Subtitle A - Solar Development Initiative Act of 1988 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to develop a complementary solar and renewable energy research program which:
(1) has near-term commercial applications; and
(2) enhances the international competitiveness of the solar and renewable energy industries.
Requires the Secretary to include funding for such program in the FY 1990 budget.
Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish an information dissemination program for Federal procurement and loan officers regarding the application of solar heating and cooling technology in Federal buildings.
Declares that it is the sense of the Congress that the renewable energy technologies programs established by the Secretary of Commerce should be funded in FY 1988 through 1990 through the Department of Energy at a specified maximum level.
Amends the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act to direct the President to take into account, when determining whether to designate a beneficiary country, the degree to which it undertakes self-help measures to promote energy self-sufficiency using locally available renewable energy resources.
Mandates that the design for new Federal facilities for specified agencies include consideration of energy systems using solar energy or other renewable energy forms.
Amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to mandate that a specified minimum percentage of loan authority be available only for solar and renewable energy loans.
Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to include among its special projects incentives, grants, and studies for renewable energy and other small business activities.
Prohibits the use of administrative funds for such projects.
Amends the Small Business Act to:
(1) repeal provisions regarding loans to small business concerns for solar energy and energy conservation measures;
(2) mandate that a certain percentage of loan authority be used only for small business energy measures; and
(3) direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to give due consideration to the export potential of solar and renewable energy loan guarantees in an annual report to the Congress. Subtitle B - Renewable Energy Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988 - Sets forth specified national goals for the current wind, photovoltaics, and solar thermal energy programs.
Requires the President's budget requests for FY 1989 to contain the recommendations of the Secretary of Energy for specified Department of Energy research and development programs for 1995, including biofuels energy systems, solar buildings energy systems, ocean energy systems, and geothermal energy.
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1990 through 1992 for:
(1) the wind energy research program;
(2) the photovoltaic energy systems program;
(3) the solar thermal energy systems program;
(4) the biofuels energy systems program;
(5) the solar buildings energy systems program;
(6) the ocean energy systems program; and
(7) the geothermal program.
Mandates that the President's budget requests for FY 1990 include the Secretary's recommendation for proof of concept proposals for certain renewable energy projects.
Requires the Secretary to submit an options analysis to the Congress regarding the accelerated commercialization of specified renewable energy technologies.
Directs the Secretary to establish joint research and development ventures in specified energy technologies, and to report to the Congress on the implementation of such plans.
Directs the Secretary to establish the following advisory bodies:
(1) Advisory Committee on Photovoltaic Village Energy Systems;
(2) Advisory Committee on Wind Energy Village Energy Systems;
(3) Advisory Committee on Solar Thermal Community Total Energy Systems;
(4) Advisory Committee on Energy Performance in Factory-Made Housing;
(5) Advisory Committee on Advanced District Cooling Technology;
(6) Advisory Committee on Integrated Renewable Energy Systems; and
(7) Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Technology Exports. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1990 through 1992 for such joint ventures.
Requires the Secretary to evaluate and report to the Congress on the efforts of the Committee on Renewable Energy, Commerce and Trade to promote renewable energy technology exports.
Authorizes appropriations for such Committee activities for FY 1990 through 1992.
Requires the Secretary to make annual reports to the Congress regarding the research programs and ventures under this Act. Requires each annual submission of the National Energy Policy Plan to be accompanied by a three-year strategic plan for energy technology research, development, and demonstration, including energy conservation and renewable energy technologies.
Subtitle C - Renewable Energy/Fuel Cell Systems Integration Act of 1988 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to implement a research program regarding:
(1) fuel cell use of methane gas generated from biomass forms;
(2) technologies using renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar energy) to produce hydrogen for fuel cell use; and
(3) fuel cell technology for electric power production as backup spinning reserve components to renewable power systems in rural and isolated areas.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to, and enter into contracts with, private research laboratories.
Requires the Secretary to report to the Congress regarding the fuel cell research program.
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1989.
Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to include industries using fuel cell technology under the Renewable Energy Industry Development Act. Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare Federal guidelines, within 180 days after enactment of this Act, for cities and municipalities specifying environmental and safety standards for use of fuel cell technology.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce, within the same period of time, to report to the Congress an assessment of the export market potential for integrated systems of fuel cells with renewable power technologies.
Subtitle D - Hydrogen Research and Development Act - Directs the Secretary of Energy to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees a comprehensive five-year program management plan for a research and development program designed to permit the development of a domestic hydrogen fuel production capability within the shortest practicable time.
Requires the Secretary to send the Congress annual plan descriptions including any necessary plan modifications.
Directs the Secretary to establish such program within the Department of Energy. Requires that the areas to be addressed in such program include production, liquefaction, transmission, distribution, storage, and utilization.
Requires priority to be given to production techniques that use renewable energy sources as their primary energy sources.
Directs the Secretary to conduct demonstrations to evaluate technical and nontechnical parameters to determine commercial applicability of hydrogen technology and to prepare a comprehensive large-scale hydrogen demonstration technology plan.
Requires the Secretary to prepare a comprehensive technology application plan which shall include:
(1) the potential applications for the use of hydrogen;
(2) technical market and economic readiness assessments for such potential applications;
(3) an assessment of Government actions needed to develop such application; and
(4) an analysis of the impact of such applications on domestic energy supplies.
Requires the Secretary to consult with other Federal agencies and departments in carrying out this program.
Requires the establishment of a Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel of the Energy Research Advisory Board to advise the Secretary on the conduct of the hydrogen program.
Requires the Panel to submit an annual report on the program to the Energy Research Advisory Board which shall subsequently report to the Secretary. Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title for FY 1991 through 1995.
Directs the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees a comprehensive five-year program management plan for a research and development program for the development of a domestic hydrogen-fueled aircraft capability within the shortest practicable time.
Requires the Administrator to transmit to Congress an annual plan description including any necessary modifications with respect to the plan.
Requires the Administrator to establish such program within NASA and to prepare and transmit to the Congress a comprehensive flight demonstration plan which shall confirm the technical feasibility, economic viability, and safety of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for commercial transport aircraft.
Provides that the research and development program under this title shall include, at a minimum, the development of the systems associated with the production, transportation, storage, and handling of liquid hydrogen for commercial aircraft application.
Provides that the Administrator shall consult with other Federal agencies and departments in carrying out the program.
Establishes a Hydrogen-Fueled Aircraft Advisory Committee to advise the Administrator on the programs established by this title.
Requires the Committee to report annually to the Administrator on its activities and on the status of such programs.
Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title for FY 1991 through 1995.