The Biden administration made a renewed push this week for clean energy, invoking the Defense Production Act in an effort to bolster U.S. manufacturing, according to POLITICO Pro (subscription). It is focusing on the expansion of the solar energy sector in addition to grid modernization and critical mineral supply chains.
What’s going on: The president will authorize the Department of Energy to use the DPA to expand U.S. manufacturing of key energy inputs facing supply chain challenges, such as solar-panel components, heat pumps, equipment for making clean fuels and electric infrastructure like transformers.
Our view: “The NAM has been calling on policymakers to prioritize strengthening and diversifying critical mineral supply chains—and especially where we see the looming challenges that many clean energy technologies face,” said NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Rachel Jones.
- “Manufacturers will continue to urge the administration to leverage today’s action to increase domestic production of minerals, including authorizing projects to permit new mines and repurpose old ones, recover resources from waste materials, enhance recycling and innovate around supply constraints.”
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