Democratic bills pile up to bolster the electric grid

By Kelsey Brugger | 04/22/2024 06:08 AM EDT

House and Senate Democrats are looking to craft a formula on permitting and trasnmission that can attract GOP support.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in March. Her new bill would emphasize grid reliability. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

Democrats last week introduced a slate of transmission bills at a time when the party is trying to emphasize the importance of improving grid “reliability” — long a Republican buzzword.

The bills come as Democrats continue to pursue a deal with Republicans on permitting and transmission. Though informal talks continue in the Senate, there has not yet been a breakthrough.

On Thursday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced S. 4190, the “Expediting Generator Interconnection Procedures Act,” which seeks to improve the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s “interconnection” process to try to make more energy options available.


“By speeding up the slow and outdated process of connecting new projects to the grid, my bicameral legislation will lower energy costs for Nevada families and make our grids more reliable,” Cortez Masto said.