House Passes Deutch Hydrokinetic Energy Amendment
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Deutch (FL-21) to the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015.
The Deutch Amendment promotes the research, development, and demonstration of technologies that harness the energy generated by America's oceans. It also reauthorizes the Department of Energy’s marine and hydrokinetic energy programs. Marine and hydrokinetic energy is renewable, home-grown, and emissions-free.
Florida is home to over 1,250 miles of coastline, already generating billions of dollars in tourism revenue and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs for Florida’s economy. Deutch’s amendment supports innovative research underway at places like the Southeast Marine Renewable Energy Center, Florida Atlantic University’s nationally-renowned marine-energy research institute. Further development of blue energy resources can play a major role in the creation of domestic engineering and manufacturing jobs.
Deutch is a member of the House Oceans Caucus and the original sponsor of the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2015.
A copy of H.R. 8, including the Deutch amendment, is available here.