The US House of Representatives has passed a US$1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal that will see the country’s power infrastructure modernised to support new renewables projects.
Following a months-long standoff between Democrats, the legislation passed 228-206 at the end of last week, and it now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden, who hailed it as a “once-in-a-generation” bill that “will make historic and significant strides that take on the climate crisis”.
The bill includes the largest investment in clean energy transmission and the grid in American history, according to a statement from the White House, which said the legislation will upgrade power infrastructure by building thousands of miles of new transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewables, while lowering costs.
It will also fund new programmes to support the development and deployment of “cutting-edge clean energy technologies” to accelerate the US’ transition to a zero-emission economy.
In a response to the bill’s passage, Biden said: “We will get America off the sidelines on manufacturing solar panels, wind farms, batteries, and electric vehicles to grow these supply chains, reward companies for paying good wages and for sourcing their materials from here in the United States”.
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