IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 20, 2011
Mr. Tester (for himself, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Bennet, and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To promote clean energy infrastructure for rural communities.
This Act may be cited as the
Clean Energy Infrastructure for Rural
Communities Act of 2011.
Electric loans for renewable energy
Section 317 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 940g) is amended—
in subsection (b)—
generation and inserting “for—
by striking the period at the end and
; and; and
by adding at the end the following:
transmission facilities primarily for the purpose of interconnecting 1 or more renewable energy facilities to a high-voltage transmission line.
by striking subsection (c).
Rural natural gas infrastructure
Section 310B(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1932(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (1)—
by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and
by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:
The term natural gas means—
unmixed natural gas; or
any mixture of natural and artificial gas.
in paragraph (2)—
in subparagraph (C), by striking
and at the end;
by redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (E); and
by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following:
improving the economic and environmental climate by encouraging the development and construction of infrastructure to provide access to natural gas in rural communities; and