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Joint Long-Term Storage Act of 2020

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02/13/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5905 

To require the Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative 
focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, 
including a joint program to be established in consultation with the 
Secretary of Defense, and for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 
Mr. PAPPAS (for himself, Mr. SCHWEIKERT, and Ms. SHERRILL) introduced 

the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 
for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case 
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
committee concerned 

A BILL 
To require the Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstra-

tion initiative focused on the development of long-dura-
tion energy storage technologies, including a joint pro-
gram to be established in consultation with the Secretary 
of Defense, and for other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Joint Long-Term Stor-4

age Act of 2020’’. 5

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SEC. 2. PURPOSES. 1

The purposes of this Act are— 2

(1) to facilitate the development of long-dura-3

tion energy storage technologies; 4

(2) to increase the commercial viability of long- 5

duration energy storage technologies; and 6

(3) to increase the energy resilience and energy 7

security and national security of the United States 8

through the use of long-duration energy storage 9

technologies. 10

SEC. 3. LONG-DURATION ENERGY STORAGE DEMONSTRA-11

TION INITIATIVE. 12

(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: 13

(1) DIRECTOR OF ARPA–E.—The term ‘‘Direc-14

tor of ARPA–E’’ means the Secretary of Energy, 15

acting through the Director of the Advanced Re-16

search Projects Agency–Energy. 17

(2) DIRECTOR OF ESTCP.—The term ‘‘Director 18

of ESTCP’’ means the Secretary of Defense, acting 19

through the Director of the Environmental Security 20

Technology Certification Program of the Depart-21

ment of Defense. 22

(3) DIRECTORS.—The term ‘‘Directors’’ means 23

the Director of ARPA–E and the Director of 24

ESTCP, acting jointly. 25

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(4) INITIATIVE.—The term ‘‘Initiative’’ means 1

the demonstration initiative established under sub-2

section (b). 3

(5) JOINT PROGRAM.—The term ‘‘Joint Pro-4

gram’’ means the joint program established under 5

subsection (f). 6

(b) ESTABLISHMENT.—Not later than 200 days after 7

the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of ARPA– 8

E shall establish a demonstration initiative composed of 9

demonstration projects focused on the development of 10

long-duration energy storage technologies. 11

(c) GOALS.—The goals of the Initiative shall be— 12

(1) to demonstrate the potential benefits of 13

long-duration energy storage to— 14

(A) the resilience of the electricity grid, in-15

cluding the security of critical infrastructure; 16

and 17

(B) efficient use of the electricity grid 18

through— 19

(i) peak load reduction; or 20

(ii) avoided investments in traditional 21

grid infrastructure; 22

(2) to increase the commercial viability of long- 23

duration energy storage technologies; 24

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(3)(A) to identify the range of services that 1

long-duration energy storage technologies can pro-2

vide to the electricity grid; and 3

(B) to the maximum extent practicable, to 4

quantify the value of those services; 5

(4) to investigate challenges to the greater de-6

ployment of long-duration energy storage tech-7

nologies; 8

(5) to identify and develop a range of tech-9

nology types; and 10

(6) to improve the integration of energy storage 11

and the grid. 12

(d) SELECTION OF PROJECTS.—To the maximum ex-13

tent practicable, in selecting demonstration projects to 14

participate in the Initiative, the Director of ARPA–E 15

shall— 16

(1) ensure a range of technology types; 17

(2) ensure regional diversity among projects, in-18

cluding appropriate representation of rural areas; 19

(3) consider microgrid, islanded, or off-grid ap-20

plications; and 21

(4) ensure that any project selected is designed 22

to achieve one or more of the goals described in sub-23

section (c). 24

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(e) COOPERATION WITH ELECTRIC UTILITIES.—A 1

demonstration project selected to participate in the Initia-2

tive may be carried out in cooperation with the electric 3

utility that owns the grid facilities in the electricity control 4

area in which the demonstration project is carried out. 5

(f) JOINT PROGRAM.— 6

(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—As part of the Initia-7

tive, the Director of ARPA–E, in consultation with 8

the Director of ESTCP, shall establish within the 9

Department of Energy a joint program to carry out 10

projects— 11

(A) to demonstrate promising long-dura-12

tion energy storage technologies at different 13

scales; and 14

(B) to help new, innovative long-duration 15

energy storage technologies become commer-16

cially viable. 17

(2) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.—Not 18

later than 200 days after the date of enactment of 19

this Act, the Director of ARPA–E shall enter into 20

a memorandum of understanding with the Director 21

of ESTCP to jointly administer the Joint Program. 22

(3) INFRASTRUCTURE.—In carrying out the 23

Joint Program, the Directors shall— 24

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(A) use existing test-bed infrastructure 1

at— 2

(i) Department of Energy facilities; 3

and 4

(ii) Department of Defense installa-5

tions; and 6

(B) develop new infrastructure for identi-7

fied projects, if appropriate. 8

(4) GOALS AND METRICS.—The Directors shall 9

develop goals and metrics for technological progress 10

under the Joint Program consistent with energy re-11

silience and energy security policies. 12

(5) SELECTION OF PROJECTS.— 13

(A) IN GENERAL.—To the maximum ex-14

tent practicable, in selecting projects to partici-15

pate in the Joint Program, the Directors 16

shall— 17

(i) ensure that projects are carried 18

out under conditions that represent a vari-19

ety of environments with different physical 20

conditions and market constraints; and 21

(ii) ensure an appropriate balance 22

of— 23

(I) larger, higher-cost projects; 24

and 25

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(II) smaller, lower-cost projects. 1

(B) PRIORITY.—In carrying out the Joint 2

Program, the Directors shall give priority to 3

demonstration projects that— 4

(i) make available to the public key 5

engineering and field data that will accel-6

erate deployment of long-duration energy 7

storage technologies; and 8

(ii) will be carried out in the field. 9

(6) STATES AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES.— 10

In carrying out the Joint Program, the Directors 11

shall encourage— 12

(A) States to become laboratories of inno-13

vation in the development of long-duration en-14

ergy storage technologies; and 15

(B) collaboration between participants in 16

the Joint Program, States, and other appro-17

priate private sector entities. 18

(g) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There 19

are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Initia-20

tive— 21

(1) $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2021; 22

(2) $40,000,000 for fiscal year 2022; and 23

(3) $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 24

through 2025. 25

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SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE 1

DAYS PROGRAM OF THE ADVANCED RE-2

SEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY–ENERGY. 3

Section 5012(o) of the America COMPETES Act (42 4

U.S.C. 16538(o)) is amended— 5

(1) in paragraph (2)— 6

(A) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) 7

through (E) as clauses (i) through (v), respec-8

tively, and indenting appropriately; 9

(B) by striking the paragraph designation 10

and heading and all that follows through ‘‘para-11

graphs (4) and (5)’’ in the matter preceding 12

clause (i) (as so redesignated) and inserting the 13

following: 14

‘‘(2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.— 15

‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraph 16

(4)’’; and 17

(C) by inserting after clause (v) (as so re-18

designated) the following: 19

‘‘(B) DAYS PROGRAM.—There is author-20

ized to be appropriated to carry out the Dura-21

tion Addition to electricitY Storage program 22

(also known as the ‘DAYS program’) of ARPA– 23

E $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 24

through 2024.’’; and 25

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(2) in paragraph (4), in the matter preceding 1

subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘paragraph (2)’’ and 2

inserting ‘‘paragraph (2)(A)’’. 3

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Long-duration energy storage demonstration initiative(a)DefinitionsIn this section:(1)Director of ARPA–EThe term Director of ARPA–E means the Secretary of Energy, acting through the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy

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(g)Authorization of appropriationsThere are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Initiative—(1)$20,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;(2)$40,000,000 for fiscal year 2022; and(3)$60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2025

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Department of Defense
(2)Director of ESTCPThe term Director of ESTCP means the Secretary of Defense, acting through the Director of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program of the Department of Defense


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