Committee to weigh growing energy needs of AI, crypto

By Kelsey Brugger | 06/03/2024 06:23 AM EDT

Energy used for data centers and technologies like artificial intelligence is expected to double.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security, will hold a hearing this week on technology's growing power needs. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the colossal energy demands of the world’s hottest technology: artificial intelligence.

The Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security will explore the huge uptick in energy resources that AI and other emerging technologies require.

Leaders also want to ensure “American technological leadership” at a time when the issue is at the center of global competition among the world’s superpowers.


“Few technologies have been more disruptive in recent years than artificial intelligence,” said Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).