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Smarter Energy Infrastructure Powers America

This week, EEI and our member companies join other industries, organizations, and citizens in celebrating National Infrastructure Week, an initiative that highlights the vital importance of infrastructure for our nation’s economy and society.

To ensure that we can meet our customers’ needs, EEI member companies invest more than $100 billion each year to make the energy grid smarter, stronger, cleaner, more dynamic, and more secure; to diversify the nation’s energy mix; and to integrate new technologies that benefit customers. 

These investments are crucial to delivering the energy future that customers want, and they underscore the critical role that electric companies play in the prosperity of every state and community in the nation. As an industry, we support more than 7 million jobs across the country—about 1 out of every 20 jobs. We are responsible for $865 billion of our nation’s GDP—about 5 percent.

Public policies should:

  • ​Promote investment in smarter energy infrastructure to keep energy bills low and predictable for customers.
  • Expedite the process for permitting and siting energy infrastructure.
  • Help to strengthen the energy grid’s resilience against cyber and physical security threats and natural disasters.
  • Support a diverse, domestic energy mix.
  • Increase research and development funding and support for the range of technologies needed to achieve clean energy goals, including energy efficiency, energy storage, renewables, existing and next-generation nuclear, other carbon-free technologies, and carbon capture utilization and storage. 
  • Promote transportation electrification by modernizing federal transportation programs to encourage investments in electric transportation and charging infrastructure. 
  • Promote the development of more robust battery technologies for both electric vehicles and energy storage.

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