Sponsor:

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Cosponsor:

  • Sen. Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)
  • Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
  • Sen. Cramer, Kevin (R-ND)
  • Sen. Daines, Steve (R-MT)
  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-GA)
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Introduced:

  • 4/11/19

WHAT IT DOES

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. Focus areas include reducing emissions from both coal and natural gas power plants, industrial processes, and direct air capture.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The last time Congress provided direction to the Office of Fossil Energy was more than a decade ago prior to the shale gas revolution, emergence of intermittent renewable energy and other fundamental changes in our energy system. The authorizations and many of its associated programs have since expired. The EFFECT Act provides new programmatic authority within DOE to bring cutting edge technologies to market, by providing targeted support across the research and development spectrum.

SPECIFICS

  • Directs DOE to develop efficiency and environmental performance goals for fossil power plants and industrial sources
  • Authorizes public-private partnerships for basic R&D, pilot and demonstration projects
  • Builds on previous regional work to understand geologic storage of carbon dioxide
  • Establishes a prize competition for technologies that can directly filter carbon emissions from the atmosphere
  • Encourages collaboration with other relevant offices within the Department of Energy

ENDORSEMENTS

  • ClearPath Action
  • Carbon Utilization Research Council
  • Clean Air Task Force
  • Carbon Capture Coalition
  • BPC Action

 

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