Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Representative Rush Praises Release of Department of Energy’s Latest Quadrennial Energy Review, and Will Soon Introduce Legislation Codifying the QER

Jan 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) commended the Department of Energy for releasing its second Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) entitled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System”. This report focuses on increasing economic value and ensuring consumer equity, enabling a clean electricity future and ensuring electricity system reliability, security and resilience.

“This comprehensive report analyzes the challenges and opportunities in modernizing the nation’s electricity sector and updating it for the 21st century. I will soon be introducing legislation to codify the QER and require DOE to systematically provide four-year reviews of the nation’s electric grid. It is imperative that policymakers are provided guidance for protecting the nation’s electricity sector from cyberattack, as well as recommendations and strategies for updating our infrastructure and incorporating new and innovative technologies into the grid. It is my hope that my bill, like the legislation that was introduced last session by Senator Coons of Delaware and Senator Alexander of Tennessee, will attract bipartisan support.”

The first QER was released in 2013 and provided recommendations for federal energy policy objectives, legislative proposals to Congress, Executive actions and potential R&D, financing and incentive programs. The newly released QER 1.2 analyzes trends and issues confronting the Nation’s electricity sector through the year 2040 and examines the electricity supply chain from generation, through transmission and distribution, to end use. The latest report builds on analysis and recommendations in the first installment of the QER, which included electricity as part of an examination of energy transmission, distribution, and storage infrastructures.

The full report and related analyses is available online.