Lofgren Wildfire Prevention & Power Shutoff Assistance Provisions Advance in Science Committee

February 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Grid Security Research and Development Act, H.R. 5760, which included provisions from U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) to help prevent wildfires, support Californians during public safety power shutoff events and establish a grid technology workforce program.

“Over the last few years, millions of Californians have either been directly impacted by devastating fires or experienced disruptive power outages thanks to outdated electricity infrastructure. Today, the Science Committee, thanks to the leadership of Chairwoman Johnson, rightfully advanced measures to help ensure power service predictability while providing emergency resources, like backup power, for Californians and all Americans,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “Plus, with a technology workforce program and new research initiative to investigate how the electric grid itself plays a role in starting wildfires, this bill helps grow and protect local economies.”

The Lofgren wildfire amendment:

  • provides for the analysis and assessment of public safety power shutoff events under the grants program;
  • provides for technical assistance to states and other covered entities to standardize and coordinate data for the purposes of promoting resilience and wildfire prevention in the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of transmission infrastructure;
  • provides for technical assistance to states and other covered entities to predict the likelihood of extreme weather events and their impact on transmission infrastructure;
  • provides for technical assistance to states and other covered entities to establish backup power for users or facilities affected by public safety power shutoff events; and
  • establishes a workforce program for grid resilience technology.

Click here for the full text of the Lofgren wildfire amendment.

This amendment was offered on Rep. Lofgren’s behalf by Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09).

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