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Today the Senate passed an energy bill that U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said would modernize the U.S. energy policies relating to efficiency, infrastructure, supply and accountability.  Enzi applauded the bipartisan legislation as common ground that both sides agree are needed.

“This bill is the first significant update to our nation’s energy policies in eight years. The provisions in the bill would help modernize and strengthen our energy policies for the 21st century,” Enzi said. “Wyoming and other communities are hurting right now because of the Administration’s continuous regulatory attacks, but a thriving energy sector can help provide the stability this nation needs to grow and prosper.”

The Energy Policy Modernization Act would increase the export of liquefied natural gas, modernize the permitting and extraction of critical minerals, many of which exist in abundance in Wyoming, along with modernizing electrical grids and ensuring their long-term functionality and reliability.

The energy bill also included an amendment cosponsored by Enzi that would look to advance the development of carbon capture and sequestration technology. Introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, the amendment would affirm a federal commitment to carbon capture utilization and storage and implement a study of the benefits of federal contracting authority for carbon capture utilization and storage price stabilization.

The Senate passed the bill, 85-12. The House has already passed a similar bill and now both the House and Senate will take up the bill in conference.