Rep. Curtis introduces energy storage bill

Dec 17, 2019, 8:06 PM
john curtis us-china relationship...
FILE: Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah. Photo: Silas Walker

WASHINGTON D.C. – Technology that creates electricity from solar power or wind has improved dramatically over the past decade, but, one lawmaker says the technology to store that electricity hasn’t kept up.  He’s calling on the federal government to help companies find better power storage options.

Despite all of the improvements in solar technology, there is still one big problem… the sun.

Rocky Mountain Power VP of Government Affairs Jon Cox says, “Solar [production] peaks in the middle of the day, but energy consumption doesn’t peak until six or seven p.m.”

While an individual homeowner can store electricity in their battery packs, Cox says it’s very different if you’re talking about massive amounts of energy created from solar farms.

“There’s no good way to store that electricity in the middle of the day,” Cox says.

Third District Representative John Curtis is introducing the INVEST Act, or H.R. 5409, which his office says will create incentives for companies that can find better ways to store the power that would otherwise go to waste.

“Hopefully, in time, you’d find technology that could store it from one day to another in some longer term storage.  Today, the technology isn’t that great, or it’s quite expensive,” Cox says.

Of course, there will always be environmental impacts with any kind energy usage.  However, Cox says, “The carbon footprint of these types of generation sources is significantly less than traditional thermal generation.”

Curtis’ office issued a statement saying H.R. 5409 would allow utility companies to make significant investments to their solar storage fleets, and provide a 30 percent tax credit for owners of stand-alone energy storage.

Today’s Top Stories


The Air Force is set to unveil the newest stealth bomber aircraft on Dec. 2. Photo credit: Northrop...
Haley Britzky and Ellie Kaufman, CNN

Air Force unveils newest stealth bomber aircraft

The newest stealth bomber was unveiled on Friday in California.
4 days ago
space radio...
Elizabeth Weiler

USU making history with a radio entering the lunar orbit

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University has successfully sent a radio, created by Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory into the orbit of earth’s moon.  The deep space radio is named Iris, after the Greek mythological goddess, daughter of Thaumas and Electra and messenger of the gods. The radio made its way into the orbit via a CubeSat […]
6 days ago
In this image provided by NASA, the Earth and its moon are seen from NASA's Orion spacecraft on Mon...
Jackie Wattles, CNN

NASA’s Orion reaches record-breaking distance from Earth

NASA confirmed that Orion had reached the midpoint of its uncrewed mission around the moon — about 270,000 miles (434,523 kilometers) from Earth.
7 days ago
Former US President Donald Trump's Twitter account has been reinstated on the platform....
Clare Duffy and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Elon Musk restores Donald Trump’s Twitter account

Former US President Donald Trump's Twitter account has been reinstated on the platform.
17 days ago
With employees with the company, the future of Twitter is in uncertain. Photo credit: Justin Sulliv...
Oliver Darcy, CNN Business

Inside Twitter as ‘mass exodus’ of staffers throws platform’s future into uncertainty

With employees leaving the company, the future of Twitter is uncertain.
18 days ago
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen on Nov. 12 at NASA...
Jackie Wattles, CNN

Historic moon mission troubleshoots fuel leak issue hours before launch

The Artemis I mission to the moon could finally take place this week.
21 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Rep. Curtis introduces energy storage bill