WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, December 17th, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Sacramento, California to amplify how the historic climate investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda will help lower energy costs, generate good-paying, union jobs and secure a safer and more reliable energy grid for Californians and Americans across the country.
Secretary Granholm was accompanied by U.S. Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-7) and toured the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s POWER training facility to meet the next generation of clean energy workforce.
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Granholm didn’t address the bill’s likelihood of passing the Senate but said it’s essential to making renewable energy more widespread — and reliable. Between the Build Back Better bill and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Biden signed last month, “we will get to the president’s goal of getting 100% of our electricity from clean sources,” she said.
Granholm praised California for being “such a leader” in the adoption of solar. “Whatever California can do to increase the amount of solar ... I applaud them for doing and hopefully making it affordable for people to be able to do that,” Granholm said.
In a press conference following the tour, Granholm reiterated the president's goal of getting to 100% clean electricity by 2035. She said ways to accomplish this include storing solar power with batteries and producing additional jobs in the industry.
"What the Build Back Better act will do is to help partner and pay for [SMUD] apprenticeships like that to give opportunity to people in all pockets of this country," Granholm said.