House Approves POWER Act (12/9)


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The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 7 passed H.R. 2360, the Providing for Our Workforce and Energy Resources Act (POWER Act).


Introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), the legislation clarifies that offshore wind farms must comply with the same laws as offshore oil and gas production.


“The POWER Act makes an important clarification to ensure wind energy follows the same playbook that has made U.S. offshore oil and gas production such a nationally important, job-creating field,” Landry said in a news release. “The POWER Act provides important certainty so investors can confidently support offshore renewable projects and create new jobs for American offshore workers. I applaud all who joined me in voting for final passage of the bill.”


The same news release included a quote from Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America, who credited Landry and said that if the bill is signed into law, “American workers will have the opportunity to build and operate a new generation of American vessels and offshore renewable energy installations, putting people to work at a time when our economy needs it the most.”


The Congressional Information Bureau noted, “As the offshore wind and solar industry continues to grow, so too will the need for qualified mariners to operate the vessels needed to install, service and maintain the wind turbines and other equipment. If signed into law, the POWER Act will help ensure that those jobs go to American workers.”




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