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Text of the Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 28, 1998 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 17, 1998 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 417

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4017

[Report No. 105-727]

To extend certain programs under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Energy Conservation and Production Act, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 9, 1998

Mr. DAN SCHAEFER of Colorado (for himself and Mr. HALL of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce

September 17, 1998

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]

[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on June 9, 1998]


A BILL

To extend certain programs under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Energy Conservation and Production Act, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998’.

SEC. 2. ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT AMENDMENTS.

    (a) INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUPS- Section 256(h) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6276(h)) is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(h) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary to carry out subsections (d) and (e), to be divided equitably between the interagency working subgroups based on program requirements.’.

    (b) STATE ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM- Section 365(f) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6325(f)) is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(f) For the purpose of carrying out this part, there are authorized to be appropriated for fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary.’.

    (c) SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS- Section 397 the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371f) is amended to read as follows:

‘AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

    ‘SEC. 397. For the purpose of carrying out this part, there are authorized to be appropriated for fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary.’.

SEC. 3. ENERGY CONSERVATION AND PRODUCTION ACT AMENDMENT.

    Section 422 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6872) is amended to read as follows:

‘AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

    ‘SEC. 422. For the purpose of carrying out the weatherization program under this part, there are authorized to be appropriated for fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary.’.

SEC. 4. ENERGY SAVINGS PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS.

    (a) SUNSET- Section 801(c) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287(c)) is amended by striking ‘five years after’ and all that follows through ‘subsection (b)’ and inserting ‘on October 1, 2003’.

    (b) DEFINITION- Section 804(1) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287c(1)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘(1) The term ‘Federal agency’ means each authority of the Government of the United States, whether or not it is within or subject to review by another agency.’.

SEC. 5. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS.

    (a) ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT- The Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended--

      (1) in the table of contents--

        (A) by striking ‘Sec. 301.’ and all that follows through ‘Reports to Congress.’.’;

        (B) by striking ‘efficiency’ and inserting ‘conservation’ in the item relating to section 325;

        (C) by striking ‘and private labelers’ in the item relating to section 326;

        (D) by striking the items relating to part E of title III;

        (E) by inserting after the items relating to part I of title III the following:

‘Part J--Encouraging the Use of Alternative Fuels

      ‘Sec. 400AA. Alternative fuel use by light duty Federal vehicles.

      ‘Sec. 400BB. Alternative fuels truck commercial application program.

      ‘Sec. 400CC. Alternative fuels bus program.

      ‘Sec. 400DD. Interagency Commission on Alternative Motor Fuels.

      ‘Sec. 400EE. Studies and reports.’;

        (F) by inserting ‘Environmental’ after ‘Energy Supply and’ in the item relating to section 505; and

        (G) by striking the item relating to section 527;

      (2) in section 321(1) (42 U.S.C. 6291(1))--

        (A) by striking ‘section 501(1) of the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act’ and inserting ‘section 32901(a)(3) of title 49, United States Code’; and

        (B) by striking the second period at the end thereof;

      (3) in section 322(b)(2)(A) (42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(2)(A)) by inserting close quotation marks after ‘type of product’;

      (4) in section 324(a)(2)(C)(ii) (42 U.S.C. 6294(a)(2)(C)(ii)) by striking ‘section 325(j)’ and inserting ‘section 325(i)’;

      (5) in section 325 (42 U.S.C. 6295)--

        (A) by striking ‘paragraphs’ in subsection (e)(4)(A) and inserting ‘paragraph’; and

        (B) by striking ‘BALLASTS;’ in the heading of subsection (g) and inserting ‘BALLASTS’;

      (6) in section 336(c)(2) (42 U.S.C. 6306(c)(2)) by striking ‘section 325(k)’ and inserting ‘section 325(n)’;

      (7) in section 345(c) (42 U.S.C. 6316(c)) by inserting ‘standard’ after ‘meets the applicable’;

      (8) in section 362 (42 U.S.C. 6322)--

        (A) by inserting ‘of’ after ‘of the implementation’ in subsection (a)(1); and

        (B) by striking ‘subsection (g)’ and inserting ‘subsection (f)(2)’ in subsection (d)(12);

      (9) in section 391(2)(B) (42 U.S.C. 6371(2)(B)) by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon;

      (10) in section 394(a) (42 U.S.C. 6371c(a))--

        (A) by striking the commas at the end of paragraphs (1), (3), and (5) and inserting semicolons;

        (B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting a semicolon; and

        (C) by striking the colon at the end of paragraph (6) and inserting a semicolon;

      (11) in section 400 (42 U.S.C. 6371i) by striking ‘(a)’;

      (12) in section 400D(a) (42 U.S.C. 6372c(a)) by striking the commas at the end of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) and inserting semicolons;

      (13) in section 400I(b) (42 U.S.C. 6372h(b)) by striking ‘Secretary shall,’ and inserting ‘Secretary shall’;

      (14) in section 400AA (42 U.S.C. 6374) by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (h);

      (15) in section 503 (42 U.S.C. 6383)--

        (A) by striking ‘with repect to’ and inserting ‘with respect to’ in subsection (b); and

        (B) by striking ‘controlling’ and inserting ‘, controlling,’ in subsection (c)(1); and

      (16) in section 552(d)(5)(A) (42 U.S.C. 6422(d)(5)(A)) by striking ‘notion’ and inserting ‘motion’.

    (b) ENERGY CONSERVATION AND PRODUCTION ACT- The Energy Conservation and Production Act is amended--

      (1) in the table of contents--

        (A) by striking ‘rules and regulations’ and inserting ‘regulations and rulings’ in the item relating to section 106; and

        (B) by striking the item relating to section 207 and inserting the following:

      ‘Sec. 207. State utility regulatory assistance.

      ‘Sec. 208. Authorization of appropriations.’; and

      (2) in section 202 (42 U.S.C. 6802) by striking ‘(b) DEFINITIONS- ’.

    (c) NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION POLICY ACT- The National Energy Conservation Policy Act is amended--

      (1) in the table of contents--

        (A) by striking ‘, installation, and financing’ and inserting ‘and installation’ in the item relating to section 216;

        (B) by striking ‘Ratings’ and inserting ‘Rating Guidelines’ in the item relating to part 6 of title II;

        (C) by striking the item relating to section 304; and

        (D) by striking ‘goals’ and inserting ‘requirements’ in the item relating to section 543;

      (2) in section 216(d)(1)(C) (42 U.S.C. 8217(d)(1)(C)) by striking ‘explictly’ and inserting ‘explicitly’;

      (3) in section 251(b)(1) (42 U.S.C. 8231(b)(1))--

        (A) by striking ‘National Housing Act to projects’ and inserting ‘National Housing Act) to projects’; and

        (B) by striking ‘accure’ and inserting ‘accrue’;

      (4) in section 266 (42 U.S.C. 8235e) by striking ‘(17 U.S.C.’ and inserting ‘(15 U.S.C.’; and

      (5) in section 551(8) (42 U.S.C. 8259(8)) by striking ‘goethermal’ and inserting ‘geothermal’.

SEC. 6. MATERIALS ALLOCATION AUTHORITY EXTENSION.

    Section 104(b) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended by striking ‘(1) The authority’ and all that follows through ‘(2)’.

SEC. 7. BIODIESEL FUEL USE CREDITS.

    (a) AMENDMENT- Title III of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13211-13219) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘SEC. 312. BIODIESEL FUEL USE CREDITS.

    ‘(a) ALLOCATION OF CREDITS-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall allocate one credit under this section to a fleet or covered person for each qualifying volume of the biodiesel component of fuel containing at least 20 percent biodiesel by volume purchased after the date of the enactment of this section for use by the fleet or covered person in vehicles owned or operated by the fleet or covered person that weigh more than 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.

      ‘(2) EXCEPTIONS- No credits shall be allocated under paragraph (1) for a purchase of biodiesel--

        ‘(A) for use in alternative fueled vehicles; or

        ‘(B) that is required by Federal or State law.

      ‘(3) AUTHORITY TO MODIFY PERCENTAGE- The Secretary may, by rule, lower the 20 percent biodiesel volume requirement in paragraph (1) for reasons related to cold start, safety, or vehicle function considerations.

      ‘(4) DOCUMENTATION- A fleet or covered person seeking a credit under this section shall provide written documentation to the Secretary supporting the allocation of a credit to such fleet or covered person under paragraph (1).

    ‘(b) USE OF CREDITS-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- At the request of a fleet or covered person allocated a credit under subsection (a), the Secretary shall, for the year in which the purchase of a qualifying volume is made, treat that purchase as the acquisition of one alternative fueled vehicle the fleet or covered person is required to acquire under this title, title IV, or title V.

      ‘(2) LIMITATION- Credits allocated under subsection (a) may not be used to satisfy more than 50 percent of the alternative fueled vehicle requirements of a fleet or covered person under this title, title IV, and title V. This paragraph shall not apply to a fleet or covered person that is a biodiesel alternative fuel provider described in section 501(a)(2)(A).

    ‘(c) CREDIT NOT A SECTION 508 CREDIT- A credit under this section shall not be considered a credit under section 508.

    ‘(d) ISSUANCE OF RULE- The Secretary shall, before January 1, 1999, issue a rule establishing procedures for the implementation of this section.

    ‘(e) COLLECTION OF DATA- The Secretary shall collect such data as are required to make a determination described in subsection (f)(2)(B).

    ‘(f) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this section--

      ‘(1) the term ‘biodiesel’ means a diesel fuel substitute produced from nonpetroleum renewable resources that meets the registration requirements for fuels and fuel additives established by the Environmental Protection Agency under section 211 of the Clean Air Act; and

      ‘(2) the term ‘qualifying volume’ means--

        ‘(A) 450 gallons; or

        ‘(B) if the Secretary determines by rule that the average annual alternative fuel use in light duty vehicles by fleets and covered persons exceeds 450 gallons or gallon equivalents, the amount of such average annual alternative fuel use.’.

    (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS AMENDMENT- The table of contents of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to title III the following new item:

      ‘Sec. 312. Biodiesel fuel use credits.’.