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Short Titles - Senate

Short Title(s) as Reported to Senate

BEST Act
Better Energy Storage Technology Act

Short Title(s) as Introduced

BEST Act
Better Energy Storage Technology Act

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend the United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007 to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for grid-scale energy storage systems, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
10/22/2019Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. With written report No. 116-135.
05/22/2019Introduced in Senate

All Actions (5)

Date All Actions
10/22/2019Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 255.
Action By: Senate
10/22/2019Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. With written report No. 116-135.
09/25/2019Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
07/09/2019Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy. Hearings held.
Action By: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy
05/22/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S3062-3063)
Action By: Senate

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Energy and Natural Resources05/22/2019 Referred to
09/25/2019 Markup by
10/22/2019 Reported by S. Rept. 116-135
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy07/09/2019 Hearings by

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Reported to Senate (10/22/2019)

Better Energy Storage Technology Act or the BEST Act

This bill addresses research, development, and demonstration programs relating to energy storage systems.

Among other requirements, the Department of Energy must

  • establish a research, development, and deployment program for energy storage systems, including distributed and transportation energy storage technologies and applications;
  • enter into agreements to carry out at least five demonstration projects and develop a 10-year strategic plan for energy storage systems;
  • establish a competitive grant program to assist certain states and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, utilities, and private energy storage companies carry out demonstration projects for pilot energy storage systems;
  • provide technical and planning assistance to help certain electric cooperatives, political subdivisions of states, nonprofit entities, and utilities procure energy storage systems; and
  • award competitive prizes for advancing the recycling of critical energy storage materials such as lithium and cobalt.