President Biden was serious when he told the American people, “help is here.” That help arrived during the 100 days since the new administration leapt into action, introducing historic legislation with the American Rescue Plan that provides immediate relief the country needs to get back on track and the American Jobs Plan that makes critical investments to secure our future.
During the past three months, help arrived in the form of a plan to beat the COVID-19 pandemic by ramping up vaccination efforts and providing small businesses with the money they need to keep their doors open. It's tax credits to help lift children out of poverty. It’s lower premiums to make health care more affordable. It’s a swift response to the climate crisis by re-joining the Paris Climate Accord. It’s new legislation to invest in America’s infrastructure and empower our workers to lead the clean energy revolution.
We built on this momentum at the Department of Energy to usher in change that promotes and protects communities in every corner of the country. Under Secretary Granholm’s leadership, these past 100 days were filled with supporting innovative solutions to fight climate change, and announcing research and development investments to advance greener technologies. They were spent working toward a more equitable society and making sure no worker is left behind in the transition to clean energy. The list is a long one, but here are just a few things the DOE's tackled in such a short time.
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- Improving energy efficiency standards – We took steps to remove the red tape that makes it harder to advance new energy efficiency rules and products which will keep more money in Americans’ wallets and protect the environment. Removing these roadblocks will help us build back better – all while tackling the climate crisis and creating jobs.
- Cutting costs of solar energy – Secretary Granholm and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy last month announced $128 million in funding to lower costs, improve performance and speed the deployment of solar energy technologies. The Department also announced a new goal to cut the current cost of solar energy by more than half by 2030 to help increase solar deployment in the United States.
- Electrifying America with wind – The DOE and the White House announced a new ambitious goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. This effort will generate electricity for more than 10 million homes, cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and support about 77,000 jobs in the industry and surrounding areas.
- Empowering coal and power plant communities – The Department committed $109.5 million in funding this month for projects that directly support job creation in communities impacted by changes in the energy economy – the first step in a government-wide initiative launched by President Biden during his first week in office as the White House Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, housed within DOE, to boost the economic potential of these areas.
- Supporting the economy: The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that technology transfers from Sandia National Laboratories, to private industries, academia and other federal agencies resulted in an economic impact of more than $95 billion over the past two decades and supported about 21,000 jobs a year during that same timeframe.
But this doesn’t even scratch the surface of all that we accomplished in this short period.
One-hundred days down – one cleaner, brighter future to go.