Kaptur Energy and Water Bill Would Direct Millions of Dollars in Infrastructure, Project Funding to Northern Ohio

July 16, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after legislation she sponsored, the 2022 Energy and Water Development funding bill, passed the House Appropriations committee. Next, the legislation will be considered by the full House. As Chair of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over appropriations for the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation, Rep. Kaptur crafted the $53.226 billion bill which would deliver critical federal dollars to northern Ohio.

“From millions of dollars in new funding for clean energy technologies, workforce development, and Lake Erie restoration - to an innovative weatherization assistance program that will lower utility bills and keep families safe in their homes - this legislation not only addresses some of our region’s most urgent needs, but prepares us for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Rep. Kaptur. “By investing significant new resources in our energy and water infrastructure - and taking aggressive action to combat, and mitigate the effects of climate change - we will spur revitalization in communities along the Lake Erie shore, and create the good-paying jobs that middle class workers and their families deserve.”

Funding Highlights

Army Corps of Engineers

  • $480 million for the Soo Locks, $356.8 million above previous year.
  • $3.375 million for the City of Lorain’s Environmental Infrastructure project.
  • $500,0000 for the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study.
  • $4.9 million for the Brandon Road Project.
  • $10 million for the Cleveland Harbor.
  • $1.5 million for the Sandusky Harbor.
  • $5.7 million for the Vermilion Harbor.
  • $8 million for harmful algal bloom research and development, $4 million above previous year.
  • $250 million for Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program – with specific funding directed toward Cleveland, OH.

DOE/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • $30 million within Solar Energy Technologies for cadmium telluride, $10 million above previous year.
  • $10 million within Advancing Manufacturing Office for advanced tooling for lightweight automotive components to lead the transition to electric vehicle and mobility solutions.
  • $29 million within Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies for hydrogen/nuclear demonstration projects, $14 million above previous year – the Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Ottawa County, OH is part of current partnership receiving funds.
  • $2.5 million within Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies for perovskite-based hydrogen catalysts – relevant to University of Toledo work.

DOE/Nuclear Energy

  • $10 million for hydrogen/nuclear demonstration projects – the Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Ottawa County, OH is part of current partnership receiving funds.

DOE/Science

  • $30 million for Coastal Ecosystem Research - National Labs partnership with University of Toledo.

DOE/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • $375 million for Weatherization Assistance Program, $65 million above previous year.
  • $20 million for a new Local Government Clean Energy Workforce Program.
  • $100 million for a new Build Back Better Challenge Grants Program.
  • $500 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Office, $104 million above previous year.
  • $530 million for the Vehicle Technologies Office, $130 million above previous year:
    • $5 million for electric vehicle workforce development.
    • $60 million for the Clean Cities Program, $20 million above previous year.
  • $350 million for the Solar Energy Technologies Office, $70 million above previous year:
    • $75 million for photovoltaic technologies, $3 million above previous year.
  • $170 million for the Wind Energy Technologies Office, $60 million above previous year.

The committee report of the bill can be found here.

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For more information contact Chris Dalton at (202) 897-7438 or Chris.Dalton@mail.house.gov.