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Senate passes energy bill to bolster power grid, speed LNG exports

The Senate passed the first major energy bill in nine years on Wednesday, legislation containing modest measures popular with both Republicans and Democrats to modernize the power grid and speed the permitting process for liquefied natural gas exports.

The bill, which passed 85-12, attempts to protect the power grid from extreme weather events such as ice storms and hurricanes, and from cyber attacks. It also aims to spur innovations in storage of power from wind and solar energy.

The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last year.

The Energy Policy and Modernization Act, the first wide- ranging energy bill passed by the Senate since George W. Bush was president, would increase U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), eventually helping...