Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act
To establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs, and for other purposes.
Summary of Selected Provisions
- Provides the first-ever full authorization of the DOE Office of Science, establishing statutory direction for its primary research program offices and other major programs such as Energy Innovation Hubs and Energy Frontier Research Centers.
- Many provisions derive from the “North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016,” a major energy policy bill that came close to passing during the 114th Congress.
- Directs DOE to continue identifying opportunities to conduct and support crosscutting R&D, demonstration, and commercialization efforts.
- Authorizes research initiatives in solar fuels and electricity storage, and re-establishes the low-dose radiation research program.