Join the Electrification Caucus

Rewiring America applauds the formation of the bicameral Electrification Caucus, a group of Congressional leaders from both chambers who recognize the importance of electrification in growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs, reducing our pollution, creating healthier indoor environments, and saving American families money. The Caucus is co-chaired by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY 20), and Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL 14). Committed to advancing policies that support the widespread electrification of our economy, the Caucus will focus on:

  • Consumer rebates, consumer-facing tax credits, and financing mechanisms
  • Workforce training
  • Justice and equity issues related to electrification
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Building codes
  • Grid improvements and expanding transmission
  • Upstream incentives to spur U.S. manufacturing
  • Transition of electric sector to clean energy
  • Incentives to encourage electrification of industrial processes and facilities

The Electrification Caucus will be crucial for legislation and federal action on electrification. If tackling the climate crisis is important to you, reach out to your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to join the Caucus.

To learn more about the Electrification Caucus, please visit the Electrification Caucus website by Co-Chair Senator Heinrich.

Caucus Co-Chairs

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich
    Sen. Martin Heinrich

    D-NM

  • Sen. Tina Smith
    Sen. Tina Smith

    D-MN

  • Rep. Paul Tonko
    Rep. Paul Tonko

    D-NY-20

  • Rep. Kathy Castor
    Rep. Kathy Castor

    D-FL-14

Senate Caucus Members

  • Sen. Richard Durbin
    Sen. Richard Durbin

    D-IL

  • Sen. John Hickenlooper
    Sen. John Hickenlooper

    D-CO

  • Sen. Angus King
    Sen. Angus King

    I-ME

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar

    D-MN

  • Sen. Edward Markey
    Sen. Edward Markey

    D-MA

  • Sen. Jeffrey Merkley
    Sen. Jeffrey Merkley

    D-OR

  • Sen. Brian Schatz
    Sen. Brian Schatz

    D-HI

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    D-MA

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

    D-RI

House Caucus Members

  • Rep. Nanette Barragan
    Rep. Nanette Barragan

    D-CA-44

  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer

    D-OR-03

  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

    D-OR-01

  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield
    Rep. G.K. Butterfield

    D-NC-01

  • Rep. Sean Casten
    Rep. Sean Casten

    D-IL-06

  • Rep. Yvette Clarke
    Rep. Yvette Clarke

    D-NY-09

  • Rep. Sharice Davids
    Rep. Sharice Davids

    D-KS-03

  • Rep. Deborah Dingell
    Rep. Deborah Dingell

    D-MI-12

  • Rep. Veronica Escobar
    Rep. Veronica Escobar

    D-TX-16

Quotes

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich
    Sen. Martin Heinrich

    D-New Mexico

    “Electrifying our homes and businesses is one of the surest climate actions that we can take right now. We can create millions of new jobs, reduce our energy bills, and improve air quality and public health,” said Heinrich. “This is a way to use already existing, proven technologies to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, create millions of new, good-paying jobs, and secure a better, more equitable future for our communities.”

    Heinrich added, “We must seize this opportunity by adopting policies to accelerate the electrification of households, buildings, and businesses in the United States. To power these new electrified machines, and to meet our carbon emission goals, America must also modernize our electricity grid, build much more clean energy generation, and continue on the path towards decarbonizing the entire electricity sector by 2035.”

  • Sen. Tina Smith
    Sen. Tina Smith

    D-Minnesota

    “We’re pushing on both the supply side of power and on the demand side of power and what that means in terms of building American supply chains, not only for clean power supply like solar and battery storage, but also what we can do on the demand side with electrifying buildings and heating and cooling and appliances,” Smith said. “I think that’s tremendously exciting and transformative in the long term.”

  • Rep. Paul Tonko
    Rep. Paul Tonko

    D-New York

    “Electrifying our buildings and vehicles will not only prove vital in our fight to combat the climate crisis, but also offers untapped opportunities to improve energy efficiency, spur innovation and provide all Americans with better, cleaner alternatives. Now is the time for Congress to take bold steps towards electrification in order to help Americans save on their energy bills while breathing cleaner air. I will continue pushing for this action to meet our climate goals and pave a path towards a clean energy economy.”

  • Rep. Kathy Castor
    Rep. Kathy Castor

    D-Florida

    "All Americans deserve to live in homes that are good for their health, their pocketbooks, and the environment," said Castor. "This bill [the Zero-Emission Homes Act] will help millions of families switch to cleaner electric appliances and save money on their utility bills, while also putting Americans to work in every hometown across the country. Additionally, it will help us solve the climate crisis, make progress reducing pollution, and target cost-savings to our neighbors who really need it."

Activity

News

Press Releases

  • Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Climate Action, Investments In Widespread Electrification In President's 2023 Budget Proposal
    Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Climate Action, Investments In Widespread Electrification In President's 2023 Budget Proposal

    Mar 22, 2022

    Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Climate Action, Investments In Widespread Electrification In President's 2023 Budget Proposal

    “We reiterate our strong commitment to taking bold action on climate change. As Co-Chairs of the first bicameral Congressional Electrification Caucus, we are urging President Biden to prioritize investing in widespread electrification, including making electrification for American households easy and affordable.”

  • Senator Heinrich: We Need to Act on Climate And Electrify For Peace
    Senator Heinrich: We Need to Act on Climate And Electrify For Peace

    Mar 16, 2022

    Senator Heinrich: We Need to Act on Climate And Electrify For Peace

    “We need to get the Senate back to the table to pass necessary and substantial investments in clean energy generation, in transmission, and in home and vehicle electrification. We can’t waste this opportunity that is still right there for us to seize. Ramping up our deployment of clean energy and our adoption of fossil fuel-free appliances is a national security issue. And it has become a global security imperative.”

  • Senator Heinrich Statement on Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet Decision
    Senator Heinrich Statement on Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet Decision

    February 24, 2022

    Heinrich Statement on Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet Decision

    “The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to not replace its fleet with electric vehicles is a glaring mistake. Our transportation sector is a leading contributor to the climate crisis. By choosing gas-powered vehicles, Postmaster General DeJoy is effectively locking in 25 years or more of USPS gasoline consumption and carbon pollution. This decision will also result in a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Clean and zero-emission vehicles are the future of transportation.”

  • Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Call for Action on Electrification Measures to Lower Costs for American Families, Create Jobs, Combat Climate Crisis
    Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Call for Action on Electrification Measures to Lower Costs for American Families, Create Jobs, Combat Climate Crisis

    February 17, 2022

    Electrification Caucus Co-Chairs Call for Action on Electrification Measures to Lower Costs for American Families, Create Jobs, Combat Climate Crisis

    “The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to not replace its fleet with electric vehicles is a glaring mistake. Our transportation sector is a leading contributor to the climate crisis. By choosing gas-powered vehicles, Postmaster General DeJoy is effectively locking in 25 years or more of USPS gasoline consumption and carbon pollution. This decision will also result in a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Clean and zero-emission vehicles are the future of transportation.”

  • U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces Major Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging for Minnesota
    U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces Major Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging for Minnesota

    February 11, 2022

    U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces Major Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging for Minnesota

    “The fact is, the switch to electric vehicles in happening around the world; EV sales have more than doubled over the past year,” Smith said.“If America is serious about leading the electric vehicle revolution, we must ensure charging is accessible to all Americans. I’m thrilled to announce this historic investment, which will help Minnesota and the rest of the country accelerate our transition towards a clean energy future and help drivers across the country save money and go the distance.”