Today, America has the most advanced energy system in the world. A steady supply of reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean power and fuels underpins every facet of our nation’s economy. But the U.S. energy landscape is changing dramatically, with important implications for the vast networks of pipelines, wires, waterways, railroads, storage systems, and other facilities that form the backbone of America’s energy system. That’s why today, the Obama administration released the initial installment of the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a four-year cycle of moving-spotlight assessments that will provide a roadmap for U.S. energy policy going forward. The first installment of the QER focuses on needs and opportunities for modernizing the nation’s energy transmission, storage, and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure — including the range of vulnerabilities and challenges to posed by climate change, the evolving energy mix, aging components and systems, workforce needs, and more. The report proposes specific recommendations and investments to replace, expand, and modernize infrastructure where needed, with the goal of ensuring continued economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. In remarks today in Philadelphia to announce the release, the Vice President said, “We need a 21st century energy infrastructure — and this report offers a roadmap on how to do that.” read more

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Keeping America’s Energy System on the Cutting Edge