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This bill was introduced on February 9, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 9, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 579

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 9, 2011

(for herself, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Pierluisi, and Mr. Sablan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes.

1.

Insular areas and Freely Associated States energy development

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Comprehensive energy plan

The term comprehensive energy plan means a comprehensive energy plan prepared and updated under subsections (c) and (e) of section 604 of the Act entitled An Act to authorize appropriations for certain insular areas of the United States, and for other purposes, approved December 24, 1980 (48 U.S.C. 1492).

(2)

Energy action plan

The term energy action plan means the plan required by subsection (d).

(3)

Freely Associated States

The term Freely Associated States means the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

(4)

Insular areas

The term insular areas means American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(6)

Team

The term team means the team established by the Secretary under subsection (b).

(b)

Establishment

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a team of technical, policy, and financial experts—

(1)

to develop an energy action plan addressing the energy needs of each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States; and

(2)

to assist each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States in implementing such plan.

(c)

Participation of regional utility organizations

In establishing the team, the Secretary shall consider including regional utility organizations.

(d)

Energy action plan

In accordance with subsection (b), the energy action plan shall include—

(1)

recommendations, based on the comprehensive energy plan where applicable, to—

(A)

reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fossil fuels;

(B)

develop indigenous, nonfossil fuel energy sources; and

(C)

improve performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency;

(2)

a schedule for implementation of such recommendations and identification and prioritization of specific projects;

(3)

a financial and engineering plan for implementing and sustaining projects; and

(4)

benchmarks for measuring progress toward implementation.

(e)

Reports to Secretary

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the Secretary establishes the team and annually thereafter, the team shall submit to the Secretary a report detailing progress made in fulfilling its charge and in implementing the energy action plan.

(f)

Annual reports to Congress

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary receives a report submitted by the team under subsection (e), the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a summary of the report of the team.