H. R. 85
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2007
Mrs. Biggert introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology
To provide for the establishment of centers to encourage demonstration and commercial application of advanced energy methods and technologies.
This Act may be cited as the
Energy Technology Transfer Act.
Energy technology transfer
Section 917 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16197) is amended to read as follows:
Advanced Energy Technology Transfer Centers
Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Energy Technology Transfer Act, the Secretary shall make grants to nonprofit institutions, State and local governments, cooperative extension services, or universities (or consortia thereof), to establish a geographically dispersed network of Advanced Energy Technology Transfer Centers, to be located in areas the Secretary determines have the greatest need of the services of such Centers. In establishing the network, the Secretary shall consider the special needs and opportunities for increased energy efficiency for manufactured and site-built housing, including construction, renovation, and retrofit. In making awards under this section, the Secretary shall—
give priority to applicants already operating or partnered with an outreach program capable of transferring knowledge and information about advanced energy efficiency methods and technologies;
ensure that, to the extent practicable, the program enables the transfer of knowledge and information—
about a variety of technologies and
in a variety of geographic areas; and
give preference to applicants that would significantly expand on or fill a gap in existing programs in a geographical region.
Each Center shall operate a program to encourage demonstration and commercial application of advanced energy methods and technologies through education and outreach to building and industrial professionals, and to other individuals and organizations with an interest in efficient energy use. Funds awarded under this section may be used for the following activities:
Developing and distributing informational materials on technologies that could use energy more efficiently.
Carrying out demonstrations of advanced energy methods and technologies.
Developing and conducting seminars, workshops, long-distance learning sessions, and other activities to aid in the dissemination of knowledge and information on technologies that could use energy more efficiently.
Providing or coordinating onsite energy evaluations, including instruction on the commissioning of building heating and cooling systems, for a wide range of energy end-users.
Examining the energy efficiency needs of energy end-users to develop recommended research projects for the Department.
Hiring experts in energy efficient technologies to carry out activities described in paragraphs (1) through (5).
A person seeking a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application in such form and containing such information as the Secretary may require. The Secretary may award a grant under this section to an entity already in existence if the entity is otherwise eligible under this section. The application shall include, at a minimum—
a description of the applicant’s outreach program, and the geographic region it would serve, and of why the program would be capable of transferring knowledge and information about advanced energy technologies that increase efficiency of energy use;
a description of the activities the applicant would carry out, of the technologies that would be transferred, and of any other organizations that will help facilitate a regional approach to carrying out those activities;
a description of how the proposed activities would be appropriate to the specific energy needs of the geographic region to be served;
an estimate of the number and types of energy end-users expected to be reached through such activities; and
a description of how the applicant will assess the success of the program.
The Secretary shall award grants under this section on the basis of the following criteria, at a minimum:
The ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed activities.
The extent to which the applicant will coordinate the activities of the Center with other entities as appropriate, such as State and local governments, utilities, universities, and National Laboratories.
The appropriateness of the applicant’s outreach program for carrying out the program described in this section.
The likelihood that proposed activities could be expanded or used as a model for other areas.
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall require cost-sharing in accordance with the requirements of section 988 for commercial application activities.
Initial grant period
A grant awarded under this section shall be for a period of 5 years.
Each grantee under this section shall be evaluated during its third year of operation under procedures established by the Secretary to determine if the grantee is accomplishing the purposes of this section described in subsection (a). The Secretary shall terminate any grant that does not receive a positive evaluation. If an evaluation is positive, the Secretary may extend the grant for 3 additional years beyond the original term of the grant.
If a grantee receives an extension under paragraph (2), the grantee shall be evaluated again during the second year of the extension. The Secretary shall terminate any grant that does not receive a positive evaluation. If an evaluation is positive, the Secretary may extend the grant for a final additional period of 3 additional years beyond the original extension.
No grantee may receive more than 11 years of support under this section without reapplying for support and competing against all other applicants seeking a grant at that time.
None of the funds awarded under this section may be used for the construction of facilities.
For purposes of this section:
Advanced energy methods and technologies
advanced energy methods and technologies means all methods and technologies that promote energy efficiency and conservation, including distributed generation technologies, and life-cycle analysis of energy use.
Center means an Advanced Energy Technology Transfer Center established pursuant to this section.
distributed generation means an electric power generation technology, including photovoltaic, small wind and micro-combined heat and power, that is designed to serve retail electric consumers on-site.
Cooperative Extension means the extension services established at the land-grant colleges and universities under the Smith-Lever Act of May 8, 1914.
Land-grant colleges and universities
land-grant colleges and universities means—
1862 Institutions (as defined in section 2 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601));
1890 Institutions (as defined in section 2 of that Act); and
1994 Institutions (as defined in section 2 of that Act).
Authorization of appropriations
In addition to amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated in section 911, there are authorized to be appropriated for the program under this section such sums as may be appropriated.