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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 15, 2014 (Passed the House).

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



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.


Insular areas and Freely Associated States energy development



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, 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 energy action plans addressing the immediate, near-term, and long-term energy and environmental 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 an energy action plan.


Participation of regional utility organizations

In establishing the team, the Secretary shall consider including regional utility organizations.


Energy action plans

In accordance with subsection (b), the energy action plans shall include—


recommendations, based on the comprehensive energy plan where applicable, to—


promote access to affordable, reliable energy;


develop indigenous, nonfossil fuel energy resources; 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 plans.


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.



No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this section, and this section shall be carried out using amounts otherwise available for such purpose.

Passed the House of Representatives September 15, 2014.

Karen L. Haas,