September 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed a comprehensive clean energy bill that included Rep. Lieu's provision creating a renewable energy system in all U.S. territories. The provision will empower local communities to develop and use renewable energy sources. The amendment, introduced with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), is modeled after Rep. Lieu's Renewable Energy for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Act and creates a grant program for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, smart grids and micro grids projects as well as training local residents. The grants will be awarded to non-profit organizations and the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories may provide technical assistance.

"Renewable energy is the future. We've seen climate change worsen natural disasters around the world and devastate communities,"Rep. Lieu said. "In 2017, after Hurricanes Maria and Irma ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and left thousands without power for weeks, it was evident that we can't wait any longer to invest in sustainable energy. By helping them shift towards renewable clean energy, we believe U.S. territories can be leaders in the United States' renewable energy efforts and help fortify their energy grids in the event of another hurricane or natural disaster. Our amendment is another a step in the right direction towards taking decisive, necessary action on climate change."