Battelle Speaker Outlines Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Inflation Reduction Act Opportunities

photo: birdseye view of a power plant

For energy-related companies wondering where and when the spark will arc to move green energy from discussions to actual development, Shawn Bennett says be patient.

Two federal bills: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act, combined will push green energy forward with billions of dollars in loans, grants, tax credits, etc.

“Both (pieces of legislation) are not a silver bullet but will jumpstart the U.S. low-carbon energy future,” according to Bennett, who previously served in a variety of upper echelon energy-related positions in federal, state and private entities.

Bennett currently is the Energy and Resilience Division Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute, a Columbus, Ohio-based private nonprofit applied science/technology development company.

“We are moving forward with a more low-carbon energy future because there is a general consensus between corporate America and the public that we should take on that challenge and limit the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere where we didn’t see that same framework just a decade ago” Bennett added.

Bennett is one of the high-powered executives speaking at the fourth Appalachian Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference, to be held Nov. 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Southpointe. The conference producers are the H2-CCS Network, and Shale Directories.

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIB), $73 billion of roughly $494 billion in the legislation will be used to improve the nation’s power infrastructure. Part of the massive $73 billion to be invested will go toward next generation technologies, like carbon capture (CCS) and clean hydrogen.

“One of the major goals with using hydrogen is the decarbonizing of the U.S. industrial sector,” according to Bennett. “What better place to do that than here in the Appalachian Basin.”

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