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

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.


America’s vast network of pipelines – over three million miles – are the backbone of the U.S. energy and industrial sectors, securely delivering the resources that power our homes, grow our economy, and protect our national security. Today, approximately half of this system is more than 60 years old. As this critical infrastructure continues to age and as new clean energy pathways come online, there is an urgent need to modernize American pipelines for the next generation.
To meet this challenge, the U.S. must invest in a range of advanced technologies that keep many energy products – like LNG, CO2, hydrogen, ammonia, and others – in mind. Federal agencies like the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) require updated policy guidance and funding for research, development, and demonstration activities to ensure the longevity of our energy infrastructure.


As a leader in both energy innovation and fundamental research in advanced computing, materials science, and engineering, DOE plays a central role in these efforts. While DOE has an established history of leadership in pipeline RD&D through its Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, these activities have never been formally authorized. Congressional direction for DOE RD&D in coordination with other agencies like PHMSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is needed to preserve and expand these essential activities.


The Next Generation Pipelines Research and Development Act authorizes new programs at DOE in coordination with PHMSA and NIST, including:
  • DOE Advanced Pipeline Materials and Technologies Demonstration Initiative: Establishes a DOE demonstration initiative to achieve deployment of technologies applicable to pipelines and associated infrastructure and involve the development of next generation pipeline systems, components, and related technologies
  • Joint DOE-DOT-NIST Research and Development Program: Directs DOE, in consultation with DOT and NIST, to establish a joint research and development program to develop cost-effective advanced materials and technologies for pipeline transportation systems at different scales, enable the commercialization of innovative pipeline materials and technologies, support the development of technical standards of innovative pipeline materials and technologies, at a low technology readiness level not pursued by PHMSA.
  • DOE National Pipeline Modernization Center: Establishes a DOE National Pipeline Modernization Center to collaborate with industry and stakeholders to coordinate and carry out research, development, and demonstration projects focused on commercializing cost-effective products and procedures aligned with the goals and priorities set forth by the Department.
  • NIST Pipeline Metrology Program: Directs NIST to carry out a program of measurement research, development, demonstration, and standardization to ensure the integrity of pipeline facilities and support pipeline safety, security, efficiency, sustainability, and resilience.


Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D-CO)


H.R. 7073


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