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The Hill: EV leaders want Biden to be more aggressive with Defense Production Act

Posted by Zack Budryk on Apr 3, 2022

The Hill outlined Biden's use of the Defense Production Act, quoting Harry Godfrey and Nat Kreamer expanding its use to encompass battery storage, heat pumps, and more. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Industry figures and environmental groups are urging President Biden to go beyond his initial use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) and seize the opportunity to build out supply chains and infrastructure to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.  

The White House is using the law to promote the domestic production of rare-earth minerals used for electric vehicle (EV) batteries that would otherwise have to be imported from China. The White House announcement on the DPA this week specifically identifies minerals like nickel, lithium, cobalt and graphite...

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Managing Director Harry Godfrey and AEE CEO Nat Kreamer also offered a number of more specific uses they’d like to see for the DPA. These include ramping up the production of polysilicon, which can be used for solar production and next-generation battery storage.  

Equally useful, they said, would be using the DPA for heat pumps and induction cooktops, for both domestic use and to export to Europe, which would reduce the need for Russian energy.  

“With accelerated production these can be deployed within next 9-12 months, so we’re not talking about a multi-year play,” they said in an email.  

Read the full article here.

Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Harrison Godfrey, Nat Kreamer