Department Of Energy
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to the Department of Energy (DOE) for energy and science programs, including:
(1) energy efficiency and renewable energy,
(2) electricity delivery and energy reliability,
(3) nuclear energy,
(4) fossil energy research and development,
(5) naval petroleum and oil shale reserves,
(6) the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as well as the SPR Petroleum Account and the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve,
(7) the Energy Information Administration,
(8) non-defense environmental cleanup,
(9) the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund,
(10) science activities,
(11) nuclear waste disposal,
(12) the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E),
(13) the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Loan Program,
(14) the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program,
(15) departmental administration,
(16) the Office of the Inspector General,
(17) the National Nuclear Security Administration and atomic energy defense weapons activities,
(18) defense nuclear nonproliferation activities,
(19) naval reactors activities,
(20) Office of the Administrator in the National Nuclear Security Administration,
(21) atomic energy defense environmental cleanup, and
(22) other defense activities.
Approves expenditures from the Bonneville Power Administration Fund for: (1) the Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture Program, (2) the Lolo Creek Permanent Weir Facility, and (3) Improving Anadromous Fish production on the Warm Springs Reservation. Prohibits any new direct loan obligations from being made from such Fund during FY2012.
Makes FY2012 appropriations for operation and maintenance of: (1) the Southeastern Power Administration; (2) the Southwestern Power Administration; (3) the Western Area Power Administration, including construction and rehabilitation, (4) the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund; (5) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and (6) specified DOE activities.
Permits the availability to the same appropriation accounts of unexpended balances of prior appropriations provided for activities in this Act.
Requires DOE to ensure broad public notice when it makes a user facility available or when it seeks input from potential users regarding significant characteristics or equipment in a user facility.
Deems funds appropriated for intelligence activities to be specifically authorized by Congress during FY2012 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
Directs DOE to submit annually to Congress a future-years energy program that reflects the estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in the President's annual budget. Requires a future-years energy program to be included in the FY2014 budget submitted to Congress and every fiscal year thereafter.
Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the terms and conditions governing DOE loan guarantees for innovative technologies to allow as one alternative condition that a combination of one or more appropriations and one or more payments from the borrower has been made that is sufficient to cover the cost of the guarantee.
Considers plant or construction projects for which amounts are made available under this and subsequent appropriation Acts with an estimated cost of less than $10 million to be for certain purposes: (1) a plant project for which the approved total estimated cost does not exceed the minor construction threshold; and (2) a construction project with an estimated cost of less than a minor construction threshold.
Increases from $1 million to $5 million the minimum estimated construction cost of capital facilities for which the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration is authorized to make expenditures from Bonneville Power Administration fund.
Prohibits the use of funds to deposit into the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Research Fund more than $25 million from any federal royalties, rents, and bonuses derived from federal onshore and off-shore oil and gas leases.
Rescinds $73.7 million of appropriations to DOE under this Act to reflect savings from the DOE contractor pay freeze.
Requires recipients of DOE grants in excess of $1 million to certify that they will, by the end of the fiscal year, upgrade the efficiency of their facilities by replacing lighting that does not meet or exceed certain energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs.
Restricts to a maximum period of two calendar years the validity of any DOE determination that the sale or transfer of uranium will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium mining, conversion, or enrichment industry.
Requires DOE to report to the congressional appropriations committees 30 days before the transfer, sale, barter, distribution, or other provision of uranium to accelerate cleanup at a federal site: (1) the amount of uranium involved, (2) an estimate of its gross market value on the transaction date, (3) the value of the services DOE expects to receive in exchange for the uranium, and (4) the recipient of the uranium.
Requires DOE to report to congressional committees on appropriations regarding: (1) a revised excess uranium inventory management plan for FY2013-FY2018; and (2) the economic feasibility of re-enriching depleted uranium located at federal sites.
Authorizes DOE to allow a third party, on a fee-for-service basis, to operate and maintain an underutilized metering station and related equipment of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).