In the Senate of the United States,
September 18, 2014.
That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 83) entitled
An Act 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
energy action plans aimed at promoting access to affordable, reliable
energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and
for other purposes., do pass with the following
Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:
Study of electric rates in the insular areas
In this section:
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).
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, 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, within the Empowering Insular Communities activity, 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 fuel shipped to the insular areas and Freely Associated States from ports outside the United States;
develop and utilize domestic 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.
Approval of Secretary required
The energy action plan shall not be implemented until the Secretary approves the energy action plan.
Amendments to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act
Section 6 of Public Law 94–241 (90 Stat. 263; 122 Stat. 854) is amended—
in subsection (a)(2), by striking
December 31, 2014, except as provided in subsections (b) and (d) and inserting
December 31, 2019; and
in subsection (d)—
in the third sentence of paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘not to extend beyond December 31, 2014,
unless extended pursuant to paragraph 5 of this subsection’’ and inserting
‘ending on December 31, 2019’;
by striking paragraph (5); and
by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (5).