Department of Energy
Makes FY2008 appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for:
(1) energy efficiency and renewable energy;
(2) electricity delivery and energy reliability;
(3) nuclear energy;
(4) legacy management;
(5) clean coal technology;
(6) fossil energy research and development;
(7) naval petroleum and oil shale reserves;
(8) the Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
(9) the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve;
(10) the Energy Information Administration;
(11) non-defense environmental cleanup;
(12) the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund;
(13) science activities;
(14) nuclear waste disposal;
(15) the Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee program;
(16) departmental administration; and
(17) the Office of Inspector General.
Makes FY2008 appropriations for activities pertaining to: (1) weapons activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration; (2) defense nuclear nonproliferation; (3) naval reactors; (4) the Office of the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration; (5) defense environmental cleanup; and (6) defense nuclear waste disposal.
Approves specified expenditures from the Bonneville Power Administration Fund for fisheries and designated fish hatcheries.
Makes FY2008 appropriations for operation and maintenance of: (1) the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western Area Power Administrations; (2) the Falcon and Amistad Dams; and (3) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Prohibits the use of FY2008 funds to make payments for a noncompetitive management and operating contract unless the Secretary of Energy (the Secretary under this title) has taken specified steps to use competitive procedures for the award of the contract, or to not renew the contract, when the term of the contract expires.
Prohibits the use of appropriations under this Act to: (1) develop or implement a workforce restructuring plan that covers DOE employees; (2) provide certain enhanced statutory severance benefits for DOE employees; or (3) augment certain funds made available for obligation by this Act for severance benefits and community assistance grants under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993, unless DOE submits a reprogramming request to congressional committees.
Prohibits the use of funds under this Act to prepare or initiate requests for proposals for unfunded programs.
Prohibits the use of Bonneville Power Administration funds for any agreement to perform energy efficiency services outside the legally defined Bonneville service territory, with the exception of services provided internationally, including services provided on a reimbursable basis, unless the Administrator certifies in advance that such services are not available from private sector businesses.
Requires DOE: (1) when it makes a user facility available to universities or other potential users, or seeks their input on significant user facility characteristics or equipment, to ensure broad public notice of such availability or input need; and (2) to employ full and open competition in selecting a potential user as a formal partner in the establishment or operation of a user facility.
Deems any funds appropriated by this or any other Act, or made available by the transfer of funds in this Act, for intelligence activities to be specifically authorized by Congress for purposes of the National Security Act of 1947 during FY2008, until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2008.
Authorizes the use of specified funds by: (1) government-owned, contractor-operator operated laboratories for laboratory-directed research and development; and (2) the plant manager of a covered nuclear weapons production plant or the manager of the Nevada Site Office for plant or site-directed research and development.
Requires the Administrators of the Southeastern, Southwestern and the Western Area Power Administrations to use, for FY2008, the "yield" rate in computing interest during construction and interest on the unpaid balance of the costs of federal power facilities.
States that a specified Use Permit for activities conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory continues in effect during the term of the existing Operating Contract and extensions or renewals shall be incorporated into any future management and operating contract for such Laboratory..
Prohibits the use of certain funds during FY2008 for payment on bonds issued by the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, or for an appropriated Federal Columbia River Power investment, if the payment is both: (1) greater than a certain amount; and (2) based or conditioned on the Administrator's actual or expected net secondary power sales receipts.
Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary to direct that not more than $25 million from specified federal royalties, rents, and bonuses shall be used for land acquisition for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
Instructs the Secretary to use not more than $25 million from specified accounts to support the land acquisition of the SPR at Bayou Choctaw, Louisiana, Big Hill, Texas, and Richton, Mississippi, to meet the required one billion barrel capacity.
Denies the Secretary authority to begin contracting for filling the new capacity of the SPR, either through means of purchase or royalty-in-kind, until such time as the Secretary certifies construction is complete.