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Library of Congress Summary
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Energy Policy Act of 2002 - Amends the Federal Power Act to set forth an energy delivery and production scheme that includes: (1) electric reliability standards; (2) electric utility mergers; (3) market-based rates; (4) transmission interconnections; and (5) open access transmission.
Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2002 - Repeals the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.
Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to: (1) adopt real-time pricing standards; (2) terminate mandatory cogeneration and small power production purchase and sale requirements; and (3) mandate net metering service.
Provides for renewable energy and rural construction grants. Sets forth alternative mandatory conditions for hydroelectric relicensing on Federal reservation lands.
Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to establish within the Department of Energy (DOE) an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.
Price-Anderson Amendments Act of 2002 - Amends the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide permanent DOE contractor indemnification authority and to revise liability limits.
Prescribes guidelines for domestic oil production and transportation, including Federal onshore oil and gas leasing programs, and full capacity for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2002 - Prescribes guidelines for expedited approval, construction, and Federal loan guarantees for Alaska natural gas transportation and delivery systems into the contiguous United States.
Amends Federal transportation law to mandate increased Federal fleet vehicle fuel efficiency. Establishes the National Motor Vehicle Efficiency Improvement Program to provide assistance for State programs to retire fuel-inefficient motor vehicles.
Prescribes guidelines for increased use of alternative and renewable fuels.
Federal Reformulated Fuels Act of 2002 - Amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to permit the use of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MBTE) remediation purposes.
Amends the Clean Air Act to revise guidelines pertaining to: (1) water quality protection from fuels; (2) oxygen content requirements for reformulated gasoline; and (3) public health and environmental impacts of fuels and fuel additives.
Provides increased funding for: (1) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance; (2) weatherization assistance; and (3) State energy conservation plans.
Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to: (1) revise energy performance and management requirements for Federal buildings; and (2) mandate procurement of energy efficient products.
Establishes the Federal Energy Bank to make loans to assist Federal agency implementation of energy conservation measures in Federal buildings.
Amends Federal housing laws to provide further support for energy efficient, affordable housing, including: (1) FHA mortgage insurance incentives for energy efficient housing; and (2) grants for energy-conserving improvements for assisted housing.
Climate Change Strategy and Technology Innovation Act of 2002 - Establishes the National Office of Climate Change Response within the Executive Office of the President. Establishes related bodies, including: (1) the Office of Climate Change Technology in DOE to manage an energy technology research and development program that directly supports the Strategy; and (2) the United States Climate Change Response Strategy Review Board.
Instructs the Secretary of Commerce to establish the National Greenhouse Gas Database. Establishes the Interagency Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Database as an advisory body.
Energy Science and Technology Enhancement Act of 2002 - Sets forth a national energy research, development, demonstration, and technology deployment program that operates as an integral part of the national climate change strategy in partnership with industry, the national laboratories, and institutions of higher learning. Includes within such program: (1) energy efficiency; (2) renewable energy; (3) fossil energy; (4) nuclear energy; (5) fundamental energy science; and (6) critical energy infrastructure protection research and development.
Establishes: (1) a Clean Energy Technology Exports Program to focus upon transferring clean energy technology to countries expected to experience the most significant growth in energy production and associated greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years; (2) an International Energy Technology Deployment Program to construct an energy production facility outside the United States to implement specified greenhouse gas reduction; and (3) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy an integrated program for the global change research program.
Instructs the Secretary of Commerce to: (1) submit to Congress a plan of action for a National Climate Service under the National Climate Program; and (2) initiate a program to develop innovative standards and measurement technologies to calculate greenhouse gas emissions.
Mandates establishment of: (1) an integrated ocean and coastal observing system; (2) a global climate change standards and processes research program within the National Institute of Standards and Technology; (3) a National Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Program for regional impacts related to increased greenhouse gas concentrations; (4) a NASA pilot project exploration of remote sensing and other geospatial information in order to forecast a plan for adaptation to coastal zone and land use changes.
Instructs the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to establish national energy research and development advisory boards to exercise external technical review of DOE research and development programs. Creates a coordination and management framework within DOE for civilian science and technology programs, including: (1) an Under Secretary for Energy and Science to serve as the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary and monitor the DOE research and development programs; (2) an Assistant Secretary of Science for fundamental DOE science and engineering research functions, including policy and management; (3) a Technology Transfer Coordinator; (4) a Technology Partnership Working Group; (5) a Technology Transfer Infrastructure Program; and (6) appointment of a small business advocate in connection with each National Laboratory.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish security enhancement programs for critical energy infrastructure.
Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Energy Infrastructure Security Program to: (1) provide financial assistance for State security plans against threats to critical OCS energy infrastructure facilities; and (2) support public service or transportation activities needed to maintain the safety and operation of critical energy infrastructure activities.
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