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H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 18, 2014 (Passed the Senate with an Amendment).

Summary of this bill

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014.

The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by Delegate Donna Christensen regarding clean energy in insular areas. It passed in the House on September 15, 2014 and the Senate on September 18, 2014, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House.

The House subsequently replaced the entire text of the bill with the appropriations act and passed the bill in that form on December 11, 2014 ( …


2d Session

H.R. 83

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.


Insular areas

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).