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US Seeks Input on How to Use Cold-War Law to Boost Clean Tech

  • Energy Department has new power under Defense Production Act
  • Department seeking to use to boost transformers, solar panels

The US Energy Department is considering ways to boost the domestic production of clean energy technology such as solar panels, transformers and hydrogen fuel cells using the powers of a Cold War-era law once invoked by former President Donald Trump to prop up money-losing coal plants

The agency said in a notice Monday it’s seeking public input on how to use the Defense Production Act to speed up production of technology for grid reliability and clean-energy deployment. President Joe Biden’s administration granted the agency new authority over the summer to use the 1950 law.