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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced S. 2702, the Integrated Energy Systems Act, a bill to promote the research, development and deployment of nuclear hybrid energy systems. 

The bill authorizes an Integrated Energy Systems Program at the Department of Energy to promote the development of innovative technologies to improve the economic competitiveness of nuclear power plants, promote grid stability, and reduce carbon emissions in the industrial sector. 

“Nuclear energy holds incredible potential beyond its traditional uses. Its hybrid energy systems and hydrogen production show great promise for keeping our nuclear fleet competitive for years to come,”  said Risch. “The Idaho National Laboratory continues to be the world leader in nuclear innovation. Their groundbreaking work is enhancing the security of our electric grid and making nuclear power a viable energy source across multiple uses and platforms. This bipartisan legislation will expand upon that great work and I look forward to working with my colleague Sen. Manchin to advance this important piece of legislation.” 

“I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan piece of legislation that will lay the groundwork for our energy systems of tomorrow,” said Manchin. “This legislation will allow for our national labs, including the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, to research, develop, and deploy technologies that will lower electricity costs and leverage advanced and existing nuclear, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, and renewables to be used in the transportation and industrial sector.”

To read the bill text, click here.

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