H.R. 400: Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jan 23, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 400

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 23, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Dingell, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Michaud, and Mr. Schiff) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for the establishment of a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund to assist United States businesses with exporting clean energy technology products and services.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2013 .

2.

Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund

(a)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

the term clean energy technology means a technology related to the production, use, transmission, storage, control, or conservation of energy that will contribute to a stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations through reduction, avoidance, or sequestration of energy-related emissions and—

(A)

reduce the need for additional energy supplies by using existing energy supplies with greater efficiency or by transmitting, distributing, or transporting energy with greater effectiveness through the infrastructure of the United States; or

(B)

diversify the sources of energy supply of the United States to strengthen energy security and to increase supplies with a favorable balance of environmental effects if the entire technology system is considered; and

(2)

the term Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce.

(b)

Establishment

The Secretary shall establish a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund, to be administered through the International Trade Administration. The Secretary shall administer the Fund to promote policies that will reduce production costs and encourage innovation, investment, and productivity in the clean energy technology sector, and implement a national clean energy technology export strategy. The purpose of the Fund is to ensure that United States clean energy technology firms, including clean energy technology parts suppliers and engineering and design firms, have the information and assistance they need to be competitive and create clean energy technology sector jobs in the United States.

(c)

Assistance

The Secretary, consistent with the National Export Initiative, shall provide information, tools, and other assistance to United States businesses to promote clean energy technology manufacturing and facilitate the export of clean energy technology products and services. Such assistance shall include—

(1)

developing critical analysis of policies to reduce production costs and promote innovation, investment, and productivity in the clean energy technology sector;

(2)

helping educate companies about how to tailor their activities to specific markets with respect to their product slate, financing, marketing, assembly, and logistics;

(3)

helping United States companies learn about the export process and export opportunities in foreign markets;

(4)

helping United States companies to navigate foreign markets; and

(5)

helping United States companies provide input regarding clean energy technology manufacturing and trade policy developments and trade promotion.

(d)

Reports to Congress

(1)

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to the Congress a report indicating how the funds provided under this section will be used to—

(A)

focus on small and medium-sized United States businesses;

(B)

encourage the creation and maintenance of the greatest number of clean energy technology jobs in the United States; and

(C)

encourage the domestic production of clean energy technology products and services, including materials, components, equipment, parts, and supplies related in any way to the product or service.

(2)

Not later than January 1, 2017, the Secretary shall transmit to the Congress a report assessing the extent to which the program established under this section

(A)

has been successful in developing critical analysis of policies to reduce production costs and promote innovation, investment, and productivity in the clean energy technology sector;

(B)

has been successful in increasing the competitiveness of United States clean energy technology firms in emerging markets;

(C)

has been successful in assisting United States businesses, specifically small- and medium-sized firms, with exporting clean energy technology products and services;

(D)

has been successful in creating jobs directly related to the clean energy technology sector in the United States, including specific information as to the nature, location, and duration of those jobs and the methodology used by the Secretary to compile such information;

(E)

has been successful in helping United States companies provide input regarding clean energy technology manufacturing and trade policy developments and trade promotion; and

(F)

should be continued.

(e)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

In general

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for carrying out this section $15,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2013 through 2017.

(2)

Limitation

No assistance provided using funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be provided in the form of a monetary grant.