H. R. 579
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 9, 2011
Mrs. Christensen (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
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.
Insular areas and Freely Associated States energy development
In this section:
Comprehensive energy plan
comprehensive energy plan means a comprehensive energy plan
prepared and updated under subsections (c) and (e) of section 604 of the Act
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).
Energy action plan
The term energy action plan means the plan required by subsection (d).
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.
The term insular areas means American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term team means the team established by the Secretary under subsection (b).
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—
to develop an energy action plan addressing the energy needs of each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States; and
to assist each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States in implementing such plan.
Participation of regional utility organizations
In establishing the team, the Secretary shall consider including regional utility organizations.
Energy action plan
In accordance with subsection (b), the energy action plan shall include—
recommendations, based on the comprehensive energy plan where applicable, to—
reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fossil fuels;
develop indigenous, nonfossil fuel energy sources; and
improve performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency;
a schedule for implementation of such recommendations and identification and prioritization of specific projects;
a financial and engineering plan for implementing and sustaining projects; and
benchmarks for measuring progress toward implementation.
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.
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.