Summary: S.1602 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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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.