S. 352 (107th): Energy Emergency Response Act of 2001

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Feb 15, 2001 (Introduced).

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S 352 IS

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 352

To increase the authorization of appropriations for low-income energy assistance, weatherization, and State energy conservation grant programs, to expand the use of energy savings performance contracts, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 15, 2001

Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself, Mr. DASCHLE, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. DORGAN, Mr. KENNEDY, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. DODD, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. BREAUX, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. KERRY, Mr. DAYTON, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. CORZINE, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. REID, Mr. AKAKA, Mrs. CARNAHAN, Mr. JOHNSON, Mr. CONRAD, Mr. WELLSTONE, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. KOHL, Mr. NELSON of Nebraska, Mr. REED, Mr. LIEBERMAN, and Mr. BAYH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To increase the authorization of appropriations for low-income energy assistance, weatherization, and State energy conservation grant programs, to expand the use of energy savings performance contracts, 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 Emergency Response Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

    (a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds that--

      (1) high energy costs are causing hardship for families;

      (2) restructured energy markets have increased the need for a higher and more consistent level of funding for low-income energy assistance programs;

      (3) conservation programs implemented by the States and the low-income weatherization program reduce costs and need for additional energy supplies;

      (4) energy conservation is a cornerstone of national energy security policy;

      (5) the Federal Government is the largest consumer of energy in the economy of the United States; and

      (6) many opportunities exist for significant energy cost savings within the Federal Government.

    (b) PURPOSES- The purposes of this Act are to provide assistance to those individuals most affected by high energy prices and to promote and accelerate energy conservation investments in private and Federal facilities.

SEC. 3. INCREASED FUNDING FOR LIHEAP, WEATHERIZATION AND STATE ENERGY GRANTS.

    (a) LIHEAP- (1) Section 2602(b) of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8621(b)) is amended by striking the first sentence and inserting the following: ‘There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the provisions of this title (other than section 2607A), $3,400,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005.’.

    (2) Section 2605(b)(2) of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8624(b)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

      ‘And except that during fiscal year 2001, a State may make payments under this title to households with incomes up to and including 200 percent of the poverty level for such State;’.

    (b) WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE- Section 422 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6872) is amended by striking ‘For fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary’ and inserting: ‘$310,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005.’.

    (c) STATE ENERGY CONSERVATION GRANTS- Section 365(f) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6325(f)) is amended by striking ‘for fiscal years 1999 through 2003 such sums as may be necessary’ and inserting: ‘$75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005’.

SEC. 4. FEDERAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT REVIEWS.

    Section 543 of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8253) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(e) PRIORITY RESPONSE REVIEWS- Each agency shall--

      ‘(1) not later than October 1, 2001, undertake a comprehensive review of all practicable measures for--

        ‘(A) increasing energy and water conservation, and

        ‘(B) using renewable energy sources; and

      ‘(2) not later than 180 days after completing the review, implement measures to achieve not less than 50 percent of the potential efficiency and renewable savings identified in the review.’.

SEC. 5. COST SAVINGS FROM REPLACEMENT FACILITIES.

    Section 801(a) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(3)(A) In the case of an energy savings contract or energy savings performance contract providing for energy savings through the construction and operation of one or more buildings or facilities to replace one or more existing buildings or facilities, benefits ancillary to the purpose of such contract under paragraph (1) may include savings resulting from reduced costs of operation and maintenance at such replacement buildings or facilities when compared with costs of operation and maintenance at the buildings or facilities being replaced.

      ‘(B) Notwithstanding paragraph (2)(B), aggregate annual payments by an agency under an energy savings contract or energy savings performance contract referred to in subparagraph (A) may take into account (through the procedures developed pursuant to this section) savings resulting from reduced costs of operation and maintenance as described in subparagraph (A).’.

SEC. 6. REPEAL OF ENERGY SAVINGS PERFORMANCE CONTRACT SUNSET.

    Section 801(c) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287(c)) is repealed.

SEC. 7. ENERGY SAVINGS PERFORMANCE CONTRACT DEFINITIONS.

    (a) ENERGY SAVINGS- Section 804(2) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287c(2)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘(2) The term ‘energy savings’ means a reduction in the cost of energy or water, from a base cost established through a methodology set forth in the contract, used in either--

        ‘(A) an existing federally owned building or buildings or other federally owned facilities as a result of--

          ‘(i) the lease or purchase of operating equipment, improvements, altered operation and maintenance, or technical services;

          ‘(ii) the increased efficient use of existing energy sources by cogeneration or heat recovery, excluding any cogeneration process for other than a federally owned building or buildings or other federally owned facilities; or

          ‘(iii) the increased efficient use of existing water sources; or

        ‘(B) a replacement facility under section 801(a)(3).’.

    (b) ENERGY SAVINGS CONTRACT- Section 804(3) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287c(3)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘The terms ‘energy savings contract’ and ‘energy savings performance contract’ mean a contract which provides for--

        ‘(A) the performance of services for the design, acquisition, installation, testing, operation, and, where appropriate, maintenance and repair, of an identified energy or water conservation measure or series of measures at one or more locations; or

        ‘(B) energy savings through the construction and operation of one or more buildings or facilities to replace one or more existing buildings or facilities.’.

    (c) ENERGY OR WATER CONSERVATION MEASURE- Section 804(4) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287c(4)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘The term ‘energy or water conservation measure’ means--

        ‘(A) an energy conservation measure, as defined in section 551(4) (42 U.S.C. 8259(4)); or

        ‘(B) a water conservation measure that improves water efficiency, is life cycle cost effective, and involves water conservation, water recycling or reuse, improvements in operation or maintenance efficiencies, retrofit activities or other related activities, not at a Federal hydroelectric facility.’.