACCESS 45Q Act modifies the existing section of the 45Q tax credit, a federal credit that rewards qualifying facilities for using carbon capture technologies.

Modernize Nuclear Reactor Environmental Reviews Act (H.R. 1559)

The Modernize Nuclear Reactor Environmental Reviews Act directs the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to consider how to conduct more efficient environmental reviews.

Nuclear Licensing Efficiency Act (H.R. 1578)

The Nuclear Licensing Efficiency Act would streamline regulatory reviews to support the deployment of new nuclear technologies by directing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to set specific review timelines and incorporate previously performed environmental reviews when available.

American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act of 2020 (H.R. 7061)

The American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act of 2020 provides a framework to expand critical minerals security in the US by improving domestic critical minerals capabilities. The bill does this through expanded resource assessment, streamlined permitting, and research and development (R&D) on advanced critical minerals development strategies and technologies.

An Increased Credit for Direct Air Capture and Other Purposes (H.R. 5883)

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an increased credit for carbon oxide sequestration for direct air capture facilities, and for other purposes.

Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019 (ESIC) (H.R. 5523)

The Energy Sector Innovation Credit creates tax incentives for breakthrough power generation and storage technologies across the clean energy spectrum. The bill would establish a single incentive system for promising new power technologies.

Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act (H.R. 4026 & S. 2270)

Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act will help remove barriers for geothermal activities on federal lands by streamlining the discovery and permitting process.

License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act of 2019 (H.R. 2248 & S.1155)

License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act eliminates bureaucratic restrictions on liquified natural gas exports.

Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 (H.R. 2699)

The bipartisan Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act would authorize privately owned interim storage options in the short-term as requested by stakeholders living near shut down nuclear plants.

Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019 (S. 1234)

This bill would create a new nuclear waste administration body to have politically independent control over nuclear waste management, similar to what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is for nuclear safety and security.

Energizing Technology Transfer Act (H.R. 8273)

The Energizing Technology Transfer Act improves the ability to pursue entrepreneurship opportunities at national labs and to commercialize the research breakthroughs the U.S. achieves.

ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 4091 & S. 2714)

ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 extends the authorization of the Advance Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) at the Department of Energy (DOE) to 2024.

Integrated Energy Systems Act (S. 2702 & H.R. 7247)

The Integrated Energy Systems Act would establish a program to develop energy systems that can incorporate nuclear power plants with other sources of electricity to maximize the output of all low-emissions technologies.

Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2020 (H.R. 6097)

The Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act focuses nuclear energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs around key issues that benefit both the current fleet of light-water reactors and future fleet of advanced reactors.

Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) (S. 903 & H.R. 3306)

Modernizing our nuclear sector is vital to ensuring that our electric grid has plenty of zero-carbon flexible power. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act takes necessary action to achieve these goals.

LEADING Act (H.R. 3828 & S. 1685)

The Launching Energy Advancement through Innovations in Natural Gas (LEADING Act) directs the Department of Energy to conduct critical carbon capture research and development for natural gas power plant applications.

EFFECT Act (S. 1201)

The Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology Act (EFFECT Act) provides the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy with new resources and tools to develop clean technologies.

Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act (H.R. 2986 & S. 1602)

The BEST Act will reorient the federal grid scale storage research, development, and demonstration program around ambitious technology goals necessary to facilitate important breakthroughs for grid of the future.

Advancing Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act (AGILE) of 2019 (S. 2657)

Advancing Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act (AGILE) of 2019 is meant to encourage innovation to advance geothermal research and development.

Low-Dose Radiation Act of 2019 (H.R. 4733)

This bill directs the Department of Energy to expand federal radiation research by establishing a basic research program into low-dose and low dose-rate radiation, aka radiation less than 100 millisieverts and 5 millisieverts per hour, respectively.

Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act of 2019 (H.R. 5374)

Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act of 2019 would catalyze the DOE’s geothermal research research, development, and demonstration programs to facilitate technological breakthroughs needed to unlock the United States’ immense geothermal potential.

Fossil Energy R&D Act (H.R. 3607)

The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act (FE R&D Act) provides new programmatic direction for the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization (RIVER) Act (H.R. 3361)

H.R. 3361 amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize the Hydroelectric Incentive Program, which provides funding for retrofitting dams with hydroelectric generating capabilities as well as the Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Program.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act (H.R. 1480)

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act facilitates research, education and implementation of combined heat and power (CHP) technology.

Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act (H.R. 1760)

Modernizing our nuclear sector is vital to ensuring that our electric grid has plenty of zero-carbon flexible power. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act takes necessary action to achieve these goals.

USE IT Act (S. 383 & H.R. 1166)

The bill builds on the bipartisan FUTURE Act, which was signed into law and expands and extends the key 45Q carbon capture tax incentive. It would further support carbon capture technologies through public-private partnerships, permitting improvements and innovative R&D.

Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act (H.R. 3358)

Nuclear has long been the nation’s leading clean baseload source of power but faces challenges in the development and use of small modular reactors and other technologies that produce less waste and are more economically viable to manufacture.

Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017 (H.R. 431 & S. 97)

NEICA authorizes the development of a versatile neutron source for advanced reactor testing and directs the Department of Energy to prioritize partnering with private innovators to test and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor concepts.

Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act (H.R. 589)

Directs the Department of Energy to begin planning for a fast neutron source and provides for computational modeling support necessary for advanced nuclear engineering and ensures that the private sector will have access to existing national labs’ resources.

Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA) (S. 512)

Directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a technology-inclusive licensing plan that promotes safety without being prescriptive, while modifying the cost-recovery mechanism so utilities aren’t on the hook for other companies’ technologies.

Promoting Conduit Hydropower Facilities Act (H.R. 2786)

Cuts federal reviews of small conduit (or energy-recovery) hydropower projects.

Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act (H.R. 2880)

H.R. 2880 would streamline the federal licensing process for pumped storage hydropower facilities.

Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Non-Powered Dams Act (H.R. 2872 & S. 2655)

H.R. 2872 and S. 2655E establish a streamlined environmental review process for qualifying non-powered dam projects.

Carbon Capture Act (H.R. 3761)/Future Act (S. 1535)

H.R. 3761 and S. 1535 extend and expand the Section 45Q tax incentive for projects that capture and store carbon from coal and natural gas power plants and other facilities.

Modify Advanced Nuclear Credit (H.R. 1551 & S. 666)

Modify the 45(j) production tax credit to remove the 2021 deadline for new reactors to be placed in service and allow public-private partnerships more flexibility to utilize the credit.