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S. 2089 (114th): American Energy Innovation Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 29, 2015 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

Source: GPO

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Calendar No. 241

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2089

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 28, 2015

(for herself, Mr. Reid, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Schumer, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Franken, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Shaheen, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Coons, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Peters, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Carper, Mr. King, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Booker, Mrs. Boxer, Ms. Klobuchar, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

September 29, 2015

Read the second time and placed on the calendar

A BILL

To provide for investment in clean energy, to empower and protect consumers, to modernize energy infrastructure, to cut pollution and waste, to invest in research and development, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Energy Innovation Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Definitions.

TITLE I—Empowering and protecting consumers

Subtitle A—Access to consumer energy information

Sec. 1001. Consumer access to electric energy information.

Subtitle B—Unfair trade practices prohibition in distributed generation

Sec. 1011. Investigation of distributed generation.

Subtitle C—Enhanced grid security

Sec. 1021. Cybersecurity threats.

Sec. 1022. Enhanced grid security.

Subtitle D—Capacity markets study

Sec. 1031. GAO capacity market impact study.

Subtitle E—Severe coal supply emergency response

Sec. 1041. Severe coal supply emergency response.

Subtitle F—Energy markets

Sec. 1051. Enhanced information on critical energy supplies.

Sec. 1052. Working Group on Energy Markets.

Sec. 1053. Study of regulatory framework for energy markets.

Subtitle G—Transmission

Sec. 1061. Report by transmission organizations on distributed energy resources and microgrid systems.

Sec. 1062. Net metering study guidance.

TITLE II—Modernizing infrastructure

Subtitle A—QER recommendations

Sec. 2001. Natural gas distribution system improvement program.

Sec. 2002. Strategy for managing the risks associated with the loss or disruption of power from large power transformers.

Sec. 2003. Consolidation of release authorities.

Sec. 2004. Modernization of Strategic Petroleum Reserve release authorities.

Sec. 2005. Optimization of emergency response capability of Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Subtitle B—Grid modernization and storage

Sec. 2011. Definition of Secretary.

Sec. 2012. Grid storage program.

Sec. 2013. Technology demonstration and the distribution system.

Sec. 2014. Microgrid systems for isolated and resilient communities.

Sec. 2015. Electric system grid architecture, scenario development, and modeling.

Sec. 2016. Voluntary model pathways.

Sec. 2017. Performance metrics for electricity infrastructure providers.

Sec. 2018. State and regional distribution planning.

Sec. 2019. Authorization of appropriations.

Sec. 2020. State consideration of resilience.

Subtitle C—Advanced manufacturing

Sec. 2021. Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Sec. 2022. National Advanced Manufacturing Plan.

Sec. 2023. Advanced manufacturing supply chain report.

Sec. 2024. Leveraging existing agency programs to assist small and medium manufacturers.

Sec. 2025. Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hubs.

Sec. 2026. Advanced Materials Prize Competition Pilot Program.

Sec. 2027. Pilot program with original equipment manufacturers and public utilities.

Subtitle D—Building better trucks

Sec. 2031. Advanced technology vehicles manufacturing incentive program.

Subtitle E—Vehicle innovation

Sec. 2041. Findings.

Sec. 2042. Objectives.

Sec. 2043. Vehicle research and development program.

Sec. 2044. Medium- and heavy-duty commercial and transit vehicles program.

Sec. 2045. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle F—Carbon fiber recycling

Sec. 2051. Recycled carbon fiber study.

Sec. 2052. Carbon fiber recycling demonstration project.

Sec. 2053. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle G—Job creation through energy efficient manufacturing

Sec. 2061. Purpose.

Sec. 2062. Definitions.

Sec. 2063. Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program.

Sec. 2064. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle H—21st Century energy workforce

Sec. 2101. Findings.

Sec. 2102. Definitions.

Sec. 2103. National Center of Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce.

Sec. 2104. Energy workforce pilot grant program.

Subtitle I—Solar installations

Sec. 2111. Loan and grant program for solar installations in low-income and underserved areas.

Subtitle J—Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act

Sec. 2121. Definitions.

Sec. 2122. Distributed energy loan program.

Sec. 2123. Technical assistance and grant program.

Subtitle K—Geothermal energy opportunities

Sec. 2131. National goals for production and site identification.

Sec. 2132. Priority areas for development on Federal land.

Sec. 2133. Facilitation of coproduction of geothermal energy on oil and gas leases.

Sec. 2134. Cost-shared exploration.

Sec. 2135. Use of geothermal lease revenues.

Sec. 2136. Noncompetitive leasing of adjoining areas for development of geothermal resources.

Sec. 2137. Large-scale geothermal energy.

Sec. 2138. Report to Congress.

Sec. 2139. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle L—Clean coal technology research

Sec. 2141. Fossil energy.

Subtitle M—Long-term contracts

Sec. 2151. Contracts for Federal purchases of energy.

Subtitle N—Promoting renewable energy with shared solar

Sec. 2161. Provision of interconnection service and net billing service for community solar facilities.

Subtitle O—Report on Low- and No-Carbon Energy Technologies

Sec. 2171. Report.

Subtitle P—Loan programs

Sec. 2181. Terms and conditions for incentives for innovative technologies.

Sec. 2182. State loan eligibility.

TITLE III—Cutting pollution and waste

Subtitle A—Carbon savings goal

Sec. 3001. Policy of United States on addressing climate change.

Subtitle B—American energy efficiency

Sec. 3011. Energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas suppliers.

Subtitle C—Energy efficiency retrofit program

Sec. 3021. Energy efficiency retrofit pilot program.

Subtitle D—Weatherization enhancement and local energy efficiency investment and accountability

Sec. 3031. Findings.

Sec. 3032. Reauthorization of Weatherization Assistance Program.

Sec. 3033. Grants for new, self-sustaining low-income, single-family, and multifamily housing energy retrofit model programs to eligible multi-State housing and energy nonprofit organizations.

Sec. 3034. Standards program.

Sec. 3035. Reauthorization of State energy program.

Subtitle E—Utility energy service contracts improvement

Sec. 3041. Findings.

Sec. 3042. Utility energy service contracts.

Subtitle F—State residential building energy efficiency loan pilot program

Sec. 3051. State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program.

Subtitle G—Smart energy and water efficiency

Sec. 3061. Smart energy and water efficiency pilot program.

Subtitle H—Regional energy partnerships

Sec. 3071. Definitions.

Sec. 3072. Regional energy partnerships.

Sec. 3073. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle I—Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge

Sec. 3081. Definitions.

Sec. 3082. Phase 1: Initial allocation of grants to States.

Sec. 3083. Phase 2: Subsequent allocation of grants to States.

Sec. 3084. Allocation of grants to Indian tribes.

Sec. 3085. Administration.

Sec. 3086. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle J—Smart buildings

Sec. 3091. Definitions.

Subtitle K—Energy Study

Sec. 3101. Energy information study.

Sec. 3102. Grants to utilities.

Sec. 3103. Grants to States and units of local government.

Sec. 3104. Input From Stakeholders.

Sec. 3105. Report.

Subtitle L—Alternative fueled vehicles

Sec. 3111. Alternative fueled vehicle fleets and infrastructure.

Subtitle M—Outer Continental Shelf

Sec. 3121. Repeal of outer Continental Shelf deep water and deep gas royalty relief.

Sec. 3122. Disposition of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues from 181 Area, 181 South Area, and 2002–2007 planning areas of Gulf of Mexico.

Subtitle N—Venting and flaring of gas

Sec. 3131. Regulations to prevent or minimize venting and flaring of gas.

Sec. 3132. Assessment of venting and flaring of gas in production operations in United States.

Sec. 3133. Regulations.

Subtitle O—Production Incentive Fee

Sec. 3141. Production incentive fee.

Subtitle P—Reauthorization of Desalination Act

Sec. 3151. Reauthorization of Desalination Act.

Sec. 3152. Promoting water efficiency with WaterSense.

Sec. 3153. Increasing opportunities for agricultural conservation.

Sec. 3154. Support for innovative water supply and conservation technologies.

TITLE IV—Investing in Research and Development

Sec. 4001. Basic research.

Sec. 4002. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

TITLE V—Investing in clean energy

Sec. 5001. Amendment of 1986 Code.

Subtitle A—Clean energy tax credits

Sec. 5011. Clean energy production credit.

Sec. 5012. Clean energy investment credit.

Sec. 5013. Extensions and modifications of various energy provisions.

Subtitle B—Clean fuel tax credits

Sec. 5021. Clean fuel production credit.

Sec. 5022. Temporary extension of existing fuel incentives.

Subtitle C—Energy Efficiency Incentives

Sec. 5031. Credit for new energy efficient residential buildings.

Sec. 5032. Energy efficiency credit for existing residential buildings.

Sec. 5033. Deduction for new energy efficient commercial buildings.

Sec. 5034. Energy efficiency deduction for existing commercial buildings.

Subtitle D—Clean Electricity and Fuel Bonds

Sec. 5041. Clean Energy Bonds.

Subtitle E—Treatment of tar sands under excise taxes

Sec. 5051. Clarification of tar sands as crude oil for excise tax purposes.

Subtitle F—Closing big oil tax loopholes

Sec. 5061. Modifications of foreign tax credit rules applicable to major integrated oil companies which are dual capacity taxpayers.

Sec. 5062. Limitation on section 199 deduction attributable to oil, natural gas, or primary products thereof.

Sec. 5063. Limitation on deduction for intangible drilling and development costs; amortization of disallowed amounts.

Sec. 5064. Limitation on percentage depletion allowance for oil and gas wells.

Sec. 5065. Limitation on deduction for tertiary injectants.

TITLE VI—Conservation reauthorization

Sec. 6001. National Park Service Centennial Fund.

Sec. 6002. Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Sec. 6003. Historic preservation fund.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Department

The term Department means the Department of Energy.

(2)

Secretary

Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.

I

Empowering and protecting consumers

A

Access to consumer energy information

1001.

Consumer access to electric energy information

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall encourage and support the adoption of policies that allow electricity consumers access to their own electricity data.

(b)

Eligibility for State energy plans

Section 362(d) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6322(d)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (16), by striking and after the semicolon at the end;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (17) as paragraph (18); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (16) the following:

(17)

programs—

(A)

to enhance consumer access to and understanding of energy usage and price information, including consumers’ own residential and commercial electricity information; and

(B)

to allow for the development and adoption of innovative products and services to assist consumers in managing energy consumption and expenditures; and

.

(c)

Voluntary guidelines for electric consumer access

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Retail electric energy information

The term retail electric energy information means—

(i)

the electric energy consumption of an electric consumer over a defined time period;

(ii)

the retail electric energy prices or rates applied to the electricity usage for the defined time period described in clause (i) for the electric consumer;

(iii)

the estimated cost of service by the consumer, including (if smart meter usage information is available) the estimated cost of service since the last billing cycle of the consumer; and

(iv)

in the case of nonresidential electric meters, any other electrical information that the meter is programmed to record (such as demand measured in kilowatts, voltage, frequency, current, and power factor).

(B)

Smart meter

The term smart meter means the device used by an electric utility that—

(i)
(I)

measures electric energy consumption by an electric consumer at the home or facility of the electric consumer in intervals of 1 hour or less; and

(II)

is capable of sending electric energy usage information through a communications network to the electric utility; or

(ii)

meets the guidelines issued under paragraph (2).

(2)

Voluntary guidelines for electric consumer access

(A)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall issue voluntary guidelines that establish model standards for implementation of retail electric energy information access in States.

(B)

Consultation

Before issuing the voluntary guidelines, the Secretary shall—

(i)

consult with—

(I)

State and local regulatory authorities, including the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners;

(II)

other appropriate Federal agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology;

(III)

consumer and privacy advocacy groups;

(IV)

utilities;

(V)

the National Association of State Energy Officials; and

(VI)

other appropriate entities, including groups representing commercial and residential building owners and groups that represent demand response and electricity data devices and services; and

(ii)

provide notice and opportunity for comment.

(C)

State and local regulatory action

In issuing the voluntary guidelines, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, be guided by actions taken by State and local regulatory authorities to ensure electric consumer access to retail electric energy information, including actions taken after consideration of the standard established under section 111(d)(17) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)(17)).

(D)

Contents

(i)

In general

The voluntary guidelines shall provide guidance on issues necessary to carry out this subsection, including—

(I)

the timeliness and specificity of retail electric energy information;

(II)

appropriate nationally recognized open standards for data;

(III)

the protection of data security and electric consumer privacy, including consumer consent requirements; and

(IV)

issues relating to access of electric energy information for owners and managers of multitenant commercial and residential buildings.

(ii)

Inclusions

The voluntary guide­lines shall include guidance that—

(I)

retail electric energy information should be made available to electric consumers (and third-party designees of the electric consumers) in the United States—

(aa)

in an electronic machine readable form, without additional charge, in conformity with standards developed through a voluntary, consensus-based, multistakeholder process;

(bb)

as timely as is reasonably practicable;

(cc)

at the level of specificity that the data is transmitted by the meter or as is reasonably practicable; and

(dd)

in a manner that provides adequate protections for the security of the information and the privacy of the electric consumer;

(II)

in the case of an electric consumer that is served by a smart meter that can also communicate energy usage information to a device or network of an electric consumer or a device or network of a third party authorized by the consumer, considers providing to the consumer or third-party designee, at a minimum, access to usage information (not including price information) of the consumer directly from the smart meter;

(III)

retail electric energy information should be provided by the electric utility of the consumer or such other entity as may be designated by the applicable electric retail regulatory authority;

(IV)

retail electric energy information of the consumer should be made available to the consumer through a website or other electronic access authorized by the electric consumer, for a period of at least 13 months after the date on which the usage occurred;

(V)

consumer access to data, including data provided to owners and managers of commercial and multifamily buildings with multiple tenants, should not interfere with or compromise the integrity, security, or privacy of the operations of a utility and the electric consumer;

(VI)

electric energy information relating to usage information generated by devices in or on the property of the consumer that is transmitted to the electric utility should be made available to the electric consumer or the third-party agent designated by the electric consumer; and

(VII)

the same privacy and security requirements applicable to the contracting utility under subclause (I)(dd) should apply to third-party agents contracting with a utility to process the customer data of that utility.

(E)

Revisions

The Secretary shall periodically review and, as necessary, revise the voluntary guidelines to reflect changes in technology, privacy needs, and the market for electric energy and services.

(d)

Verification and implementation

(1)

In general

A State may submit to the Secretary a description of the data sharing policies of the State relating to consumer access to electric energy information for certification by the Secretary that the policies meet the voluntary guidelines issued under subsection (c)(2).

(2)

Assistance

Subject to the availability of funds under paragraph (3), the Secretary shall make Federal amounts available to any State that has data sharing policies described in paragraph (1) that the Secretary certifies meets the voluntary guidelines issued under subsection (c)(2) to assist the State in implementing section 362(d)(17) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6322(d)(17)).

(3)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2016, to remain available until expended.

B

Unfair trade practices prohibition in distributed generation

1011.

Investigation of distributed generation

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Distributed generation

The term distributed generation means the generation of electric energy for use at or near the point of generation.

(2)

Electric consumer

The term electric consumer means any person to whom electric energy is sold for purposes other than resale.

(3)

Electric utility

The term electric utility means any person that sells electric energy.

(4)

Interconnection practice

The term interconnection practice means any rate, charge, fee, requirement, or contractual term required by an electric utility—

(A)

to connect a distributed energy facility owned or operated by an electric consumer to facilities of the electric utility;

(B)

to purchase from an electric consumer electric energy generated by a distributed generation facility; or

(C)

to sell electric energy to an electric consumer that owns or operates a distributed generation facility.

(b)

Investigation

The Federal Trade Commission shall conduct an investigation to determine the extent to which interconnection practices impede the use of distributed generation.

(c)

Report

On completion of the investigation under subsection (b), the Federal Trade Commission shall—

(1)

identify any interconnection practice that substantially injures electric consumers and violates public policies promoting the development of distributed generation;

(2)

determine whether any interconnection practice identified under paragraph (1) is an unfair act or practice in or affecting commerce in violation of section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45); and

(3)

report to Congress the findings and conclusions of the investigation (including the determinations under paragraphs (1) and (2)) and any recommendations for additional legislation that the Commission determines is needed to remove unfair impediments to the development of distributed generation.

C

Enhanced grid security

1021.

Cybersecurity threats

Part II of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

224.

Cybersecurity threats

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Bulk-power system

The term bulk-power system has the meaning given the term in section 215.

(2)

Cybersecurity threat

The term cybersecurity threat means the imminent danger of an act that severely disrupts, attempts to severely disrupt, or poses a significant risk of severely disrupting the operation of programmable electronic devices or communications networks (including hardware, software, and data) essential to the reliable operation of the bulk-power system.

(3)

Electric reliability organization

The term Electric Reliability Organization has the meaning given the term in section 215.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.

(b)

Emergency Authority of Secretary

(1)

In general

If the President notifies the Secretary that the President has made a determination that immediate action is necessary to protect the bulk-power system from a cybersecurity threat, the Secretary may require, by order and with or without notice, any entity that is registered with the Electric Reliability Organization as an owner, operator, or user of the bulk-power system to take such actions as the Secretary determines will best avert or mitigate the cybersecurity threat.

(2)

Written explanation

As soon as practicable after notifying the Secretary under paragraph (1), the President shall—

(A)

provide to the Secretary, in writing, a record of the determination and an explanation of the reasons for the determination; and

(B)

promptly notify, in writing, congressional committees of relevant jurisdiction, including the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, of the contents of, and justification for, the directive or determination.

(3)

Coordination with Canada and Mexico

In exercising the authority pursuant to this subsection, the Secretary is encouraged to consult and coordinate with the appropriate officials in Canada and Mexico responsible for the protection of cybersecurity of the interconnected North American electricity grid.

(4)

Consultation

Before exercising authority pursuant to this subsection, to the maximum extent practicable, taking into consideration the nature of an identified cybersecurity threat and the urgency of need for action, the Secretary shall consult regarding implementation of actions that will effectively address the cybersecurity threat with—

(A)

any entities potentially subject to the cybersecurity threat that own, control, or operate bulk-power system facilities;

(B)

the Electric Reliability Organization;

(C)

the Electricity Sub-sector Coordinating Council (as established by the Electric Reliability Organization); and

(D)

officials of other Federal departments and agencies, as appropriate.

(5)

Cost recovery

(A)

In general

The Commission shall adopt regulations that permit entities subject to an order under paragraph (1) to seek recovery of prudently incurred costs required to implement actions ordered by the Secretary under this subsection.

(B)

Requirements

Any rate or charge approved under regulations adopted pursuant to this paragraph—

(i)

shall be just and reasonable; and

(ii)

shall not be unduly discriminatory or preferential.

(c)

Duration of emergency orders

An order issued by the Secretary pursuant to subsection (b) shall remain in effect for not longer than the 30-day period beginning on the effective date of the order, unless, during that 30 day-period, the Secretary—

(1)

provides to interested persons an opportunity to submit written data, recommendations, and arguments; and

(2)

affirms, amends, or repeals the order, subject to the condition that an amended order shall not exceed a total duration of 90 days.

.

1022.

Enhanced grid security

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Electric utility

The term electric utility has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).

(2)

ES-ISAC

The term ES-ISAC means the Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

(3)

National laboratory

The term National Laboratory has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801).

(4)

Sector-specific agency

The term Sector-Specific Agency has the meaning given the term in the Presidential policy directive entitled Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, numbered 21, and dated February 12, 2013.

(b)

Sector-specific agency for cybersecurity for the energy sector

(1)

In general

The Department shall be the lead Sector-Specific Agency for cybersecurity for the energy sector.

(2)

Duties

As the designated Sector-Specific Agency for cybersecurity, the duties of the Department shall include—

(A)

coordinating with the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant Federal departments and agencies;

(B)

collaborating with—

(i)

critical infrastructure owners and operators; and

(ii)

as appropriate—

(I)

independent regulatory agencies; and

(II)

State, local, tribal and territorial entities;

(C)

serving as a day-to-day Federal interface for the dynamic prioritization and coordination of sector-specific activities;

(D)

carrying out incident management responsibilities consistent with applicable law (including regulations) and other appropriate policies or directives;

(E)

providing, supporting, or facilitating technical assistance and consultations for the energy sector to identify vulnerabilities and help mitigate incidents, as appropriate; and

(F)

supporting the reporting requirements of the Department of Homeland Security under applicable law by providing, on an annual basis, sector-specific critical infrastructure information.

(c)

Cybersecurity for the energy sector research, development, and demonstration program

(1)

In general

The Secretary, in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies, the energy sector, the States, and other stakeholders, shall carry out a program—

(A)

to develop advanced cybersecurity applications and technologies for the energy sector—

(i)

to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities, including—

(I)

dependencies on other critical infrastructure; and

(II)

impacts from weather and fuel supply; and

(ii)

to advance the security of field devices, third-party control systems, and applications, including—

(I)

systems for generation, transmission, distribution, end use, and market functions;

(II)

specific electric grid elements including advanced metering, demand response, distributed generation, and electricity storage;

(III)

forensic analysis of infected systems; and

(IV)

secure communications;

(B)

to leverage electric grid architecture as a means to assess risks to the energy sector, including by implementing an all-hazards approach to communications infrastructure, control systems architecture, and power systems architecture;

(C)

to perform pilot demonstration projects with the energy sector to gain experience with new technologies; and

(D)

to develop workforce development curricula for energy sector-related cybersecurity.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $65,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

(d)

Energy sector component testing for cyberresilience program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall carry out a program—

(A)

to establish a cybertesting and mitigation program to identify vulnerabilities of energy sector supply chain products to known threats;

(B)

to oversee third-party cybertesting; and

(C)

to develop procurement guidelines for energy sector supply chain components.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

(e)

Energy sector operational support for cyberresilience program

(1)

In general

The Secretary may carry out a program—

(A)

to enhance and periodically test—

(i)

the emergency response capabilities of the Department; and

(ii)

the coordination of the Department with other agencies, the National Laboratories, and private industry;

(B)

to expand cooperation of the Department with the public sector and intelligence communities for energy sector-related threat collection and analysis;

(C)

to enhance the tools of the Department and ES-ISAC for monitoring the status of the energy sector;

(D)

to expand industry participation in ES-ISAC; and

(E)

to provide technical assistance to small electric utilities for purposes of assessing cybermaturity level.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

(f)

Modeling and assessing energy infrastructure risk

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall develop an advanced energy security program to secure energy networks and applications, including electric, natural gas, and oil exploration, transmission, and delivery.

(2)

Security and resiliency objective

The objective of the program developed under paragraph (1) is to increase the functional preservation of the electric grid operations or natural gas and oil operations in the face of natural and human-made threats and hazards, including electric magnetic pulse and geomagnetic disturbances.

(3)

Eligible activities

In carrying out the program developed under paragraph (1), the Secretary may—

(A)

develop capabilities to identify vulnerabilities and critical components that pose major risks to grid security if destroyed or impaired;

(B)

provide modeling at the national level to predict impacts from natural or human-made events;

(C)

develop a maturity model for physical security and cybersecurity;

(D)

conduct exercises and assessments to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities to the electric grid, including providing mitigation recommendations;

(E)

conduct research hardening solutions for critical components of the electric grid;

(F)

conduct research mitigation and recovery solutions for critical components of the electric grid; and

(G)

provide technical assistance to States and other entities for standards and risk analysis.

(4)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

(g)

Leveraging existing programs

The programs established under this section shall be carried out consistent with—

(1)

the report of the Department entitled Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity and dated 2011;

(2)

existing programs of the Department; and

(3)

any associated strategic framework that links together academic and National Laboratory researchers, electric utilities, manufacturers, and any other relevant private industry organizations, including the Electricity Sub-sector Coordinating Council.

(h)

Study

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, shall conduct a study to explore alternative management structures and funding mechanisms to expand industry membership and participation in ES-ISAC.

(2)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1).

D

Capacity markets study

1031.

GAO capacity market impact study

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall—

(1)

conduct a study of the effects of forward capacity auctions or other capacity mechanisms that have been established by Independent System Operators or Regional Transmission Organizations on—

(A)

consumer prices for electricity;

(B)

the installation of new electrical generation systems;

(C)

the preservation of existing electrical generation systems; and

(D)

competition in energy markets, including the potential for the use of undue market power or manipulation in the auctions; and

(2)

submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1), including an assessment of whether the auctions or capacity mechanisms are producing rates that are just and reasonable.

E

Severe coal supply emergency response

1041.

Severe coal supply emergency response

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Board

The term Board means the Surface Transportation Board.

(2)

Electric reliability organization

The term Electric Reliability Organization has the meaning given the term in section 215 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o).

(3)

Form OE-417

The term Form OE-417 means the form entitled Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report (or a successor form) and filed in accordance with the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 761 et seq.).

(4)

Severe coal supply emergency

The term severe coal supply emergency means a coal supply deficiency reported to the Department on Form OE-417.

(b)

Coordination and report

(1)

Reporting duty

On the filing of a Form OE-417 that reports a severe coal supply emergency, the Secretary shall notify the Board and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

(2)

Consultation and coordination

The Secretary, the Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and, as appropriate, the Electric Reliability Organization, shall, to the maximum extent practicable, consult and coordinate with each other to alleviate and prevent recurrences of a severe coal supply emergency.

(3)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Board, the Commission, and, as appropriate, the Electric Reliability Organization, shall submit a report to Congress that analyzes and includes recommendations with respect to—

(A)

the effects of rail congestion on the flow of energy commodities such as coal;

(B)

the effects of rail congestion on the reliability of the bulk-power system (as that term is defined in section 215 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o));

(C)

the advisability of creating a minimum coal stockpile requirement; and

(D)

other appropriate measures that could prevent the development or recurrence of severe coal supply emergencies.

F

Energy markets

1051.

Enhanced information on critical energy supplies

(a)

In general

Section 205 of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7135) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(n)

Collection of information on critical energy supplies

(1)

In general

To ensure transparency of information relating to energy infrastructure and product ownership in the United States and improve the ability to evaluate the energy security of the United States, the Administrator, in consultation with other Federal agencies (as necessary), shall—

(A)

not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, develop and provide notice of a plan to collect, in cooperation with the Commodity Futures Trade Commission, information identifying all oil inventories, and other physical oil assets (including all petroleum-based products and the storage of such products in off-shore tankers), that are owned by the 50 largest traders of oil contracts (including derivative contracts), as determined by the Commodity Futures Trade Commission; and

(B)

not later than 90 days after the date on which notice is provided under subparagraph (A), implement the plan described in that subparagraph.

(2)

Information

The plan required under paragraph (1) shall include a description of the plan of the Administrator for collecting company-specific data, including—

(A)

volumes of product under ownership; and

(B)

storage and transportation capacity (including owned and leased capacity).

(3)

Protection of proprietary information

Section 12(f) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 771(f)) shall apply to information collected under this subsection.

(o)

Collection of information on storage capacity for oil and natural gas

(1)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration shall collect information quantifying the commercial storage capacity for oil and natural gas in the United States.

(2)

Updates

The Administrator shall update annually the information required under paragraph (1).

(3)

Protection of proprietary information

Section 12(f) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 771(f)) shall apply to information collected under this subsection.

(p)

Financial market analysis office

(1)

Establishment

There shall be within the Energy Information Administration a Financial Market Analysis Office, headed by a director, who shall report directly to the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration.

(2)

Duties

The Office shall—

(A)

be responsible for analysis of the financial aspects of energy markets;

(B)

review the reports required by section 1053(c) of the American Energy Innovation Act, in advance of the submission of the reports to Congress; and

(C)

not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this subsection—

(i)

make recommendations to the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration that identify and quantify any additional resources that are required to improve the ability of the Energy Information Administration to more fully integrate financial market information into the analyses and forecasts of the Energy Information Administration, including the role of energy futures contracts, energy commodity swaps, and derivatives in price formation for oil;

(ii)

conduct a review of implications of policy changes and changes in how crude oil and refined petroleum products are transported with respect to price formation of crude oil and refined petroleum products; and

(iii)

notify the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and the Committee on Appropriations, of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Committee on Appropriations, of the House of Representatives of the recommendations described in clause (i).

(3)

Analyses

The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration shall take analyses by the Office into account in conducting analyses and forecasting of energy prices.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 645 of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7255) is amended by inserting (15 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.) and the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717 et seq.) after Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978.

1052.

Working Group on Energy Markets

(a)

Establishment

There is established a Working Group on Energy Markets (referred to in this subtitle as the Working Group).

(b)

Composition

The Working Group shall be composed of—

(1)

the Secretary;

(2)

the Secretary of the Treasury;

(3)

the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;

(4)

the Chairman of Federal Trade Commission;

(5)

the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission;

(6)

the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and

(7)

the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration.

(c)

Chairperson

The Secretary shall serve as the Chairperson of the Working Group.

(d)

Compensation

A member of the Working Group shall serve without additional compensation for the work of the member of the Working Group.

(e)

Purpose and function

The Working Group shall—

(1)

investigate the effect of increased financial investment in energy commodities on energy prices and the energy security of the United States;

(2)

recommend to the President and Congress laws (including regulations) that may be needed to prevent excessive speculation in energy commodity markets in order to prevent or minimize the adverse impact of excessive speculation on energy prices on consumers and the economy of the United States; and

(3)

review energy security implications of developments in international energy markets.

(f)

Administration

The Secretary shall provide the Working Group with such administrative and support services as may be necessary for the performance of the functions of the Working Group.

(g)

Cooperation of other agencies

The heads of Executive departments, agencies, and independent instrumentalities shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the Working Group with such information as the Working Group requires to carry out this section.

(h)

Consultation

The Working Group shall consult, as appropriate, with representatives of the various exchanges, clearinghouses, self-regulatory bodies, other major market participants, consumers, and the general public.

1053.

Study of regulatory framework for energy markets

(a)

Study

The Working Group shall conduct a study—

(1)

to identify the factors that affect the pricing of crude oil and refined petroleum products, including an examination of the effects of market speculation on prices; and

(2)

to review and assess—

(A)

existing statutory authorities relating to the oversight and regulation of markets critical to the energy security of the United States; and

(B)

the need for additional statutory authority for the Federal Government to effectively oversee and regulate markets critical to the energy security of the United States.

(b)

Elements of study

The study shall include—

(1)

an examination of price formation of crude oil and refined petroleum products;

(2)

an examination of relevant international regulatory regimes; and

(3)

an examination of the degree to which changes in energy market transparency, liquidity, and structure have influenced or driven abuse, manipulation, excessive speculation, or inefficient price formation.

(c)

Report and recommendations

The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives quarterly progress reports during the conduct of the study under this section, and a final report not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, that—

(1)

describes the results of the study; and

(2)

provides options and the recommendations of the Working Group for appropriate Federal coordination of oversight and regulatory actions to ensure transparency of crude oil and refined petroleum product pricing and the elimination of excessive speculation, including recommendations on data collection and analysis to be carried out by the Financial Market Analysis Office established by section 205(p) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7135(p)).

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.

G

Transmission

1061.

Report by transmission organizations on distributed energy resources and microgrid systems

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Distributed energy resource

The term distributed energy resource means an electricity supply resource that, as permitted by State law—

(A)
(i)

is interconnected to the electric system operated by a transmission organization at or below 69kV; and

(ii)

is subject to dispatch by the transmission organization; and

(B)
(i)

generates electricity using any primary energy source, including solar energy and other renewable resources; or

(ii)

stores energy and is capable of supplying electricity to the electric system operated by the transmission organization from the storage reservoir.

(2)

Electric generating capacity resource

The term electric generating capacity resource means an electric generating resource, as measured by the maximum load-carrying ability of the resource, exclusive of station use and planned, unplanned, or other outage or derating, that is subject to dispatch by a transmission organization to meet the resource adequacy needs of the systems operated by the transmission organization.

(3)

Microgrid system

The term microgrid system means an electrically distinct system under common control that—

(A)

serves an electric load at or below 69kV from a distributed energy resource or electric generating capacity resource; and

(B)

is subject to dispatch by a transmission organization.

(4)

Transmission organization

The term transmission organization has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).

(b)

Report

(1)

Notice

Not later than 14 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Commission shall submit to each transmission organization notice that the transmission organization is required to file with the Commission a report in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date on which a transmission organization receives a notice under paragraph (1), the transmission organization shall submit to the Commission a report that—

(A)
(i)

identifies distributed energy resources and micro-grid systems that are subject to dispatch by the transmission organization as of the date of the report; and

(ii)

describes the fuel sources and operational characteristics of such distributed energy resources and micro-grid systems, including, to the maximum extent practicable, a discussion of the benefits and costs associated with the distributed energy resources and microgrid systems identified under clause (i);

(B)

evaluates, with due regard for operational and economic benefits and costs, the potential for distributed energy resources and microgrid systems to be deployed to the transmission organization over the short- and long-term periods in the planning cycle of the transmission organization; and

(C)

identifies—

(i)

over the short- and long-term periods in the planning cycle of the transmission organization, barriers to the deployment to the transmission organization of distributed energy resources and microgrid systems; and

(ii)

potential changes to the operational requirements for, or charges associated with, the interconnection of distributed energy resources and microgrid systems to the transmission organization that would reduce the barriers identified under clause (i).

1062.

Net metering study guidance

Title XVIII of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58; 119 Stat. 1122) is amended by adding at the end the following:

1841.

Net energy metering study

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall—

(1)

issue guidance on criteria required to be included in studies of net metering conducted by the Department; and

(2)

undertake a study of net energy metering.

(b)

Requirements and contents

The model guidance issued under subsection (a) shall clarify without prejudice to other study criteria that any study of net energy metering, including the study conducted by the Department under subsection (a) shall—

(1)

be publicly available; and

(2)

assess benefits and costs of net energy metering, including—

(A)

load data, including hourly profiles;

(B)

distributed generation production data;

(C)

best available technology, including inverter capability; and

(D)

benefits and costs of distributed energy deployment, including—

(i)

environmental benefits;

(ii)

changes in electric system reliability;

(iii)

changes in peak power requirements;

(iv)

provision of ancillary services, including reactive power;

(v)

changes in power quality;

(vi)

changes in land-use effects;

(vii)

changes in right-of-way acquisition costs;

(viii)

changes in vulnerability to terrorism; and

(ix)

changes in infrastructure resilience.

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II

Modernizing infrastructure

A

QER recommendations

2001.

Natural gas distribution system improvement program

Part 4 of title II of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

256.

Establishment of a natural gas distribution system improvement program

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Leak-prone distribution pipeline

The term leak-prone distribution pipeline means a natural gas distribution system pipeline constructed of leak prone materials, such as cast iron or bare steel.

(2)

Low-income household

The term low-income household means a household—

(A)

the combined income of which is equal to or less than 200 percent of the poverty level; or

(B)

determined to be eligible by the State in which the household is located under the low-income home energy assistance program established under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8621 et seq.) using an eligibility standard based on—

(i)

150 percent of the poverty level; or

(ii)

60 percent of the median income in the State.

(b)

Establishment

The Secretary shall make grants to eligible entities on a competitive basis to accelerate or expand utility programs that improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas distribution systems.

(c)

Eligibility

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), to be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (b), an entity shall be—

(A)

a State;

(B)

the District of Columbia;

(C)

the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

(D)

any other territory or possession of the United States; or

(E)

a tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).

(2)

Other entities

If an entity described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of paragraph (1) does not apply for a grant under subsection (b), units of general purpose local government, community action agencies, and other nonprofit agencies located in that entity shall be eligible to apply for a grant.

(d)

Use of funds

An eligible entity receiving a grant under subsection (b)—

(1)

shall only use grant amounts for new or expanded programs that are approved by a public utility commission (or an equivalent entity) after April 21, 2015; and

(2)

may use grant amounts—

(A)

to accelerate the rate of replacement and repair of leak-prone distribution pipelines; and

(B)

for directed inspection and maintenance programs.

(e)

Low-income assistance

As a condition of receiving a grant under subsection (b), an eligible entity shall ensure that the grant amounts are used to offset the cost to low-income households of incremental increases in household bills associated with system upgrades using grant amounts.

(f)

Application process

An eligible entity desiring a grant under subsection (b) shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(g)

Selection

In selecting grant recipients, the Secretary shall—

(1)

prioritize eligible entities that emphasize safety over other program benefits; and

(2)

with respect to the application proposal of an eligible entity, consider and estimate the net benefits of the proposed—

(A)

magnitude of methane emission reductions;

(B)

use of innovative technology and policy approaches;

(C)

number of low-income households estimated to benefit from the proposed program; and

(D)

demonstrated coordination with a broad range of stakeholders, including the public utility commission (or equivalent entity), consumer advocates, and utilities.

(h)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,500,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2016 through 2019.

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2002.

Strategy for managing the risks associated with the loss or disruption of power from large power transformers

Part II of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

224.

Strategy for managing the risks associated with the loss or disruption of power from large power transformers

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary of Energy (referred to in this section as the Secretary), in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the heads of other Federal agencies, States, and representatives of the electric industry, shall develop a strategy for identifying and managing the risks associated with the loss of power from large power transformers.

(b)

Reserve

In developing the strategy under subsection (a), the Secretary shall evaluate the establishment of 1 or more transformer reserves as an approach to mitigating the risks described in subsection (a).

(c)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that—

(1)

describes the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Secretary with respect to the strategy required to be developed under subsection (a); and

(2)

includes an implementation plan for that strategy.

(d)

Strategic Transformer Reserve

On submission of the report under subsection (c), the Secretary may establish a Strategic Transformer Reserve.

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2003.

Consolidation of release authorities

(a)

Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended by striking section 183 (42 U.S.C. 6250b) and inserting the following:

183.

Conditions for release

The Secretary may sell products from the Reserve only after the President makes a finding of a severe energy supply interruption in accordance with section 161(d), except that references to petroleum products and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in that section shall be deemed to be references to petroleum distillate and the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, respectively.

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(b)

Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve

The Secretary may sell products from the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve only after making a finding of a severe energy supply interruption in accordance with section 161(d) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6241(d)), except that references to petroleum products and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in that section shall be deemed to be references to gasoline and the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve, respectively.

2004.

Modernization of Strategic Petroleum Reserve release authorities

Section 161(d)(2) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6241(d)(2)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by striking (A) an emergency and inserting the following:

(A)
(i)

an emergency

;

(2)

by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as clauses (ii) and (iii), respectively;

(3)

in clause (ii) (as so redesignated), by striking has resulted and inserting will likely result;

(4)

in clause (iii) (as so redesignated), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(5)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

an interruption in the global oil supply exists that is likely to cause a severe increase in the price of domestic petroleum products, regardless of whether the interruption results in a loss of oil imports to the United States.

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2005.

Optimization of emergency response capability of Strategic Petroleum Reserve

(a)

In general

Part B of title I of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

170.

Optimization of emergency response capability of Strategic Petroleum Reserve

(a)

Analysis

The Secretary shall carry out an analysis, including detailed engineering studies, of the appropriate size and configuration of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

(b)

Funding for SPR infrastructure and distribution systems

After performing the analysis under subsection (a) and subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary may provide funds for Strategic Petroleum Reserve infrastructure and distribution systems in order to optimize the ability of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to protect the economy of the United States in an emergency supply situation.

(c)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2,000,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2016 through 2019.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of contents for the Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 169 the following:

Sec. 170. Optimization of emergency response capability of Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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B

Grid modernization and storage

2011.

Definition of Secretary

In this subtitle (other than section 2012), the term Secretary means the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

2012.

Grid storage program

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall conduct a program of research, development, and demonstration of electric grid energy storage that addresses the principal challenges identified in the 2013 Department of Energy Strategic Plan for Grid Energy Storage.

(b)

Areas of focus

The program under this section shall focus on—

(1)

materials and electrochemical systems research;

(2)

power conversion technologies research;

(3)

developing—

(A)

empirical and science-based industry standards to compare the storage capacity, cycle length and capabilities, and reliability of different types of electricity storage; and

(B)

validation and testing techniques;

(4)

other fundamental and applied research critical to widespread deployment of electricity storage;

(5)

device development that builds on results from research described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (4), including combinations of power electronics, advanced optimizing controls, and energy storage as a general purpose element of the electric grid;

(6)

grid-scale testing and analysis of storage devices, including test-beds and field trials;

(7)

cost-benefit analyses that inform capital expenditure planning for regulators and owners and operators of components of the electric grid;

(8)

electricity storage device safety and reliability, including potential failure modes, mitigation measures, and operational guidelines;

(9)

standards for storage device performance, control interface, grid interconnection, and interoperability; and

(10)

maintaining a public database of energy storage projects, policies, codes, standards, and regulations.

(c)

Assistance to states

The Secretary may provide technical and financial assistance to States, Indian tribes, or units of local government to participate in or use research, development, or deployment of technology developed under this section.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2026.

2013.

Technology demonstration and the distribution system

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a grant program to carry out eligible projects relating to the modernization of the electric grid, including the application of technologies to improve observability, advanced controls, and prediction of system performance on the distribution system.

(b)

Eligible projects

To be eligible for a grant under subsection (a), a project shall—

(1)

be designed to improve the performance and efficiency of the future electric grid, while ensuring the continued provision of safe, secure, reliable, and affordable power; and

(2)

demonstrate—

(A)

secure integration and management of 2 or more energy resources, including distributed energy generation, combined heat and power, microgrids, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, demand response, and intelligent loads; and

(B)

secure integration and interoperability of communications and information technologies.

(c)

Participation

Projects conducted under subsection (a) shall include the participation of a partnership consisting of 2 or more entities that—

(1)

may include—

(A)

any institution of higher education;

(B)

a National Laboratory;

(C)

a representative of a State or local government;

(D)

a representative of an Indian tribe; or

(E)

a Federal power marketing administration; and

(2)

shall include not fewer than 1 of any of—

(A)

an investor-owned electric utility;

(B)

a publicly owned utility;

(C)

a technology provider;

(D)

a rural electric cooperative;

(E)

a regional transmission organization; or

(F)

an independent system operator.

(d)

Select areas of focus

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall ensure that not fewer than 1 project conducted under subsection (a) is—

(A)

a transactive energy project that implements a system of economic or control mechanisms that optimizes the dynamic balance of supply and demand across the electrical infrastructure, using economic value as a key operational parameter; and

(B)

a valuation innovation project that evaluates or implements markets, rates, and other ways of appropriately valuing the grid services provided by demand response, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, storage, distributed generation, and other generation technologies to ensure—

(i)

appropriate cost-recovery;

(ii)

reliability of the distribution grid; and

(iii)

increased penetration of demand response, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, storage, distributed generation, and other generation technologies.

(e)

Cybersecurity plan

Each project conducted under subsection (a) shall include the development of a cybersecurity plan approved by the Secretary.

(f)

Privacy best practices

In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall identify best practices for the implementation of the 5 core concepts of the Department relating to the collection, use, disclosure, and retention of information, as described in the Voluntary Code of Conduct of the Department.

(g)

Working groups

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish 1 or more working groups, to be composed of representatives of projects conducted under subsection (a), that shall—

(A)

meet periodically to discuss implementation of the projects, including challenges and potential solutions held in common by the projects; and

(B)

submit to the Secretary such information resulting from the meetings as the Secretary may require.

(2)

Reports

The Secretary shall periodically publish reports and other appropriate materials based on the information provided by the working groups under paragraph (1)(B).

2014.

Microgrid systems for isolated and resilient communities

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Hybrid microgrid system

The term hybrid microgrid system means a stand-alone electrical system that—

(A)

is comprised of conventional generation and at least 1 alternative energy resource; and

(B)

may use grid-scale energy storage.

(2)

Isolated community

The term isolated community means a community that is powered by a stand-alone electric generation and distribution system without the economic and reliability benefits of connection to a regional electric grid.

(3)

Microgrid system

The term microgrid system means a standalone electrical system that uses grid-scale energy storage.

(4)

Strategy

The term strategy means the strategy developed under subsection (b)(2)(B).

(b)

Program

(1)

Establishment

The Secretary shall establish a program to promote the development of—

(A)

hybrid microgrid systems for isolated communities; and

(B)

microgrid systems to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure.

(2)

Phases

The program established under paragraph (1) shall be carried out in phases, including—

(A)

phase I, which shall consist of the development of a feasibility assessment for—

(i)

hybrid microgrid systems in isolated communities; and

(ii)

microgrid systems to enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure;

(B)

phase II, which shall consist of the development of an implementation strategy in accordance with paragraph (3) to promote the development of hybrid microgrid systems for isolated communities, particularly for those communities exposed to extreme weather conditions and high energy costs, including electricity, space heating and cooling, and transportation;

(C)

phase III, which shall—

(i)

be carried out simultaneously with phase II; and

(ii)

consist of the development of an implementation strategy to promote the development of microgrid systems that increase the resilience of critical infrastructure;

(D)

phase IV, which shall consist of cost-shared demonstration projects that—

(i)

are based on the strategies developed under subparagraph (B); and

(ii)

include the development of physical and cybersecurity plans to take appropriate measures to protect and secure the electric grid; and

(E)

phase V, which shall establish a benefits analysis plan to help inform regulators, policymakers, and industry stakeholders about the affordability, environmental, and resilience benefits associated with phases II, III, and IV.

(3)

Requirements for strategy

In developing the strategy under paragraph (2)(B), the Secretary shall consider—

(A)

establishing future targets for the economic displacement of conventional generation using hybrid microgrid systems, including displacement of conventional generation used for electric power generation, heating and cooling, and transportation;

(B)

the potential for renewable resources, including wind, solar, and hydropower, to be integrated into a hybrid microgrid system;

(C)

opportunities for improving the efficiency of existing hybrid microgrid systems;

(D)

the capacity of the local workforce to operate, maintain, and repair a hybrid microgrid system;

(E)

opportunities to develop the capacity of the local workforce to operate, maintain, and repair a hybrid microgrid system;

(F)

leveraging existing capacity within local or regional research organizations, such as organizations based at institutions of higher education, to support development of hybrid microgrid systems, including by testing novel components and systems prior to field deployment;

(G)

the need for basic infrastructure to develop, deploy, and sustain a hybrid microgrid system;

(H)

input of traditional knowledge from local leaders of isolated communities in the development of a hybrid microgrid system;

(I)

the impact of hybrid microgrid systems on defense, homeland security, economic development, and environmental interests;

(J)

opportunities to leverage existing interagency coordination efforts and recommendations for new interagency coordination efforts to minimize unnecessary overhead, mobilization, and other project costs; and

(K)

any other criteria the Secretary determines appropriate.

(c)

Collaboration

The program established under subsection (b)(1) shall be carried out in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including, as appropriate—

(1)

States;

(2)

Indian tribes;

(3)

regional entities and regulators;

(4)

units of local government;

(5)

institutions of higher education; and

(6)

private sector entities.

(d)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on—

(1)

the efforts to implement the program established under subsection (b)(1); and

(2)

the status of the strategy developed under subsection (b)(2)(B).

2015.

Electric system grid architecture, scenario development, and modeling

(a)

Grid architecture and scenario development

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall establish and facilitate a collaborative process to develop model grid architecture and a set of future scenarios for the electric system to examine the impacts of different combinations of resources (including different quantities of distributed energy resources and large-scale, central generation) on the electric grid.

(2)

Market structure

The grid architecture and scenarios developed under paragraph (1) shall account for differences in market structure, including an examination of the potential for stranded costs in each type of market structure.

(3)

Findings

Based on the findings of grid architecture developed under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—

(A)

determine whether any additional standards are necessary to ensure the interoperability of grid systems and associated communications networks; and

(B)

if the Secretary makes a determination that additional standards are necessary under subparagraph (A), make recommendations for additional standards.

(b)

Modeling

Subject to subsection (c), the Secretary shall—

(1)

conduct modeling based on the scenarios developed under subsection (a); and

(2)

analyze and evaluate the technical and financial impacts of the models to assist States, utilities, and other stakeholders in—

(A)

enhancing strategic planning efforts;

(B)

avoiding stranded costs; and

(C)

maximizing the cost-effectiveness of future grid-related investments.

(c)

Input

The Secretary shall develop the scenarios and conduct the modeling and analysis under subsections (a) and (b) with participation or input, as appropriate, from—

(1)

the National Laboratories;

(2)

States;

(3)

State regulatory authorities;

(4)

transmission organizations;

(5)

representatives of the electric industry;

(6)

academic institutions;

(7)

independent research institutes; and

(8)

other entities.

2016.

Voluntary model pathways

(a)

Establishment of voluntary model pathways

(1)

Establishment

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall initiate the development of voluntary model pathways for modernizing the electric grid through a collaborative, public-private effort that—

(A)

produces illustrative policy pathways that can be adapted for State and regional applications by regulators and policymakers;

(B)

facilitates the modernization of the electric grid to achieve the objectives described in paragraph (2);

(C)

ensures a reliable, resilient, affordable, safe, and secure electric system; and

(D)

acknowledges and provides for different priorities, electric systems, and rate structures across States and regions.

(2)

Objectives

The pathways established under paragraph (1) shall facilitate achievement of the following objectives:

(A)

Near real-time situational awareness of the electric system.

(B)

Data visualization.

(C)

Advanced monitoring and control of the advanced electric grid.

(D)

Enhanced certainty for private investment in the electric system.

(E)

Increased innovation.

(F)

Greater consumer empowerment.

(G)

Enhanced grid resilience, reliability, and robustness.

(H)

Improved—

(i)

integration of distributed energy resources;

(ii)

interoperability of the electric system; and

(iii)

predictive modeling and capacity forecasting.

(3)

Steering committee

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a steering committee to facilitate the development of the pathways under paragraph (1), to be composed of members appointed by the Secretary, consisting of persons with appropriate expertise representing a diverse range of interests in the public, private, and academic sectors, including representatives of—

(A)

the Smart Grid Task Force; and

(B)

the Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

(b)

Technical assistance

The Secretary may provide technical assistance to States, Indian tribes, or units of local government to adopt 1 or more elements of the pathways developed under subsection (a)(1).

2017.

Performance metrics for electricity infrastructure providers

(a)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that includes—

(1)

an evaluation of the performance of the electric grid as of the date of the report; and

(2)

a description of the quantified costs and benefits associated with the changes evaluated under the scenarios developed under section 2015.

(b)

Considerations for development of metrics

In developing metrics for evaluating and quantifying the electric grid under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consider—

(1)

standard methodologies for calculating improvements or deteriorations in the performance metrics, such as reliability, grid efficiency, power quality, consumer satisfaction, sustainability, and financial incentives;

(2)

standard methodologies for calculating value to ratepayers, including broad economic and related impacts from improvements to the performance metrics;

(3)

appropriate ownership and operating roles for electric utilities that would enable improved performance through the adoption of emerging, commercially available or advanced grid technologies or solutions, including—

(A)

multicustomer microgrids;

(B)

distributed energy resources;

(C)

energy storage;

(D)

electric vehicles;

(E)

electric vehicle charging infrastructure;

(F)

integrated information and communications systems;

(G)

transactive energy systems; and

(H)

advanced demand management systems; and

(4)

with respect to States, the role of the grid operator in enabling a robust future electric system to ensure that—

(A)

electric utilities remain financially viable;

(B)

electric utilities make the needed investments that ensure a reliable, secure, and resilient grid; and

(C)

costs incurred to transform to an integrated grid are allocated and recovered responsibly, efficiently, and equitably.

2018.

State and regional distribution planning

(a)

In general

On the request of a State or regional organization, the Secretary shall partner with States and regional organizations to facilitate the development of State and regional electricity distribution plans by—

(1)

conducting a resource assessment and analysis of future demand and distribution requirements; and

(2)

developing open source tools for State and regional planning and operations.

(b)

Risk and security analysis

The assessment under subsection (a)(1) shall include—

(1)

the evaluation of the physical and cybersecurity needs of an advanced distribution management system and the integration of distributed energy resources; and

(2)

advanced use of grid architecture to analyze risks in an all-hazards approach that includes communications infrastructure, control systems architecture, and power systems architecture.

(c)

Technical assistance

For the purpose of developing State and regional electricity distribution plans, the Secretary shall provide technical assistance to—

(1)

States;

(2)

regional reliability entities; and

(3)

other distribution asset owners and operators.

2019.

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out sections 2013 through 2018 $200,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2026.

2020.

State consideration of resilience

(a)

Adoption of standards

Section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(20)

Resilience

(A)

Definition of electric grid resilience

The term electric grid resilience means the ability of the electric grid to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and rapidly recover from disruptions.

(B)

Required consideration

Each electric utility shall incorporate into the regular planning process of the electric utility consideration of investments in electric grid resilience.

(C)

Factors

Consideration under subparagraph (B) shall include an evaluation of potential benefits of enhancing electric grid resilience, including—

(i)

system stability under severe and nontraditional hazards;

(ii)

adaptation to region-specific natural threats and vulnerabilities;

(iii)

adaptation to climate change-related extreme weather disruptions;

(iv)

support provided to interdependent critical infrastructures reliant on energy services to operate;

(v)

reduced costs under normal operating conditions;

(vi)

enhanced distributed generation and microgrid functionality to operate as an integrated energy system in intentional islanding mode;

(vii)

localized energy generation that avoids incurrence of transmission and distribution losses;

(viii)

system operational flexibility; and

(ix)

ancillary environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas reductions.

.

(b)

Compliance

(1)

Time limitations

Section 112(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(7)
(A)

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which it has ratemaking authority), and each nonregulated electric utility, shall—

(i)

commence the consideration referred to in section 111; or

(ii)

set a hearing date for such consideration, with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

(B)

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which it has ratemaking authority), and each nonregulated electric utility, shall—

(i)

complete the consideration required under subparagraph (A); and

(ii)

make the determination referred to in section 111 with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

.

(2)

Failure to comply

Section 112(c) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph..

C

Advanced manufacturing

2021.

Advanced Manufacturing Office

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary shall establish, within the Department, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (referred to in this subtitle as the Office)—

(1)

to carry out basic and applied research, development, and demonstration of new, energy-efficient processes and materials—

(A)

at a scale adequate to prove the value of the processes and materials to manufacturers in multiple industries; and

(B)

that facilitate investments and commercial scale-up;

(2)

to focus on the conduct of activities that—

(A)

use new technology and processes to reuse existing products or update existing processes to achieve energy efficiency and promote energy savings; and

(B)

make use of new and emerging processes and materials;

(3)

to improve workforce development in advanced manufacturing; and

(4)

to enable the competitiveness of manufacturers and energy efficiency of manufacturing in the United States by developing broadly applicable technologies for energy-intensive and energy-dependent manufacturing by supporting research and development directed towards—

(A)

advanced and critical materials that provide energy savings and efficiency;

(B)

emerging topics, technology, and processes in advanced manufacturing that promote energy savings;

(C)

manufacturing platforms for advanced energy technologies; and

(D)

strategies to address current and future workforce needs within the manufacturing sector.

(b)

Industry participation

To the maximum extent practicable, the Office shall carry out activities in partnership or collaboration with relevant industry stakeholders.

(c)

Interagency and intra-agency coordination

The Secretary shall coordinate research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities of the Office among—

(1)

relevant programs within the Department, including—

(A)

the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;

(B)

the Office of Fossil Energy;

(C)

the Office of Nuclear Energy;

(D)

ARPA–E;

(E)

the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis; and

(F)

other offices of the Department, as determined to be appropriate by the Secretary; and

(2)

relevant technology research and development programs and workforce training programs in other Federal agencies.

2022.

National Advanced Manufacturing Plan

(a)

In General

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, shall enter into an agreement with the National Academies to develop a national plan for smart and advanced manufacturing technology development and deployment to improve the productivity, competitiveness, and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector of the United States.

(b)

Contents

(1)

In general

The plan developed under subsection (a) shall identify areas in which actions by the Secretary and the heads of other relevant Federal agencies would—

(A)

accelerate the development, deployment, and adoption of smart and advanced manufacturing technologies and processes;

(B)

result in greater energy efficiency of, and lower environmental impacts for, all United States manufacturers;

(C)

enhance competitiveness and strengthen the manufacturing sectors of the United States; and

(D)

improve workforce training, career and technical education, and incumbent worker training between manufacturing industry and training providers.

(2)

Inclusions

In identifying agency actions under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall include—

(A)

an assessment of actions of the Department relating to smart and advanced manufacturing that were carried out before or after the date of enactment of this Act;

(B)

the establishment of voluntary interconnection protocols and performance standards;

(C)

the commercialization of existing research results;

(D)

an assessment of existing high-performance and cloud computing infrastructure and opportunities for those technologies to play a role in the design and production of advanced manufacturing technology;

(E)

an assessment of the research and development opportunities for supply chains related to the manufacture of carbon fiber composite, critical materials, advanced materials, and semiconductors;

(F)

identification and assessment of financial incentives or demonstration projects that could accelerate the commercialization of advanced technology;

(G)

an assessment and prioritization of emerging technologies and processes with the potential to increase manufacturing competitiveness;

(H)

an analysis of the regions and industries that would benefit the most from implementing smart manufacturing technologies;

(I)

an assessment of—

(i)

the lessons learned through the decades long partnership of the Department with the automotive industry; and

(ii)

how lessons learned could be applied to interactions with other industries (including the aerospace industry) and including—

(I)

an analysis of the resources needed to expand partnerships with the Advanced Manufacturing Office to other industries; and

(II)

an assessment of which industries and technologies would benefit most from partnering with the Department, based on—

(aa)

cost savings;

(bb)

energy savings;

(cc)

job creation; and

(dd)

environmental impacts; and

(J)

an assessment of current and future workforce needs within the advanced manufacturing industry that identifies any significant skill gaps and provides suggestions on ways to address the gaps.

(c)

Biennial revisions and report

(1)

Biennial revisions

Not later than 2 years after the date on which the Secretary completes the plan under subsection (a), and not less frequently than once every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall revise the plan to account for advancements in information and communication technology and manufacturing needs after the completion of the initial plan.

(2)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to Congress after each revision under paragraph (1) a report on the status of implementation of the plan established under subsection (a).

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the study under this section $25,000,000.

2023.

Advanced manufacturing supply chain report

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences under which the National Academy of Sciences shall develop a report that evaluates the manufacturing supply chains for various advanced manufacturing technologies, including—

(1)

an assessment of the strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and obstacles in the supply chains of advanced manufacturing technologies, including carbon fiber composite manufacturing, critical materials, advanced materials, and semiconductors;

(2)

analyses of—

(A)

the ways in which the supply chains have changed during the 25-year period preceding the date of enactment of this Act;

(B)

whether the supply chains have been disrupted by unfair foreign competition;

(C)

the impact of global trade on the supply chains; and

(D)

current trends relating to the supply chains;

(3)

for each technology and process assessed, an analysis of which sections of the supply chain are critical for the United States to remain or become competitive in the manufacturing of the technology; and

(4)

recommendations on which emerging technologies and processes the United States should focus on in order to advance innovation in manufacturing capabilities to increase the competitiveness of United States manufacturing.

(b)

Report

Not later than 2 years after the date on which the Secretary enters into the arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences under subsection (a), the National Academy of Sciences shall submit to the Secretary, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report that describes the findings and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences with respect to the assessment and analyses conducted under subsection (a).

2024.

Leveraging existing agency programs to assist small and medium manufacturers

(a)

Collaboration with national laboratories and institutions of higher education

The Office shall work in collaboration with National Laboratories and institutions of higher education to provide assistance to small and medium manufacturers with respect to smart manufacturing technologies and practices.

(b)

Expansion of Technical Assistance Programs

The Secretary shall expand the scope of technologies covered by the Industrial Assessment Centers—

(1)

to include smart manufacturing technologies and practices; and

(2)

to provide the directors of the Industrial Assessment Centers with the training and tools necessary to provide to manufacturers technical assistance in smart manufacturing technologies and practices, including energy management systems.

2025.

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hubs

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Advanced Manufacturing

The term advanced manufacturing means—

(A)

a technology, or process that—

(i)

depends on the use and coordination of information, automation, computation, software, sensing, and networking;

(ii)

makes use of new materials or reuses existing materials; or

(iii)

enhances the manufacturing competitiveness of the United States;

(B)

research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities necessary to ensure the long-term, secure, and sustainable supply of advanced materials; or

(C)

any other innovative energy technology area identified by the Secretary.

(2)

Hub

The term Hub means an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hub established under subsection (b).

(3)

Qualifying Entity

The term qualifying entity means—

(A)

an institution of higher education in partnership with industry;

(B)

an appropriate Federal or State entity, including Federally Funded Research and Development Centers of the Department;

(C)

a nongovernmental organization with expertise in advanced manufacturing research, development, demonstration, or commercial application activities; or

(D)

any other relevant entity that the Secretary considers appropriate.

(b)

Authorization of Program

(1)

In General

The Secretary shall carry out a program to enhance the manufacturing competitiveness of the United States by making awards to consortia for establishing and operating Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hubs to conduct and support multidisciplinary, collaborative research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of advance manufacturing technologies.

(2)

Centralized location

To the maximum extent practicable, each Hub provided an award under this section shall be located at 1 centralized location.

(3)

Technology Development Focus

The Secretary shall designate for each Hub a unique advanced manufacturing technology focus, process, or technology.

(4)

Coordination

The Secretary shall ensure the coordination of, and avoid unnecessary duplication of, the activities of Hubs with the activities of other research entities of the Department (including the National Laboratories and the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy) and industry.

(c)

Consortia

(1)

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an award under this section for the establishment and operation of a Hub, a consortium shall—

(A)

be composed of not fewer than 2 qualifying entities; and

(B)

operate subject to an agreement entered into by the members of the consortium that documents—

(i)

the proposed partnership agreement, including the governance and management structure of the Hub;

(ii)

measures to enable the cost-effective implementation of the program under this section;

(iii)

a proposed budget for the Hub, including a description of financial contributions from non-Federal sources;

(iv)

an accounting structure for the Hub that enables the Secretary to ensure that the consortium has complied with the requirements of this section; and

(v)

a plan to coordinate workforce training within Hub locations.

(2)

Application

(A)

In general

A consortium seeking to establish and operate a Hub under this section, acting through a prime applicant, shall submit to the Secretary an application that addresses the elements of the consortium agreement required under paragraph (1)(B).

(B)

Multiple locations

If the consortium members are not located at 1 centralized location, an application submitted under subparagraph (A) shall include a communications plan that ensures close coordination and integration of the activities of the Hub.

(d)

Selection and Schedule

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall select consortia for awards for the establishment and operation of Hubs through a competitive selection process.

(2)

Considerations

In selecting consortia under this section, the Secretary shall consider—

(A)

the information a consortium is required to document under subsection (c)(1)(B);

(B)

regional diversity; and

(C)

any existing facilities that a consortium would provide for Hub activities.

(3)

Term

(A)

In general

Awards made to a Hub under this section shall be for a period of not more than 5 years.

(B)

Renewal

At the end of the 5-year period of an award under this section, the Secretary may renew the award, subject to a rigorous merit review.

(e)

Hub Operations

(1)

In general

Each Hub shall conduct or provide for multidisciplinary, collaborative research, development, demonstration, and, as appropriate, commercial application of advanced manufacturing technologies within the technology development focus for the Hub designated under subsection (b)(3).

(2)

Requirements

Each Hub shall—

(A)

encourage collaboration and communication among the member qualifying entities of the consortium and awardees by conducting activities, to the maximum extent practicable, at 1 centralized location;

(B)

develop and publish on the website of the Department proposed plans and programs;

(C)

submit an annual report to the Secretary that summarizes, during the period covered by the report, the activities of the Hub, including—

(i)

a detailed description of organizational expenditures by the Hub; and

(ii)

a description of each project undertaken by the Hub; and

(D)

monitor project implementation and coordination.

(3)

Conflicts of interest

(A)

Procedures

A Hub shall maintain conflict of interest procedures, consistent with the procedures of the Department, to ensure that employees and consortia designees for Hub activities that are in decisionmaking capacities—

(i)

disclose all material conflicts of interest; and

(ii)

avoid conflicts of interest.

(B)

Disqualification and revocation

The Secretary may disqualify an application or revoke funds distributed to a Hub if the Secretary discovers a failure to comply with conflict of interest procedures established under subparagraph (A).

(4)

Prohibition of construction

(A)

In general

No funds provided under this section may be used for the construction of new buildings or facilities for a Hub.

(B)

Cost-sharing agreement

Construction of new buildings or facilities for a Hub shall not be considered as part of the non-Federal share of a cost-sharing agreement of the Hub.

(C)

Test bed and renovation exception

Nothing in this paragraph prohibits the use of funds provided under this section, or non-Federal cost share funds, for research or for the construction of a test bed or renovations to existing buildings or facilities for the purposes of research, if the Secretary determines that the test bed or renovations are limited to a scope and scale necessary for the research to be conducted.

(f)

Termination

The Secretary may terminate an underperforming Hub for cause during the award period.

(g)

Loan program

The consortium from each Hub, in consultation with the Secretary, may identify best in class technologies that would be eligible for technical assistance, including assistance from loan programs of the Department, the Community Development Financial Institution Program, Small Business Administration loan programs, Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and rural energy loan programs of the Department of Agriculture.

(h)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $300,000,000.

2026.

Advanced Materials Prize Competition Pilot Program

(a)

In General

The Secretary shall establish a prize competition under which eligible entities compete to develop and verifiably demonstrate advanced materials technology that reduces energy costs or reduces carbon dioxide emissions by at least 20 percent.

(b)

Competition Board

The Secretary shall establish a Competition Board to administer the prize competition, to be composed of members from the Department and industry.

(c)

Eligible entities

To be eligible for the competition, an entity shall be—

(1)

a non-public entity; or

(2)

a public-private partnership in which the private entity is greater than 50 percent of the partnership.

(d)

Awards

As part of the prize competition established under this section, the Competition Board shall award to eligible entities not more than 5 prizes of not more than $2,000,000 each.

(e)

Duration

The duration for the prize competition established under this section shall be not less than 2 years or more than 5 years.

(f)

Selection

In selecting a winner for a prize awarded under the prize competition, the Competition Board shall evaluate the technology developed by the eligible entity based on the following criteria:

(1)

The amount by which the technology would increase energy savings or decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

(2)

The ability of the technology to be deployed in commercial application in a variety of industries or supply chains.

(3)

The potential for private sector investment in the technology.

(4)

The potential of the technology to transform an existing industry or establish a new industry.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000.

2027.

Pilot program with original equipment manufacturers and public utilities

The Office, in collaboration with the Industrial Assessment Centers at the Department, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, original equipment manufacturers, and public utilities, shall develop a pilot program to work with small- and medium-manufacturers in supply chains of original equipment manufacturers to provide—

(1)

an assessment of manufacturing efficiency; and

(2)

best practices and technical assistance for implementing energy savings and efficiency in the manufacturing process.

D

Building better trucks

2031.

Advanced technology vehicles manufacturing incentive program

Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17013) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (C) as clauses (i) through (iii), respectively, and indenting appropriately;

(ii)

by striking (1) Advanced technology vehicle.— and all that follows through meets— and inserting the following:

(1)

Advanced technology vehicle

The term advanced technology vehicle means—

(A)

an ultra efficient vehicle;

(B)

a light duty vehicle that meets—

;

(iii)

in subparagraph (B)(iii) (as so redesignated), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(iv)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

a medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicle that—

(i)
(I)

is subject to regulations established by the Secretary of Transportation under parts 523, 534, and 535 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations); or

(II)

is included in a vehicle type or class that offers opportunities to substantially reduce consumption of conventional motor fuel, as determined by the Secretary by rule; and

(ii)

reduces consumption of conventional motor fuel by 10 percent or greater as compared to model year 2010 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles of a similar vehicle type or class, unless the Secretary determines by rule that—

(I)

the percentage is not achievable for a specific vehicle type or class; and

(II)

an alternative percentage for that vehicle type or class will result in substantial reductions in motor fuel consumption within the United States.

; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:

(4)

Qualifying components

The term qualifying components means components, systems, or groups of subsystems that the Secretary determines—

(A)

to be designed to improve fuel economy or otherwise substantially reduce consumption of conventional motor fuel; or

(B)

to contribute measurably to the overall improved fuel use of an advanced technology vehicle.

;

(2)

in subsection (b), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting or other vehicle after ultra efficient vehicle;

(3)

by striking subsection (f) and inserting the following:

(f)

Fees

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall charge a closing fee of 50 basis points of the loan to cover applicable administrative expenses.

(2)

Use of fees

Fees collected under paragraph (1) shall—

(A)

be deposited by the Secretary into the general fund of the Treasury; and

(B)

remain available until expended, subject to such other conditions as are contained in annual appropriations Acts.

; and

(4)

in subsection (h)(1)(B), by striking automobiles, or components of automobiles and inserting automobiles or other vehicles, or components of automobiles or other vehicles.

E

Vehicle innovation

2041.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

According to the Energy Information Administration, the transportation sector accounts for approximately 28 percent of the United States primary energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, and 21 percent of global oil demand.

(2)

The United States transportation sector is over 90-percent dependent on petroleum.

(3)

United States heavy truck fuel consumption will increase 27 percent by 2030.

(4)

The domestic automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturing sectors have increasingly limited resources for research, development, and engineering of advanced technologies.

(5)

Vehicle, engine, and component manufacturers are playing a more important role in vehicle technology development, and should be better integrated into Federal research efforts.

(6)

Priorities for the vehicle technologies research of the Department have shifted drastically in recent years among diesel hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in electric hybrids, with little continuity among them.

(7)

The integration of vehicle, communication, and infrastructure technologies has great potential for efficiency gains through better management of the total transportation system.

(8)

The Federal Government should balance its role in researching longer-term exploratory concepts and developing nearer-term transformational technologies for vehicles.

2042.

Objectives

The objectives of this subtitle are—

(1)

to develop United States technologies and practices that—

(A)

improve the fuel efficiency and emissions of all vehicles produced in the United States; and

(B)

reduce vehicle reliance on petroleum-based fuels;

(2)

to support domestic research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application and manufacturing of advanced vehicles, engines, and components;

(3)

to enable vehicles to move larger volumes of goods and more passengers with less energy and emissions;

(4)

to develop cost-effective advanced technologies for wide-scale utilization throughout the passenger, commercial, government, and transit vehicle sectors;

(5)

to allow for greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels;

(6)

shorten technology development and integration cycles in the vehicle industry;

(7)

to ensure a proper balance and diversity of Federal investment in vehicle technologies; and

(8)

to strengthen partnerships between Federal and State governmental agencies and the private and academic sectors.

2043.

Vehicle research and development program

(a)

Program

(1)

Activities

The Secretary shall conduct a program of basic and applied research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application activities on materials, technologies, and processes with the potential to substantially reduce or eliminate petroleum use and the emissions of passenger and commercial vehicles in the United States, including activities in the areas of—

(A)

hybridization or full electrification of vehicle systems;

(B)

batteries and other energy storage devices;

(C)

power electronics;

(D)

vehicle, component, and subsystem manufacturing technologies and processes;

(E)

engine efficiency and combustion optimization;

(F)

waste heat recovery;

(G)

transmission and drivetrains;

(H)

hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells and internal combustion engines, and hydrogen infrastructure, including hydrogen energy storage to enable renewables and provide hydrogen for fuel and power;

(I)

natural gas vehicle technologies;

(J)

aerodynamics, rolling resistance (including tires and wheel assemblies), and accessory power loads of vehicles and associated equipment;

(K)

vehicle weight reduction, including lightweighting materials and the development of manufacturing processes to fabricate, assemble, and use dissimilar materials;

(L)

friction and wear reduction;

(M)

engine and component durability;

(N)

innovative propulsion systems;

(O)

advanced boosting systems;

(P)

hydraulic hybrid technologies;

(Q)

engine compatibility with and optimization for a variety of transportation fuels including natural gas and other liquid and gaseous fuels;

(R)

predictive engineering, modeling, and simulation of vehicle and transportation systems;

(S)

refueling and charging infrastructure for alternative fueled and electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, including the unique challenges facing rural areas;

(T)

gaseous fuels storage systems and system integration and optimization;

(U)

sensing, communications, and actuation technologies for vehicle, electrical grid, and infrastructure;

(V)

efficient use, substitution, and recycling of potentially critical materials in vehicles, including rare earth elements and precious metals, at risk of supply disruption;

(W)

aftertreatment technologies;

(X)

thermal management of battery systems;

(Y)

retrofitting advanced vehicle technologies to existing vehicles;

(Z)

development of common standards, specifications, and architectures for both transportation and stationary battery applications;

(AA)

advanced internal combustion engines;

(BB)

mild hybrid;

(CC)

engine down speeding; and

(DD)

other research areas as determined by the Secretary.

(2)

Transformational technology

The Secretary shall ensure that the Department continues to support research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application activities and maintains competency in mid- to long-term transformational vehicle technologies with potential to achieve deep reductions in petroleum use and emissions, including activities in the areas of—

(A)

hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells, hydrogen storage, infrastructure, and activities in hydrogen technology validation and safety codes and standards;

(B)

multiple battery chemistries and novel energy storage devices, including nonchemical batteries and electromechanical storage technologies such as hydraulics, flywheels, and compressed air storage;

(C)

communication and connectivity among vehicles, infrastructure, and the electrical grid; and

(D)

other innovative technologies research and development, as determined by the Secretary.

(3)

Industry participation

(A)

In general

To the maximum extent practicable, activities under this section shall be carried out in partnership or collaboration with automotive manufacturers, heavy commercial, vocational, and transit vehicle manufacturers, qualified plug-in electric vehicle manufacturers, compressed natural gas vehicle manufacturers, vehicle and engine equipment and component manufacturers, manufacturing equipment manufacturers, advanced vehicle service providers, fuel producers and energy suppliers, electric utilities, institutions of higher education, the National Laboratories (as that term is defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)), and independent research laboratories.

(B)

Requirements

In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall—

(i)
(I)

determine whether a wide range of companies that manufacture or assemble vehicles or components in the United States are represented in ongoing public private partnership activities, including firms that have not traditionally participated in federally sponsored research and development activities; and

(II)

if possible, partner with firms described in subclause (II) that conduct significant and relevant research and development activities in the United States;

(ii)

leverage the capabilities and resources of, and formalize partnerships with, industry-led stakeholder organizations, nonprofit organizations, industry consortia, and trade associations with expertise in the research and development of, and education and outreach activities in, advanced automotive and commercial vehicle technologies;

(iii)

develop more effective processes for transferring research findings and technologies to industry;

(iv)

give consideration to conversion of existing or former vehicle technology development or manufacturing facilities for the purposes of this section;

(v)

support public-private partnerships dedicated to overcoming barriers in commercial application of transformational vehicle technologies that use the industry-led technology development facilities of entities with demonstrated expertise in successfully designing and engineering pre-commercial generations of transformational vehicle technology; and

(vi)

promote efforts to ensure that technology research, development, engineering, and commercial application activities funded under this section are carried out in the United States.

(4)

Interagency and intraagency coordination

To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall coordinate research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities among—

(A)

relevant programs within the Department, including—

(i)

the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;

(ii)

the Office of Science;

(iii)

the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability;

(iv)

the Office of Fossil Energy;

(v)

the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy; and

(vi)

other offices as determined by the Secretary; and

(B)

relevant technology research and development programs within other Federal agencies, as determined by the Secretary.

(5)

Coordination and nonduplication

In coordinating activities carried out under this section, the Secretary shall ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that the activities do not duplicate those of other programs within the Department or other relevant research agencies.

(6)

Federal demonstration of technologies

The Secretary shall make information available to procurement programs of Federal agencies regarding the potential to demonstrate technologies resulting from activities funded through programs under this section.

(7)

Intergovernmental coordination

The Secretary shall seek opportunities to leverage resources and support initiatives of State and local governments in developing and promoting advanced vehicle technologies, manufacturing, and infrastructure.

(8)

Criteria

In awarding grants under this program, the Secretary shall give priority to those technologies (either individually or as part of a system) that—

(A)

provide the greatest aggregate fuel savings based on the reasonable projected sales volumes of the technology; and

(B)

provide the greatest increase in employment in the United States.

(b)

Sensing and communications technologies

The Secretary, in coordination with the relevant research programs of other Federal agencies, shall conduct research, development, engineering, demonstration, and deployment activities on connectivity of vehicle roadway, vulnerable road users, traffic control systems, and transportation data systems, including on sensing, data, computation, communication, cybersecurity, and actuation technologies that allow for improved safety, reduced energy and fuel use, optimized traffic flow, and vehicle electrification, including technologies for—

(1)

onboard vehicle, engine, transmission and component sensing, actuation, and calibration;

(2)

vehicle-to-vehicle sensing and communication;

(3)

vehicle-to-infrastructure sensing and communication;

(4)

vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-bicyclist sensing and communication; and

(5)

vehicle integration with the electrical grid.

(c)

Manufacturing

The Secretary shall carry out a research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application program of advanced vehicle manufacturing technologies and practices, including innovative processes—

(1)

to increase the production rate and decrease the cost of advanced battery and fuel cell manufacturing;

(2)

to vary the capability of individual manufacturing facilities to accommodate different battery chemistries and configurations;

(3)

to reduce waste streams, emissions, and energy intensity of vehicle, engine, advanced battery and component manufacturing processes;

(4)

to recycle and remanufacture used batteries and other vehicle components for reuse in vehicles or stationary applications;

(5)

to develop manufacturing processes to effectively fabricate, assemble, and produce cost-effective lightweight materials such as advanced aluminum and other metal alloys, polymeric composites, and carbon fiber for use in vehicles;

(6)

to produce lightweight high pressure storage systems for gaseous fuels;

(7)

to design and manufacture purpose-built hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and components;

(8)

to improve the calendar life and cycle life of advanced batteries; and

(9)

to produce permanent magnets for advanced vehicles.

(d)

User testing facilities

Activities under this section may include construction, expansion, or modification of new and existing vehicle, engine, and component research and testing facilities for—

(1)

testing or simulating interoperability of a variety of vehicle components and systems, including the technologies described in subsection (b);

(2)

subjecting whole or partial vehicle platforms to fully representative duty cycles and operating conditions;

(3)

developing and demonstrating a range of chemistries and configurations for advanced vehicle battery manufacturing;

(4)

developing and demonstrating test cycles for new and alternative fuels, and other advanced vehicle technologies;

(5)

developing and demonstrating methods to charge electric vehicles and connect them to the electric grid; and

(6)

developing, testing, and demonstrating hydrogen and natural gas refueling station technologies.

(e)

Reporting

(1)

Technologies developed

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act and annually thereafter through 2020, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report regarding the technologies developed as a result of the activities authorized by this section, with a particular emphasis on whether the technologies were successfully adopted for commercial applications, and if so, whether products relying on those technologies are manufactured in the United States.

(2)

Additional matters

At the end of each fiscal year through 2020 the Secretary shall submit to the relevant Congressional committees of jurisdiction an annual report describing activities undertaken in the previous year under this section, active industry participants, efforts to recruit new participants committed to design, engineering, and manufacturing of advanced vehicle technologies in the United States, progress of the program in meeting goals and timelines, and a strategic plan for funding of activities across agencies.

2044.

Medium- and heavy-duty commercial and transit vehicles program

(a)

Program

(1)

In general

The Secretary, in partnership with relevant research and development programs in other Federal agencies, and a range of appropriate industry stakeholders, shall carry out a program of cooperative research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities on advanced technologies for medium- to heavy-duty commercial, vocational, recreational, and transit vehicles, including activities in the areas of—

(A)

engine efficiency and combustion research;

(B)

onboard storage technologies for compressed and liquefied natural gas;

(C)

development and integration of engine technologies designed for natural gas operation of a variety of vehicle platforms;

(D)

waste heat recovery and conversion;

(E)

improved aerodynamics and tire rolling resistance;

(F)

energy and space-efficient emissions control systems;

(G)

mild hybrid, heavy hybrid, hybrid hydraulic, plug-in hybrid, and electric platforms, and energy storage technologies;

(H)

drivetrain optimization;

(I)

friction and wear reduction;

(J)

engine idle and parasitic energy loss reduction;

(K)

electrification of accessory loads;

(L)

onboard sensing and communications technologies;

(M)

advanced lightweighting materials and vehicle designs;

(N)

increasing load capacity per vehicle;

(O)

thermal management of battery systems;

(P)

recharging infrastructure;

(Q)

compressed natural gas infrastructure;

(R)

advanced internal combustion engines;

(S)

complete vehicle and power pack modeling, simulation, and testing;

(T)

hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells and internal combustion engines, and hydrogen infrastructure, including hydrogen energy storage to enable renewables and provide hydrogen for fuel and power;

(U)

retrofitting advanced technologies onto existing truck fleets;

(V)

advanced boosting systems;

(W)

engine down speeding; and

(X)

integration of these and other advanced systems onto a single truck and trailer platform.

(2)

Reporting

At the end of each fiscal year through fiscal year 2020, the Secretary shall submit to Congress an annual report describing activities undertaken in the previous year under this section, active industry participants, efforts to recruit new participants, progress of the program in meeting goals and timelines, and a strategic plan for funding of activities across agencies.

(b)

Class 8 truck and trailer systems demonstration

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall conduct a competitive grant program to demonstrate the integration of multiple advanced technologies on Class 8 truck and trailer platforms, including a combination of technologies listed in subsection (a)(1).

(2)

Applicant teams

Applicant teams may be comprised of truck and trailer manufacturers, engine and component manufacturers, fleet customers, university researchers, and other applicants as appropriate for the development and demonstration of integrated Class 8 truck and trailer systems.

(c)

Technology testing and metrics

The Secretary, in coordination with the partners of the interagency research program described in subsection (a)(1)—

(1)

shall develop standard testing procedures and technologies for evaluating the performance of advanced heavy vehicle technologies under a range of representative duty cycles and operating conditions, including for heavy hybrid propulsion systems;

(2)

shall evaluate heavy vehicle performance using work performance-based metrics other than those based on miles per gallon, including those based on units of volume and weight transported for freight applications, and appropriate metrics based on the work performed by nonroad systems; and

(3)

may construct heavy duty truck and bus testing facilities.

(d)

Nonroad systems pilot program

The Secretary shall undertake a pilot program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications of technologies to improve total machine or system efficiency for nonroad mobile equipment including agricultural, construction, air, and sea port equipment, and shall seek opportunities to transfer relevant research findings and technologies between the nonroad and on-highway equipment and vehicle sectors.

2045.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application of vehicles and related technologies in the United States, including activities authorized under this subtitle—

(1)

for fiscal year 2016, $313,567,000;

(2)

for fiscal year 2017, $326,109,000;

(3)

for fiscal year 2018, $339,154,000;

(4)

for fiscal year 2019, $352,720,000; and

(5)

for fiscal year 2020, $366,829,000.

F

Carbon fiber recycling

2051.

Recycled carbon fiber study

(a)

Study

The Secretary shall conduct a study on—

(1)

the technology of recycled carbon fiber and production waste carbon fiber; and

(2)

the potential lifecycle energy savings and economic impact of recycled carbon fiber.

(b)

Factors for consideration

In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall take into consideration—

(1)

the quantity of recycled carbon fiber or production waste carbon fiber that would make the use of recycled carbon fiber or production waste carbon fiber economically viable;

(2)

any existing or potential barriers to recycling carbon fiber or using recycled carbon fiber;

(3)

any financial incentives that may be necessary for the development of recycled carbon fiber or production waste carbon fiber;

(4)

the potential lifecycle savings in energy from producing recycled carbon fiber, as compared to producing new carbon fiber;

(5)

the best and highest use for recycled carbon fiber;

(6)

the potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from producing recycled carbon fiber, as compared to producing new carbon fiber;

(7)

any economic benefits gained from using recycled carbon fiber or production waste carbon fiber;

(8)

workforce training and skills needed to address labor demands in the development of recycled carbon fiber or production waste carbon fiber; and

(9)

how the Department can leverage existing efforts in the industry on the use of production waste carbon fiber.

(c)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report describing the results of the study conducted under subsection (a).

2052.

Carbon fiber recycling demonstration project

The Secretary shall consult with the aviation and automotive industries and existing programs of the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department to develop a carbon fiber recycling demonstration project.

2053.

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subtitle $10,000,000, to remain available until expended.

G

Job creation through energy efficient manufacturing

2061.

Purpose

The purpose of this subtitle is to encourage widespread deployment of energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy technologies in manufacturing and industrial facilities throughout the United States through the establishment of a Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program that would—

(1)

encourage the widespread availability of financial products and programs with attractive rates and terms that significantly reduce or eliminate upfront expenses to allow manufacturing and industrial businesses to invest in energy efficiency measures, onsite clean and renewable energy systems, smart grid systems, and alternative vehicle fleets by providing credit support, credit enhancement, secondary markets, and other support to originators of the financial products and sponsors of the financing programs; and

(2)

help building owners to invest in measures and systems that reduce energy costs, in many cases creating a net cost savings that can be realized in the short-term, and may also allow manufacturing and industrial business owners to defer capital expenditures, save money to hire new workers, and increase the value, comfort, and sustainability of the property of the owners.

2062.

Definitions

In this subtitle:

(1)

Covered program

The term covered program means a program to finance energy efficiency retrofit, onsite clean and renewable energy, smart grid, and alternative vehicle fleet projects for industrial businesses.

(2)

State

The term State means—

(A)

a State;

(B)

the District of Columbia;

(C)

the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and

(D)

any other territory or possession of the United States.

2063.

Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary shall establish a program, to be known as the Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program, under which the Secretary shall provide grants to States to establish or expand covered programs.

(b)

Applications

(1)

In general

A State may apply to the Secretary for a grant under subsection (a) to establish or expand covered programs.

(2)

Evaluation

The Secretary shall evaluate applications submitted by States under paragraph (1) on the basis of—

(A)

the likelihood that the covered program would—

(i)

be established or expanded; and

(ii)

increase the total investment and energy savings of retrofit projects to be supported;

(B)

in the case of industrial business efficiency financing initiatives conducted under subsection (c), evidence of multi-State cooperation and coordination with lenders, financiers, and owners; and

(C)

other factors that would advance the purposes of this subtitle, as determined by the Secretary.

(c)

Multi-State facilitation

The Secretary shall consult with States and relevant stakeholders with applicable expertise to establish a process to identify financing opportunities for manufacturing and industrial business with asset portfolios across multiple States.

(d)

Administration

A State receiving a grant under subsection (a) shall give a higher priority to covered programs that—

(1)

leverage private and non-Federal sources of funding; and

(2)

aim explicitly to expand the use of energy efficiency project financing using private sources of funding.

(e)

Davis-Bacon compliance

(1)

In general

All laborers and mechanics employed on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by this subtitle shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on projects of a character similar in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of chapter 31 of part A of subtitle II of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).

(2)

Authority

With respect to the labor standards specified in this subsection, the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 (64 Stat. 1267; 5 U.S.C. App.) and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code.

(f)

Reports

(1)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of receipt of a grant under this subtitle, a State shall submit to the Secretary, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report that describes the performance of covered programs carried out using the grant funds.

(2)

Data

(A)

In general

A State receiving a grant under this subtitle, in cooperation with the Secretary, shall—

(i)

collect and share data resulting from covered programs carried out under this subtitle; and

(ii)

include in the report submitted under paragraph (1) any data collected under clause (i).

(B)

Department databases

The Secretary shall incorporate data described in subparagraph (A) into appropriate databases of the Department, with provisions for the protection of confidential business data.

2064.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subtitle $250,000,000, to remain available until expended.

(b)

State energy offices

Funds provided to a State under this subtitle shall be provided to the office within the State that is responsible for developing the State energy plan for the State under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq).

H

21st Century energy workforce

2101.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the energy sector is the third-largest industry in the United States;

(2)

1,500,000 new skilled workers will be needed in the energy sector over the next 15 years; and

(3)

a skilled workforce is a critical component of ensuring the growth of the energy sector in the United States.

2102.

Definitions

In this subtitle:

(1)

Board

The term Board means the National Center of Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce Advisory Board established under section 2103(a).

(2)

Community college

The term community college means a junior or community college (as defined in section 312(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1058(f))).

(3)

Program

The term program means the pilot program established under section 2104(a).

(4)

Veterans service organization

The term veterans service organization means an organization recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the representation of veterans under section 5902 of title 38, United States Code.

2103.

National Center of Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a nationwide advisory board, to be known as the National Center of Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce Advisory Board, to foster strategic vision, guidance, and networks for the energy industry.

(b)

Representatives

The members of the Board shall consist of energy sector stakeholders, including—

(1)

representatives of relevant industries;

(2)

experts in labor, economics, and workforce development;

(3)

representatives of States and units of local government;

(4)

representatives of elementary and secondary education and postsecondary education; and

(5)

representatives of labor organizations.

(c)

Purposes

The purposes of the Board are—

(1)

to support and develop training and science education programs that—

(A)

meet the industry and labor needs of the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors; and

(B)

provide opportunities for students to become qualified for placement in traditional and clean energy sector jobs;

(2)

to align apprenticeship programs and industry certifications to further develop succession planning in the energy sector;

(3)

to integrate educational standards to develop foundational skills for elementary and secondary education and postsecondary education to create a pipeline between education and career; and

(4)

to support the replication of existing model energy curricula, particularly in new and emerging technologies, that lead to industry-wide credentials.

2104.

Energy workforce pilot grant program

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education, shall establish a pilot program to award grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities for job training programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential.

(b)

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall be a public or nonprofit organization, or a consortium of such organizations, that—

(1)

includes an advisory board of proportional participation, as determined by the Secretary, of relevant organizations, including—

(A)

relevant energy industry organizations, including public and private employers;

(B)

labor organizations; and

(C)

elementary and secondary education and postsecondary education organizations;

(2)

demonstrates experience in implementing and operating job training and education programs;

(3)

demonstrates the ability to recruit and support individuals who plan to work in the energy industry in the successful completion of relevant job training and education programs; and

(4)

provides students who complete the job training and education program with an industry-recognized credential.

(c)

Applications

Eligible entities desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(d)

Priority

In selecting eligible entities to receive grants under this section, the Secretary shall prioritize applicants that—

(1)

house the job training and education programs in—

(A)

a community college or institution of higher education that includes basic science and math education in the curriculum of the community college, institution of higher education; or

(B)

an apprenticeship program registered with the Department of Labor;

(2)

work with the Secretary of Defense or veterans service organizations to transition members of the Armed Forces and veterans to careers in the energy sector;

(3)

apply as a State or regional consortia to leverage best practices already available in the State or region in which the community college or institution of higher education is located;

(4)

have a State-supported entity included in the application;

(5)

include an apprenticeship program registered with the Department of Labor as part of the job training and education program;

(6)

develop a mentorship program for energy professionals and elementary and secondary education students;

(7)

provide support services and career coaching;

(8)

provide introductory energy workforce development and advanced manufacturing training; or

(9)

work with an Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).

(e)

Additional consideration

In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall consider regional diversity.

(f)

Limitation on applications

An eligible entity may not submit, either individually or as part of a joint application, more than 1 application for a grant under this section during any 1 fiscal year.

(g)

Limitations on amount of grant

The amount of a grant for any 1 year shall not exceed $1,000,000.

(h)

Cost sharing

(1)

Federal share

The Federal share of the cost of a job training and education program carried out using a grant under this section shall be not greater than 65 percent.

(2)

Non-Federal share

(A)

In general

The non-Federal share of the cost of a job training and education program carried out using a grant under this section shall consist of not less than 50 percent cash.

(B)

Limitation

Not greater than 50 percent of the non-Federal contribution of the total cost of a job training and education program carried out using a grant under this section shall be in the form of in-kind contributions of goods or services fairly valued.

(i)

Reduction of duplication

Prior to submitting an application for a grant under this section, each applicant shall consult with the applicable agencies of the Federal Government and coordinate the proposed activities of the applicant with existing State and local programs.

(j)

Technical assistance

The Secretary shall provide technical assistance and capacity building to national and State energy partnerships, including the entities described in subsection (b)(1), to leverage the existing job training and education programs of the Department.

(k)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to Congress and make publicly available on the website of the Department an annual report on the program established under this section, including a description of—

(1)

the entities receiving grants;

(2)

the activities carried out using the grants;

(3)

best practices used to leverage the investment of the Federal Government;

(4)

the rate of employment for participants after completing a job training and education program carried out using a grant; and

(5)

an assessment of the results achieved by the program.

(l)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2019.

I

Solar installations

2111.

Loan and grant program for solar installations in low-income and underserved areas

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Administrative expenses

The term administrative expenses has such meaning as may be established by the Secretary.

(2)

Community solar facility

The term community solar facility means a community-based distributed photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility that, as determined by the Secretary—

(A)

is owned by a subscriber organization;

(B)

has a nameplate rating of 2 megawatts or less;

(C)

is located in or near a community of subscribers to whom the beneficial use of the electricity generated by the facility belongs; and

(D)

reserves not less than 25 percent of the quantity of electricity generated by the facility for low-income households that are subscribers to the facility.

(3)

Grant-eligible household

The term grant-eligible household means a household the members of which—

(A)

earn an income equal to 80 percent or less of the applicable area median income, as defined for the applicable year by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and

(B)

reside in an owner-occupied home.

(4)

Indian tribe

The term Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaskan Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

(5)

Loan-eligible entity

The term loan-eligible entity means—

(A)

a nonprofit entity;

(B)

a unit of State, territorial, or local government;

(C)

an Indian tribe;

(D)

a rural community (as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)); and

(E)

any other national or regional entity that—

(i)

deploys a safe, high-quality photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility for consumers under a model that maximizes energy savings to those consumers; and

(ii)

has experience, as determined by the Secretary, installing solar systems using a job training or community volunteer-based installation model.

(6)

Low-income household

The term low-income household means a household with an income equal to 80 percent or less of the applicable area median income, as defined for the applicable year by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

(7)

Multi-family affordable housing

The term multi-family affordable housing means any federally subsidized affordable housing complex in which at least 50 percent of the units are reserved for low-income households.

(8)

Photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility

The term photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility means—

(A)

a generator that creates electricity from light photons; and

(B)

the accompanying hardware enabling that electricity to flow—

(i)

onto the electric grid; or

(ii)

into an energy storage device.

(9)

Subscriber

The term subscriber means an electricity consumer who—

(A)

owns a subscription, or an equivalent unit or share of the capacity or generation, of a community solar facility;

(B)

has identified 1 or more physical locations—

(i)

to which the subscription will be attributed;

(ii)

within the same electric utility service territory, or within the same geographical area, as the community solar facility, in accordance with applicable State and local law; and

(iii)

that may change from time to time, subject to the condition that the physical location shall be within the geographical limits allowed for a subscriber of the applicable community solar facility; and

(C)

confirms the status of the consumer as a grant-eligible household for each applicable fiscal year.

(10)

Subscription

The term subscription means a share in the capacity, or a proportional interest in the solar electricity generation, of a community solar facility.

(11)

Underserved area

The term underserved area means a geographical area with low or no photovoltaic solar deployment, as determined by the Secretary.

(b)

Establishment of loan and grant program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a program under which the Secretary shall provide loans and grants to grant-eligible households and loan-eligible entities for use in accordance with this section.

(2)

Funding

(A)

In general

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall make grants and issue loans in accordance with this subsection.

(B)

Loans

Subject to subparagraph (D), not more than 50 percent of funds made available under subparagraph (A) for a fiscal year shall be used to provide loans to loan-eligible entities for—

(i)

community solar facilities; or

(ii)

multi-family affordable housing solar installations.

(C)

Grants

After allocating amounts to carry out subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall use the remaining funds made available under subparagraph (A) for a fiscal year to provide grants to grant-eligible households—

(i)

to pay the upfront costs of photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities; or

(ii)

for any other eligible use described in subsection (e).

(D)

Increase in grant amount

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), if the Secretary determines that more than 50 percent of the amounts described in that subparagraph are necessary during any of fiscal years 2016 through 2030 to provide grants to encourage innovative financing and installation models to reach underserved markets, the Secretary may use more than 50 percent of those amounts to provide those grants.

(3)

Goals and accountability

(A)

In general

In providing loans and grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that—

(i)

the assistance provided under this subsection is used to facilitate and encourage innovative solar installation and financing models, under which the recipients develop and install photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities that provide significant savings to low-income households while providing job training or community engagement opportunities with respect to each solar system installed;

(ii)

loan and grant recipients shall—

(I)

have installed not less than 600 kilowatts of photovoltaic solar energy during the 2-year period preceding the date on which the loan or grant is provided to ensure consumer protection; or

(II)

until the goal described in subclause (I) is achieved, enter into partnership with an entity that—

(aa)

has not less than 2 years of experience deploying solar photovoltaic systems for low-income households in a manner that maximizes the savings benefits of solar access; and

(bb)

was primarily responsible for the installation of at least 2 megawatts of solar energy during the 2-year period preceding the date on which the loan or grant is provided;

(iii)

the photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities installed using assistance provided under this subsection are safe, high-quality systems that comply with local building and safety codes and standards;

(iv)

the provision of assistance under this subsection establishes and fosters a partnership between the Federal Government and grant-eligible households and loan-eligible entities, resulting in efficient development of solar installations with—

(I)

minimal governmental intervention;

(II)

limited governmental regulation; and

(III)

significant involvement by nonprofit and private entities;

(v)

solar projects installed using assistance provided under this subsection—

(I)

shall include job training; and

(II)

may include community participation in which job trainees and volunteers assist in the development of solar projects;

(vi)

assistance provided under this subsection prioritizes development in—

(I)

areas with low photovoltaic penetration;

(II)

rural areas;

(III)

Indian tribal areas; and

(IV)

other underserved areas, including Alaskan Native and Appalachian communities;

(vii)

solar systems are developed using assistance provided under this subsection on a geographically diverse basis among the grant-eligible households and loan-eligible entities; and

(viii)

to the maximum extent practicable, solar installation activities for which assistance is provided under this section leverage, or connect grant-eligible households to, federally or locally subsidized weatherization and energy efficiency efforts that meet or exceed local energy efficiency standards.

(B)

Determination

If, at any time, the Secretary determines that the goals described in this paragraph cannot be met by providing assistance in accordance with this subsection, the Secretary shall immediately submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a written notice of that determination, including any proposed changes necessary to achieve the goals under this paragraph.

(4)

Community solar facilities

(A)

In general

A community solar facility may use a loan provided under this subsection only to offset the costs of generation and provision of solar energy to low-income households that are subscribers of the community solar facility.

(B)

Transfer and assignment of subscriptions

A subscription to a community solar facility that receives assistance under this subsection may be transferred or assigned by the subscriber to—

(i)

any subscriber organization; or

(ii)

any individual or entity who qualifies to be a subscriber to that community solar facility.

(C)

Treatment

(i)

In general

No owner, operator, or subscriber of a community solar facility that receives assistance under this subsection shall be subject to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission solely as a result of an interest in the community solar facility.

(ii)

Price of subscription

The price paid for any subscription to a community solar facility shall not be subject to the regulation of any Federal department, agency, or commission.

(c)

National competition

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall select grant-eligible households and loan-eligible entities to receive loans or grants under this section through a nationwide competitive process, to be established by the Secretary.

(2)

Applications

To be eligible to receive a loan or grant under this section, a grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(3)

Requirements

In selecting grant-eligible households and loan-eligible entities to receive loans or grants under this section, the Secretary shall, at a minimum—

(A)

require that the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity—

(i)

enter into a grant or loan agreement, as applicable, under subsection (d); and

(ii)

has obtained financial commitments (or has demonstrated the capacity to obtain financial commitments) necessary to comply with that agreement;

(B)

ensure that loans and grants are provided, and amounts are used, in a manner that results in geographical diversity throughout the United States and within States, territories, and Indian tribal land among photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities installed using the assistance provided under this section;

(C)

to the maximum extent practicable, expand photovoltaic solar energy availability to—

(i)

geographical areas, throughout the United States and within States, territories, and Indian tribal land, with—

(I)

low photovoltaic solar penetration; or

(II)

areas with a higher cost burden with respect to the deployment or installation of photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities;

(ii)

rural communities;

(iii)

Indian tribes; and

(iv)

other underserved areas, including Appalachian and Alaska Native communities;

(D)

take into account the warranty period and quality of the applicable photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility equipment and any necessary interconnecting equipment; and

(E)

ensure all calculations for estimated household energy savings are based solely on electricity offsets from the photovoltaic solar electricity generating facilities.

(d)

Loan and grant agreements

(1)

In general

As a condition of receiving a loan or grant under this section, a grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity shall enter into a loan or grant agreement, as applicable, with the Secretary.

(2)

Requirements

A loan or grant agreement under this subsection shall—

(A)

require the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity—

(i)

to use the assistance provided under this section only in accordance with this section;

(ii)

to install such number of solar systems with such defined capacity target (expressed in megawatts) as may be established by the Secretary , taking into consideration the costs associated with carrying out loan or grant obligations in the areas in which the solar systems will be developed;

(iii)

to use the assistance in a manner that leverages other sources of funding (other than loans or grants under this section), including private or public funds, in developing the solar projects; and

(iv)

to establish loan terms, if applicable, that maximize the benefit to the low-income households receiving solar energy from the loan-eligible entity;

(B)

require the Secretary to rescind any amounts provided to the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity that are not used during the 2-year period beginning on the date on which the amounts are initially distributed to the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity, except in any case in which the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Secretary that a longer period, not to exceed 3 years after the date of initial distribution, is necessary to deliver proposed services;

(C)

for a loan provided under this section, establish—

(i)

an interest rate equal to the then-current cost of funds to the Department of the Treasury for obligations of comparable maturity to the loan; and

(ii)

a payout time that maximizes the savings to customers during the effective period of the agreement; and

(D)

contain such other terms as the Secretary may require to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section.

(e)

Use

A grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity shall use a loan or grant provided under this section only for the following activities, for the purpose of developing new photovoltaic solar projects in the United States for low-income households and individuals who otherwise would likely be unable to afford or purchase photovoltaic solar systems:

(1)

Photovoltaic solar equipment and installation

To pay the costs of—

(A)

solar equipment, including only photovoltaic solar equipment and storage and all hardware or software components relating to safely producing, monitoring, and connecting the system to the electric grid or onsite storage; and

(B)

installation, including all direct labor associated with installing the photovoltaic solar equipment.

(2)

Job training

To fund onsite job training and community or volunteer engagement, including—

(A)

only job training costs directly associated with the solar projects funded under this section; and

(B)

job training opportunities that may cover the full range of the solar value chain, such as marketing and outreach, customer acquisition, system design, and installation positions.

(3)

Deployment support

To fund entities that have a demonstrated ability, as determined by the Secretary—

(A)

to advise State and local entities regarding low-income solar policy, regulatory, and program design to continue and expand the work of the entities;

(B)

to foster community outreach and education regarding the benefits of photovoltaic solar energy for low-income and disadvantaged communities; or

(C)

to provide apprenticeship program opportunities registered and approved by—

(i)

the Office of Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor pursuant to part 29 of title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations); or

(ii)

a State Apprenticeship Agency recognized by that Office.

(4)

Administration

To pay the administrative expenses of the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity, including preproject feasibility efforts, in carrying out the duties of the Secretary associated with delivering proposed services, subject to the requirement that not more than 15 percent of the total amount of the assistance provided to the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity under this section may be used for administrative expenses.

(f)

Compliance

(1)

Records and audits

During the period beginning on the date of initial distribution to a grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity of a loan or grant under this section and ending on the termination date of the loan or grant under subsection (g), the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity shall maintain such records and adopt such administrative practices as the Secretary may require to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section and the applicable loan or grant agreement.

(2)

Determination by secretary

If the Secretary determines that a grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity that receives a grant or loan under this section has not, during the 2-year period beginning on the date of initial distribution to the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity of the assistance (or such longer period as is established under subsection (d)(2)(B)), substantially fulfilled the obligations of the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity under the applicable loan or grant agreement, the Secretary shall—

(A)

rescind the balance of any funds distributed to, but not used by, the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity under this section; and

(B)

use those amounts to provide other loans or grants in accordance with this section.

(g)

Termination

The Secretary shall terminate a loan or grant provided under this section on a determination that the total amount of the loan or grant (excluding any interest, fees, and other earnings of the loan or grant) has been—

(1)

fully expended by the grant-eligible household or loan-eligible entity; or

(2)

returned to the Secretary.

(h)

Regulations

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall promulgate such regulations as the Secretary determines to be necessary to carry out this section, to take effect on the date of promulgation.

(i)

Funding

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $200,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2030, to remain available until expended.

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Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act

2121.

Definitions

In this subtitle:

(1)

Combined heat and power system

The term combined heat and power system means generation of electric energy and heat in a single, integrated system that meets the efficiency criteria in clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 48(c)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, under which heat that is conventionally rejected is recovered and used to meet thermal energy requirements.

(2)

Demand response

The term demand response means changes in electric usage by electric utility customers from the normal consumption patterns of the customers in response to—

(A)

changes in the price of electricity over time; or

(B)

incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.

(3)

Distributed energy

The term distributed energy means energy sources and systems that—

(A)

produce electric or thermal energy close to the point of use using renewable energy resources or waste thermal energy;

(B)

generate electricity using a combined heat and power system;

(C)

distribute electricity in microgrids;

(D)

store electric or thermal energy; or

(E)

distribute thermal energy or transfer thermal energy to building heating and cooling systems through a district energy system.

(4)

District energy system

The term district energy system means a system that provides thermal energy to buildings and other energy consumers from 1 or more plants to individual buildings to provide space heating, air conditioning, domestic hot water, industrial process energy, and other end uses.

(5)

Islanding

The term islanding means a distributed generator or energy storage device continuing to power a location in the absence of electric power from the primary source.

(6)

Loan

The term loan has the meaning given the term direct loan in section 502 of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (2 U.S.C. 661a).

(7)

Microgrid

The term microgrid means an integrated energy system consisting of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources, including generators and energy storage devices, within clearly defined electrical boundaries that—

(A)

acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid; and

(B)

can connect and disconnect from the grid to operate in both grid-connected mode and island mode.

(8)

Renewable energy source

The term renewable energy source includes—

(A)

biomass;

(B)

geothermal energy;

(C)

hydropower;

(D)

landfill gas;

(E)

municipal solid waste;

(F)

ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal) energy;

(G)

organic waste;

(H)

photosynthetic processes;

(I)

photovoltaic energy;

(J)

solar energy; and

(K)

wind.

(9)

Renewable thermal energy

The term renewable thermal energy means heating or cooling energy derived from a renewable energy resource.

(10)

Thermal energy

The term thermal energy means—

(A)

heating energy in the form of hot water or steam that is used to provide space heating, domestic hot water, or process heat; or

(B)

cooling energy in the form of chilled water, ice, or other media that is used to provide air conditioning, or process cooling.

(11)

Waste thermal energy

The term waste thermal energy means energy that—

(A)

is contained in—

(i)

exhaust gases, exhaust steam, condenser water, jacket cooling heat, or lubricating oil in power generation systems;

(ii)

exhaust heat, hot liquids, or flared gas from any industrial process;

(iii)

waste gas or industrial tail gas that would otherwise be flared, incinerated, or vented;

(iv)

a pressure drop in any gas, excluding any pressure drop to a condenser that subsequently vents the resulting heat;

(v)

condenser water from chilled water or refrigeration plants; or

(vi)

any other form of waste energy, as determined by the Secretary; and

(B)
(i)

in the case of an existing facility, is not being used; or

(ii)

in the case of a new facility, is not conventionally used in comparable systems.

2122.

Distributed energy loan program

(a)

Loan program

(1)

In general

Subject to the provisions of this subsection and subsections (b) and (c), the Secretary shall establish a program to provide to eligible entities—

(A)

loans for the deployment of distributed energy systems in a specific project; and

(B)

loans to provide funding for programs to finance the deployment of multiple distributed energy systems through a revolving loan fund, credit enhancement program, or other financial assistance program.

(2)

Eligibility

Entities eligible to receive a loan under paragraph (1) include—

(A)

a State, territory, or possession of the United States;

(B)

a State energy office;

(C)

a tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b));

(D)

an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001)); and

(E)

an electric utility, including—

(i)

a rural electric cooperative;

(ii)

a municipally owned electric utility; and

(iii)

an investor-owned utility.

(3)

Selection requirements

In selecting eligible entities to receive loans under this section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, ensure—

(A)

regional diversity among eligible entities to receive loans under this section, including participation by rural States and small States; and

(B)

that specific projects selected for loans—

(i)

expand on the existing technology deployment program of the Department of Energy; and

(ii)

are designed to achieve 1 or more of the objectives described in paragraph (4).

(4)

Objectives

Each deployment selected for a loan under paragraph (1) shall include 1 or more of the following objectives:

(A)

Improved security and resiliency of energy supply in the event of disruptions caused by extreme weather events, grid equipment or software failure, or terrorist acts.

(B)

Implementation of distributed energy in order to increase use of local renewable energy resources and waste thermal energy sources.

(C)

Enhanced feasibility of microgrids, demand response, or islanding;

(D)

Enhanced management of peak loads for consumers and the grid.

(E)

Enhanced reliability in rural areas, including high energy cost rural areas.

(5)

Restriction on use of funds

Any eligible entity that receives a loan under paragraph (1) may only use the loan to fund programs relating to the deployment of distributed energy systems.

(b)

Loan terms and conditions

(1)

Terms and conditions

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in providing a loan under this section, the Secretary shall provide the loan on such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines, after consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, in accordance with this section.

(2)

Specific appropriation

No loan shall be made unless an appropriation for the full amount of the loan has been specifically provided for that purpose.

(3)

Repayment

No loan shall be made unless the Secretary determines that there is reasonable prospect of repayment of the principal and interest by the borrower of the loan.

(4)

Interest rate

A loan provided under this section shall bear interest at a fixed rate that is equal or approximately equal, in the determination of the Secretary, to the interest rate for Treasury securities of comparable maturity.

(5)

Term

The term of the loan shall require full repayment over a period not to exceed the lesser of—

(A)

20 years; or

(B)

90 percent of the projected useful life of the physical asset to be financed by the loan (as determined by the Secretary).

(6)

Use of payments

Payments of principal and interest on the loan shall—

(A)

be retained by the Secretary to support energy research and development activities; and

(B)

remain available until expended, subject to such conditions as are contained in annual appropriations Acts.

(7)

No penalty on early repayment

The Secretary may not assess any penalty for early repayment of a loan provided under this section.

(8)

Return of unused portion

In order to receive a loan under this section, an eligible entity shall agree to return to the general fund of the Treasury any portion of the loan amount that is unused by the eligible entity within a reasonable period of time after the date of the disbursement of the loan, as determined by the Secretary.

(9)

Comparable wage rates

Each laborer and mechanic employed by a contractor or subcontractor in performance of construction work financed, in whole or in part, by the loan shall be paid wages at rates not less than the rates prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code.

(c)

Rules and procedures; disbursement of loans

(1)

Rules and procedures

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall adopt rules and procedures for carrying out the loan program under subsection (a).

(2)

Disbursement of loans

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the rules and procedures under paragraph (1) are established, the Secretary shall disburse the initial loans provided under this section.

(d)

Reports

Not later than 2 years after the date of receipt of the loan, and annually thereafter for the term of the loan, an eligible entity that receives a loan under this section shall submit to the Secretary a report describing the performance of each program and activity carried out using the loan, including itemized loan performance data.

(e)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as are necessary.

2123.

Technical assistance and grant program

(a)

Establishment

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a technical assistance and grant program (referred to in this section as the program)—

(A)

to disseminate information and provide technical assistance directly to eligible entities so the eligible entities can identify, evaluate, plan, and design distributed energy systems; and

(B)

to make grants to eligible entities so that the eligible entities may contract to obtain technical assistance to identify, evaluate, plan, and design distributed energy systems.

(2)

Technical assistance

The technical assistance described in paragraph (1) shall include assistance with 1 or more of the following activities relating to distributed energy systems:

(A)

Identification of opportunities to use distributed energy systems.

(B)

Assessment of technical and economic characteristics.

(C)

Utility interconnection.

(D)

Permitting and siting issues.

(E)

Business planning and financial analysis.

(F)

Engineering design.

(3)

Information dissemination

The information disseminated under paragraph (1)(A) shall include—

(A)

information relating to the topics described in paragraph (2), including case studies of successful examples;

(B)

computer software and databases for assessment, design, and operation and maintenance of distributed energy systems; and

(C)

public databases that track the operation and deployment of existing and planned distributed energy systems.

(b)

Eligibility

Any nonprofit or for-profit entity shall be eligible to receive technical assistance and grants under the program.

(c)

Applications

(1)

In general

An eligible entity desiring technical assistance or grants under the program shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(2)

Application process

The Secretary shall seek applications for technical assistance and grants under the program—

(A)

on a competitive basis; and

(B)

on a periodic basis, but not less frequently than once every 12 months.

(3)

Priorities

In selecting eligible entities for technical assistance and grants under the program, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities with projects that have the greatest potential for—

(A)

facilitating the use of renewable energy resources;

(B)

strengthening the reliability and resiliency of energy infrastructure to the impact of extreme weather events, power grid failures, and interruptions in supply of fossil fuels;

(C)

improving the feasibility of microgrids or islanding, particularly in rural areas, including high energy cost rural areas;

(D)

minimizing environmental impact, including regulated air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions; and

(E)

maximizing local job creation.

(d)

Grants

On application by an eligible entity, the Secretary may award grants to the eligible entity to provide funds to cover not more than—

(1)

100 percent of the costs of the initial assessment to identify opportunities;

(2)

75 percent of the cost of feasibility studies to assess the potential for the implementation;

(3)

60 percent of the cost of guidance on overcoming barriers to implementation, including financial, contracting, siting, and permitting issues; and

(4)

45 percent of the cost of detailed engineering.

(e)

Rules and procedures

(1)

Rules

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall adopt rules and procedures for carrying out the program.

(2)

Grants

Not later than 120 days after the date of issuance of the rules and procedures for the program, the Secretary shall issue grants under this subtitle.

(f)

Reports

The Secretary shall submit to Congress and make available to the public—

(1)

not less frequently than once every 2 years, a report describing the performance of the program under this section, including a synthesis and analysis of the information provided in the reports submitted to the Secretary under section 2122(d); and

(2)

on termination of the program under this section, an assessment of the success of, and education provided by, the measures carried out by eligible entities during the term of the program.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $250,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

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Geothermal energy opportunities

2131.

National goals for production and site identification

It is the sense of Congress that, not later than 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act—

(1)

the Secretary of the Interior should seek to have approved more than 15,000 megawatts of new geothermal energy capacity on public land across a geographically diverse set of States using the full range of available technologies; and

(2)

the Director of the Geological Survey and the Secretary of Energy should identify sites capable of producing a total of 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power, using the full range of available technologies.

2132.

Priority areas for development on Federal land

The Director of the Bureau of Land Management, in consultation with other appropriate Federal officials, shall—

(1)

identify high-priority areas for new geothermal development; and

(2)

take any actions the Director determines necessary to facilitate that development, consistent with applicable laws.

2133.

Facilitation of coproduction of geothermal energy on oil and gas leases

Section 4(b) of the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1003(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Land subject to oil and gas lease

Land under an oil and gas lease issued pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) or the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands (30 U.S.C. 351 et seq.) that is subject to an approved application for permit to drill and from which oil and gas production is occurring may be available for noncompetitive leasing under this section to the holder of the oil and gas lease—

(A)

on a determination that—

(i)

geothermal energy will be produced from a well producing or capable of producing oil and gas; and

(ii)

national energy security will be improved by the issuance of such a lease; and

(B)

to provide for the coproduction of geothermal energy with oil and gas.

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2134.

Cost-shared exploration

(a)

In general

To promote the goals described in section 2131, the Secretary may conduct a federally funded program of cost-shared drilling with industry partners—

(1)

to explore and document new geothermal resources in the United States; and

(2)

to develop improved tools and methods for geothermal resource identification and extraction, with the goal of achieving material reductions in the cost of exploration with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of drilling success.

(b)

Grants

(1)

In general

To carry out the program described in subsection (a), the Secretary may award cost-share grants on a competitive and merit basis to eligible applicants to support exploration drilling and related activities.

(2)

Project criteria

In selecting applicants to receive grants under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—

(A)

give preference to applicants proposing projects located in a variety of geological and geographical settings with previously unexplored, underexplored, or unproven geothermal resources; and

(B)

consider—

(i)

the potential that the unproven geothermal resources would be explored and developed under the proposed project;

(ii)

the expertise and experience of an applicant in developing geothermal resources; and

(iii)

the contribution the proposed project would make toward meeting the goals described in section 2131.

(c)

Data sharing

(1)

In general

Data from all exploratory wells that are carried out under the program described in subsection (a) shall be provided to the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior for—

(A)

use in mapping national geothermal resources; and

(B)

other purposes, including—

(i)

subsurface geological data;

(ii)

metadata;

(iii)

borehole temperature data; and

(iv)

inclusion in the National Geothermal Data System of the Department.

(2)

Sharing of confidential data

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, confidential data from all exploratory wells that are carried out under the program described in subsection (a) shall be provided to the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior for the purposes described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1), to be available for a period of time to be determined by the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior.

2135.

Use of geothermal lease revenues

(a)

Amounts deposited

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, beginning in the first full fiscal year after the date of enactment of this Act, any amounts received by the United States as rentals, royalties, and other payments required under leases pursuant to the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) (excluding funds required to be paid to State and county governments) and from new geothermal leases issued after the date of enactment of this Act shall be deposited into a separate account in the Treasury.

(b)

Use of deposits

Amounts deposited under subsection (a) shall be available to the Secretary for expenditure, without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation, to carry out section 2134.

(c)

Transfer of funds

To promote the goals described in section 2131, the Secretary may authorize the expenditure or transfer of any funds that are necessary to other cooperating Federal agencies.

2136.

Noncompetitive leasing of adjoining areas for development of geothermal resources

Section 4(b) of the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1003(b)) (as amended by section 2133) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(5)

Adjoining land

(A)

Definitions

In this paragraph:

(i)

Fair market value per acre

The term fair market value per acre means a dollar amount per acre that—

(I)

except as provided in this clause, shall be equal to the market value per acre (taking into account the determination under subparagraph (B)(iii) regarding a valid discovery on the adjoining land), as determined by the Secretary under regulations issued under this paragraph;

(II)

shall be determined by the Secretary with respect to a lease under this paragraph, by not later than the end of the 180-day period beginning on the date the Secretary receives an application for the lease; and

(III)

shall be not less than the greater of—

(aa)

4 times the median amount paid per acre for all land leased under this Act during the preceding year; and

(bb)

$50.

(ii)

Industry standards

The term industry standards means the standards by which a qualified geothermal professional assesses whether downhole or flowing temperature measurements with indications of permeability are sufficient to produce energy from geothermal resources, as determined through flow or injection testing or measurement of lost circulation while drilling.

(iii)

Qualified Federal land

The term qualified Federal land means land that is otherwise available for leasing under this Act.

(iv)

Qualified geothermal professional

The term qualified geothermal professional means an individual who is an engineer or geoscientist in good professional standing with at least 5 years of experience in geothermal exploration, development, or project assessment.

(v)

Qualified lessee

The term qualified lessee means a person that is eligible to hold a geothermal lease under this Act (including applicable regulations).

(vi)

Valid discovery

The term valid discovery means a discovery of a geothermal resource by a new or existing slim hole or production well, that exhibits downhole or flowing temperature measurements with indications of permeability that are sufficient to meet industry standards.

(B)

Authority

An area of qualified Federal land that adjoins other land for which a qualified lessee holds a legal right to develop geothermal resources may be available for a noncompetitive lease under this section to the qualified lessee at the fair market value per acre, if—

(i)

the area of qualified Federal land—

(I)

consists of not less than 1 acre and not more than 640 acres; and

(II)

is not already leased under this Act or nominated to be leased under subsection (a);

(ii)

the qualified lessee has not previously received a noncompetitive lease under this paragraph in connection with the valid discovery for which data has been submitted under clause (iii)(I); and

(iii)

sufficient geological and other technical data prepared by a qualified geothermal professional has been submitted by the qualified lessee to the applicable Federal land management agency that would lead individuals who are experienced in the subject matter to believe that—

(I)

there is a valid discovery of geothermal resources on the land for which the qualified lessee holds the legal right to develop geothermal resources; and

(II)

that thermal feature extends into the adjoining areas.

(C)

Determination of fair market value

(i)

In general

The Secretary shall—

(I)

publish a notice of any request to lease land under this paragraph;

(II)

determine fair market value for purposes of this paragraph in accordance with procedures for making those determinations that are established by regulations issued by the Secretary;

(III)

provide to a qualified lessee and publish, with an opportunity for public comment for a period of 30 days, any proposed determination under this subparagraph of the fair market value of an area that the qualified lessee seeks to lease under this paragraph; and

(IV)

provide to the qualified lessee and any adversely affected party the opportunity to appeal the final determination of fair market value in an administrative proceeding before the applicable Federal land management agency, in accordance with applicable law (including regulations).

(ii)

Limitation on nomination

After publication of a notice of request to lease land under this paragraph, the Secretary may not accept under subsection (a) any nomination of the land for leasing unless the request has been denied or withdrawn.

(iii)

Annual rental

For purposes of section 5(a)(3), a lease awarded under this paragraph shall be considered a lease awarded in a competitive lease sale.

(D)

Regulations

Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall issue regulations to carry out this paragraph.

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2137.

Large-scale geothermal energy

Title VI of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is amended by inserting after section 616 (42 U.S.C. 17195) the following:

616A.

Large-scale geothermal energy

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Geothermal Technologies Program of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Department has included a focus on direct use of geothermal energy in the low-temperature geothermal energy subprogram (including in the development of a research and development plan for the program);

(2)

the Building Technologies Program of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Department—

(A)

is focused on the energy demand and energy efficiency of buildings; and

(B)

includes geothermal heat pumps as a component technology in the residential and commercial deployment activities of the program; and

(3)

geothermal heat pumps and direct use of geothermal energy, especially in large-scale applications, can make a significant contribution to the use of renewable energy but are underrepresented in research, development, demonstration, and commercialization.

(b)

Purposes

The purposes of this section are—

(1)

to improve the components, processes, and systems used for geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy; and

(2)

to increase the energy efficiency, lower the cost, increase the use, and improve and demonstrate the applicability of geothermal heat pumps to, and the direct use of geothermal energy in, large buildings, commercial districts, residential communities, and large municipal, agricultural, or industrial projects.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Direct use of geothermal energy

The term direct use of geothermal energy means systems that use water that is at a temperature between approximately 38 degrees Celsius and 149 degrees Celsius directly or through a heat exchanger to provide—

(A)

heating to buildings; or

(B)

heat required for industrial processes, agriculture, aquaculture, and other facilities.

(2)

Geothermal heat pump

The term geothermal heat pump means a system that provides heating and cooling by exchanging heat from shallow ground or surface water using—

(A)

a closed loop system, which transfers heat by way of buried or immersed pipes that contain a mix of water and working fluid; or

(B)

an open loop system, which circulates ground or surface water directly into the building and returns the water to the same aquifer or surface water source.

(3)

Large-scale application

The term large-scale application means an application for space or process heating or cooling for large entities with a name-plate capacity, expected resource, or rating of 10 or more megawatts, such as a large building, commercial district, residential community, or a large municipal, agricultural, or industrial project.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

(d)

Program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a program of research, development, and demonstration for geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy.

(2)

Areas

The program may include research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of—

(A)

geothermal ground loop efficiency improvements through more efficient heat transfer fluids;

(B)

geothermal ground loop efficiency improvements through more efficient thermal grouts for wells and trenches;

(C)

geothermal ground loop installation cost reduction through—

(i)

improved drilling methods;

(ii)

improvements in drilling equipment;

(iii)

improvements in design methodology and energy analysis procedures; and

(iv)

improved methods for determination of ground thermal properties and ground temperatures;

(D)

installing geothermal ground loops near the foundation walls of new construction to take advantage of existing structures;

(E)

using gray or black wastewater as a method of heat exchange;

(F)

improving geothermal heat pump system economics through integration of geothermal systems with other building systems, including providing hot and cold water and rejecting or circulating industrial process heat through refrigeration heat rejection and waste heat recovery;

(G)

advanced geothermal systems using variable pumping rates to increase efficiency;

(H)

geothermal heat pump efficiency improvements;

(I)

use of hot water found in mines and mine shafts and other surface waters as the heat exchange medium;

(J)

heating of districts, neighborhoods, communities, large commercial or public buildings (including office, retail, educational, government, and institutional buildings and multifamily residential buildings and campuses), and industrial and manufacturing facilities;

(K)

geothermal system integration with solar thermal water heating or cool roofs and solar-regenerated desiccants to balance loads and use building hot water to store geothermal energy;

(L)

use of hot water coproduced from oil and gas recovery;

(M)

use of water sources at a temperature of less than 150 degrees Celsius for direct use;

(N)

system integration of direct use with geothermal electricity production; and

(O)

coproduction of heat and power, including on-site use.

(3)

Environmental impacts

In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall identify and mitigate potential environmental impacts in accordance with section 614(c).

(e)

Grants

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall make grants available to State and local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofit entities, utilities, and for-profit companies (including manufacturers of heat-pump and direct-use components and systems) to promote the development of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy.

(2)

Priority

In making grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to proposals that apply to large buildings (including office, retail, educational, government, institutional, and multifamily residential buildings and campuses and industrial and manufacturing facilities), commercial districts, and residential communities.

(3)

National solicitation

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall conduct a national solicitation for applications for grants under this section.

(f)

Reports

(1)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this section and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives a report on progress made and results obtained under this section to develop geothermal heat pumps and direct use of geothermal energy.

(2)

Areas

Each of the reports required under this subsection shall include—

(A)

an analysis of progress made in each of the areas described in subsection (d)(2); and

(B)
(i)

a description of any relevant recommendations made during a review of the program; and

(ii)

any plans to address the recommendations under clause (i).

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2138.

Report to Congress

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act and not less frequently than once every 5 years thereafter, the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the progress made towards achieving the goals described in section 2131.

2139.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subtitle such sums as are necessary.

L

Clean coal technology research

2141.

Fossil energy

Section 961(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16291(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8)

Improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels.

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M

Long-term contracts

2151.

Contracts for Federal purchases of energy

Part 3 of title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act is amended by adding after section 553 (42 U.S.C. 8259b) the following:

554.

Long-term contracts for energy

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding section 501(b)(1)(B) of title 40, United States Code, a contract for the acquisition of renewable energy or energy from cogeneration facilities for the Federal Government may be made for a period not to exceed 30 years.

(b)

Standardized energy purchase agreement

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary, acting through the Federal Energy Management Program, shall publish a standardized energy purchase agreement setting forth commercial terms and conditions that agencies may use to acquire renewable energy or energy from cogeneration facilities.

(c)

Technical assistance

The Secretary shall provide technical assistance to assist agencies in implementing this section.

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N

Promoting renewable energy with shared solar

2161.

Provision of interconnection service and net billing service for community solar facilities

(a)

In general

Section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)) (as amended by section 2020(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(21)

Community solar facilities

(A)

Definitions

In this paragraph:

(i)

Community solar facility

The term community solar facility means a solar photovoltaic system that—

(I)

allocates electricity to multiple individual electric consumers of an electric utility;

(II)

has a nameplate rating of 2 megawatts or less; and

(III)

is—

(aa)

owned by the electric utility, jointly owned, or third-party-owned;

(bb)

connected to a local distribution facility of the electric utility; and

(cc)

located on or off the property of a consumer of the electricity.

(ii)

Interconnection service

The term interconnection service means a service provided by an electric utility to an electric consumer, in accordance with the standards described in paragraph (15), through which a community solar facility is connected to an applicable local distribution facility.

(iii)

Net billing service

The term net billing service means a service provided by an electric utility to an electric consumer through which electric energy generated for that electric consumer from a community solar facility may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.

(B)

Requirement

On receipt of a request of an electric consumer served by the electric utility, each electric utility shall make available to the electric consumer interconnection service and net billing service for a community solar facility.

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(b)

Compliance

(1)

Time limitations

Section 112(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(b)) (as amended by section 2020(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8)
(A)

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority) and each nonregulated utility shall commence consideration under section 111, or set a hearing date for consideration, with respect to the standard established by paragraph (21) of section 111(d).

(B)

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority), and each nonregulated electric utility shall complete the consideration and make the determination under section 111 with respect to the standard established by paragraph (21) of section 111(d).

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(2)

Failure to comply

(A)

In general

Section 112(c) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(c)) (as amended by section 2020(b)(2)) is amended—

(i)

by striking such paragraph (14) and all that follows through paragraphs (16) and inserting such paragraph (14). In the case of the standard established by paragraph (15) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (15). In the case of the standards established by paragraphs (16); and

(ii)

by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (21) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (21)..

(B)

Technical correction

(i)

In general

Section 1254(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58; 119 Stat. 971) is amended by striking paragraph (2).

(ii)

Treatment

The amendment made by paragraph (2) of section 1254(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58; 119 Stat. 971) (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act) is void, and section 112(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(d)) shall be in effect as if those amendments had not been enacted.

(3)

Prior State actions

(A)

In general

Section 112 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Prior State actions

Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to the standard established by paragraph (21) of section 111(d) in the case of any electric utility in a State if, before the date of enactment of this subsection—

(1)

the State has implemented for the electric utility the standard (or a comparable standard);

(2)

the State regulatory authority for the State or the relevant nonregulated electric utility has conducted a proceeding to consider implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility; or

(3)

the State legislature has voted on the implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility.

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(B)

Cross-reference

Section 124 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2634) is amended by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (21) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (21)..

O

Report on Low- and No-Carbon Energy Technologies

2171.

Report

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year before the date on which the credits under sections 45L, 45S, 45T, 48E, 179D, and 179F of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 expire, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Treasury, shall submit to the Committees on Finance and Energy of the Senate and the Committees on Natural Resources, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce of the House of Representative a report on whether continuation of the credits under sections 45L, 45S, 45T, 48E, 179D, and 179F of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 remains necessary to achieve the carbon savings goal described in section 3001(1).

(b)

Requirements

In preparing the report required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consider—

(1)

regional differences in energy prices;

(2)

the innovation and diffusion of new technologies; and

(3)

the interaction between the credits and other Federal and State incentives for renewable and conventional energy sources.

P

Loan programs

2181.

Terms and conditions for incentives for innovative technologies

(a)

Borrower payment of subsidy cost

(1)

In general

Section 1702 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16512) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(l)

Borrower payment of subsidy cost

(1)

In general

In addition to the requirement in subsection (b)(1), no guarantee shall be made unless the Secretary has received from the borrower not less than 25 percent of the cost of the guarantee.

(2)

Estimate

The Secretary shall provide to the borrower, as soon as practicable, an estimate or range of the cost of the guarantee under paragraph (1).

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(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 1702(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16512(b)) is amended—

(A)

by striking (1) In general.—No guarantee and inserting the following: Subject to subsection (l), no guarantee;

(B)

by redesignating subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) as paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), respectively, and indenting appropriately; and

(C)

in paragraph (3) (as so redesignated)—

(i)

by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting paragraph (1); and

(ii)

by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting paragraph (2).

(b)

Prohibition on subordination of debt

Section 1702(d)(3) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16512(d)(3)) is amended by striking is not subordinate and inserting (including any reorganization, restructuring, or termination of the obligation) shall not at any time be subordinate.

(c)

Loan program transparency

Section 1703 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16513) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(f)

Loan status

(1)

Request

If the Secretary does not make a final decision on an application for a loan guarantee under this section by the date that is 270 days after receipt of the application by the Secretary, on that date and every 90 days thereafter until the final decision is made, the applicant may request that the Secretary provide to the applicant a description of the status of the application.

(2)

Response

Not later than 10 days after receiving a request from an applicant under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide to the applicant a response that includes—

(A)

a summary of any factors that are delaying a final decision on the application; and

(B)

an estimate of when review of the application will be completed.

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(d)

Temporary program for rapid deployment of renewable energy and electric power transmission projects

(1)

Repeal

Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16516) is repealed.

(2)

Rescission

There is rescinded the unobligated balance of amounts made available to carry out the loan guarantee program established under section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16516) (before the amendment made by paragraph (1)).

(3)

Management

The Secretary shall ensure rigorous continued management and oversight of all outstanding loans guaranteed under the program described in subsection (b) until those loans have been repaid in full.

2182.

State loan eligibility

(a)

Definitions

Section 1701 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16511) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(6)

State

The term State has the meaning given the term in section 202 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6802).

(7)

State energy financing institution

(A)

In general

The term State energy financing institution means a quasi-independent entity or an entity within a State agency or financing authority established by a State—

(i)

to provide financing support or credit enhancements, including loan guarantees and loan loss reserves, for eligible projects; and

(ii)

to create liquid markets for eligible projects, including warehousing and securitization, or take other steps to reduce financial barriers to the deployment of existing and new eligible projects.

(B)

Inclusion

The term State energy financing institution includes an entity or organization established to achieve the purposes described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) by an Indian tribal entity or an Alaska Native Corporation.

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(b)

Terms and conditions

Section 1702 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16512) (as amended by section 4001(a)(1)) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by inserting or to a State energy financing institution after for projects; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(m)

State energy financing institutions

(1)

Eligibility

To be eligible for a guarantee under this title, a State energy financing institution—

(A)

shall meet the requirements of section 1703(a)(1); and

(B)

shall not be required to meet the requirements of section 1703(a)(2).

(2)

Partnerships authorized

In carrying out a project receiving a loan guarantee under this title, State energy financing institutions may enter into partnerships with private entities, tribal entities, and Alaska Native corporations.

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III

Cutting pollution and waste

A

Carbon savings goal

3001.

Policy of United States on addressing climate change

It is the policy of the United States—

(1)

to use appropriate authorities and available technologies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the United States by not less than 2 percent per year on average through 2025;

(2)

to make the investments necessary to improve the resilience of vulnerable communities and infrastructure in the United States to the impacts of climate change that can no longer be prevented; and

(3)

to exercise the international leadership position of the United States to address climate change by securing commitments from other major carbon-emitting countries to meet their own carbon pollution reduction targets in a transparent and verifiable manner.

B

American energy efficiency

3011.

Energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas suppliers

(a)

In general

Title VI of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

610.

Federal energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas suppliers

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Base quantity

(A)

In general

The term base quantity, with respect to a retail electricity supplier or retail natural gas supplier, means, for each calendar year for which a performance standard is established under subsection (c), the average annual quantity of electricity or natural gas delivered by the retail electricity supplier or retail natural gas supplier to retail customers during the 3 calendar years immediately preceding the first year that compliance is required under subsection (c)(1).

(B)

Exclusion

The term base quantity, with respect to a retail natural gas supplier, does not include natural gas delivered for purposes of electricity generation.

(2)

Customer facility savings

The term customer facility savings means a reduction in end-use electricity or natural gas consumption (including waste heat energy savings) at a facility of an end-use consumer of electricity or natural gas served by a retail electricity supplier or natural gas supplier, as compared to—

(A)

in the case of a new facility, consumption at a reference facility of average efficiency;

(B)

in the case of an existing facility, consumption at the facility during a base period of not less than 1 year;

(C)

in the case of new equipment that replaces existing equipment at the end of the useful life of the existing equipment, consumption by new equipment of average efficiency of the same equipment type, except that customer savings under this subparagraph shall not be counted towards customer savings under subparagraph (A) or (B); and

(D)

in the case of new equipment that replaces existing equipment with remaining useful life—

(i)

consumption of the existing equipment for the remaining useful life of the equipment; and

(ii)

thereafter, consumption of new equipment of average efficiency.

(3)

Electricity savings

The term electricity savings means reductions in electricity consumption achieved through measures implemented after the date of enactment of this section, as determined in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, that are limited to—

(A)

customer facility savings of electricity, adjusted to reflect any associated increase in fuel consumption at the facility;

(B)

reductions in distribution system losses of electricity achieved by a retail electricity supplier, as compared to losses attributable to new or replacement distribution system equipment of average efficiency, as defined in regulations promulgated by the Secretary;

(C)

CHP savings;

(D)

codes and standards savings of electricity; and

(E)

fuel switching energy savings that results in net savings of electricity.

(4)

Natural gas savings

The term natural gas savings means reductions in natural gas consumption from measures implemented after the date of enactment of this section, as determined in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, that are limited to—

(A)

customer facility savings of natural gas, adjusted to reflect any associated increase in electricity consumption or consumption of other fuels at the facility;

(B)

reductions in leakage, operational losses, and consumption of natural gas fuel to operate a gas distribution system, achieved by a retail natural gas supplier, as compared to similar leakage, losses, and consumption during a base period of not less than 1 year;

(C)

codes and standards savings of natural gas; and

(D)

fuel switching energy savings that results in net savings of natural gas.

(5)

Retail electricity supplier

(A)

In general

The term retail electricity supplier means, for any given calendar year, an electric utility that sells not less than 1,000,000 megawatt hours of electric energy to electric consumers for purposes other than resale during the preceding calendar year.

(B)

Inclusions and limitations

For purposes of determining whether an electric utility qualifies as a retail electricity supplier under subparagraph (A)—

(i)

deliveries by any affiliate of an electric utility to electric consumers for purposes other than resale shall be considered to be deliveries by the electric utility; and

(ii)

deliveries by any electric utility to a lessee, tenant, or affiliate of the electric utility shall not be considered to be deliveries to electric consumers.

(6)

Retail natural gas supplier

(A)

In general

The term retail natural gas supplier means, for any given calendar year, a local distribution company (as defined in section 2 of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (15 U.S.C. 3301)), that delivered to natural gas consumers more than 5,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas for purposes other than resale during the preceding calendar year.

(B)

Inclusions and limitations

For purposes of determining whether a person qualifies as a retail natural gas supplier under subparagraph (A)—

(i)

deliveries of natural gas by any affiliate of a local distribution company to consumers for purposes other than resale shall be considered to be deliveries by the local distribution company; and

(ii)

deliveries of natural gas to a lessee, tenant, or affiliate of a local distribution company shall not be considered to be deliveries to natural gas consumers.

(b)

Establishment of program

(1)

Regulations

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall, by regulation, establish a program to implement and enforce the requirements of this section, including by—

(A)

defining the terms CHP savings, code and standards savings, combined heat and power system, cost-effective, fuel switching energy savings, reporting period, third-party efficiency provider, and waste heat energy savings;

(B)

establishing measurement and verification procedures and standards that count only measures and savings that are additional to business-as-usual customer purchase practices;

(C)

establishing requirements under which retail electricity suppliers and retail natural gas suppliers shall—

(i)

demonstrate, document, and report the compliance of the retail electricity suppliers and retail natural gas suppliers with the performance standards under subsection (c); and

(ii)

estimate the impact of the standards on current and future electricity and natural gas use in the service territories of the suppliers;

(D)

establishing requirements governing applications for, and implementation of, delegated State administration under subsection (e); and

(E)

establishing rules to govern transfers of electricity or natural gas savings between suppliers and third-party efficiency providers serving the same State and between suppliers and third-party efficiency providers serving different States.

(2)

Coordination with State programs

In establishing and implementing this section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, preserve the integrity and incorporate best practices of existing State energy efficiency programs.

(c)

Performance standards

(1)

Compliance obligation

Not later than May 1 of the calendar year immediately following each reporting period—

(A)

each retail electricity supplier shall submit to the Secretary a report, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, demonstrating that the retail electricity supplier has achieved cumulative electricity savings (adjusted to account for any attrition of savings measures implemented in prior years) in each calendar year that are equal to the applicable percentage of the base quantity of the retail electricity supplier; and

(B)

each retail natural gas supplier shall submit to the Secretary a report, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, demonstrating that it has achieved cumulative natural gas savings (adjusted to account for any attrition of savings measures implemented in prior years) in each calendar year that are equal to the applicable percentage of the base quantity of such retail natural gas supplier.

(2)

Standards for 2017 through 2030

For each of calendar years 2017 through 2030, the applicable percentages are as follows:

Calendar YearCumulative Electricity
Savings Percentage
Cumulative Natural Gas
Savings Percentage
2017 1.00 0.50
2018 2.00 1.25
2019 3.00 2.00
2020 4.25 3.00
2021 5.50 4.00
2022 7.00 5.00
2023 8.50 6.00
202410.00 7.00
202511.50 8.00
202613.00 9.00
202714.7510.00
202816.5011.00
202918.2512.00
203020.0013.00.
(3)

Subsequent years

(A)

Calendar years 2031 through 2040

Not later than December 31, 2028, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations establishing performance standards (expressed as applicable percentages of base quantity for both cumulative electricity savings and cumulative natural gas savings) for each of calendar years 2031 through 2040.

(B)

Requirements

The Secretary shall establish standards under this paragraph at levels reflecting the maximum achievable level of cost-effective energy efficiency potential, taking into account—

(i)

cost-effective energy savings achieved by leading retail electricity suppliers and retail natural gas suppliers;

(ii)

opportunities for new codes and standard savings;

(iii)

technology improvements; and

(iv)

other indicators of cost-effective energy efficiency potential including differences between States.

(C)

Minimum percentage

In no case shall the applicable percentages for any calendar year be less than the applicable percentages for calendar year 2030.

(4)

Delay of submission for first reporting period

(A)

In general

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), for the 2017 reporting period, the Secretary may accept a request from a retail electricity supplier or a retail natural gas supplier to delay the required submission of documentation of all or part of the required savings for up to 2 years.

(B)

Plan for compliance

The request for delay under subparagraph (A) shall include a plan for coming into full compliance by the end of the 2018–2019 reporting period.

(5)

Applying unused savings to future years

If savings achieved in a year exceed the performance standards specified in this subsection, any savings in excess of the performance standards may be applied toward performance standards specified for future years.

(d)

Enforcement and judicial review

(1)

Review of retail supplier reports

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall review each report submitted to the Secretary by a retail electricity supplier or retail natural gas supplier under subsection (c) to verify that the applicable performance standards under subsection (c) have been met.

(B)

Exclusion

In determining compliance with the applicable performance standards under subsection (c), the Secretary shall exclude reported electricity savings or natural gas savings that are not adequately demonstrated and documented, in accordance with the regulations promulgated under subsections (b) and (c).

(2)

Penalty for failure to document adequate savings

If a retail electricity supplier or a retail natural gas supplier fails to demonstrate compliance with an applicable performance standard under subsection (c), or to pay to the State an applicable alternative compliance payment under subsection (e)(3), the Secretary shall assess against the retail electricity supplier or retail natural gas supplier a civil penalty for each failure in an amount equal to, as adjusted for inflation in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary may promulgate—

(A)

$100 per megawatt hour of electricity savings or alternative compliance payment that the retail electricity supplier failed to achieve or make, respectively; or

(B)

$10 per million Btu of natural gas savings or alternative compliance payment that the retail natural gas supplier failed to achieve or make, respectively.

(3)

Offsetting State penalties

The Secretary shall reduce the amount of any penalty under paragraph (2) by the amount paid by the relevant retail electricity supplier or retail natural gas supplier to a State for failure to comply with the requirements of a State energy efficiency resource standard during the same compliance period.

(4)

Enforcement procedures

The Secretary shall assess a civil penalty, as provided under paragraph (2), in accordance with the procedures described in section 333(d) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 6303).

(e)

State administration

(1)

In general

On receipt of an application from the Governor of a State (including the Mayor of the District of Columbia), the Secretary may delegate to the State responsibility for administering this section within the territory of the State if the Secretary determines that the State will implement an energy efficiency program that meets or exceeds the requirements of this section.

(2)

Secretarial determination

Not later than 180 days after the date on which a complete application is received by the Secretary, the Secretary shall make a substantive determination approving or disapproving a State application, after public notice and comment.

(3)

Alternative compliance payments

(A)

In general

As part of an application submitted under paragraph (1), a State may permit retail electricity suppliers or retail natural gas suppliers to pay to the State, by not later than May 1 of the calendar year immediately following the applicable reporting period, an alternative compliance payment in an amount equal to, as adjusted for inflation in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary may promulgate, not less than—

(i)

$50 per megawatt hour of electricity savings needed to make up any deficit with regard to a compliance obligation under the applicable performance standard; or

(ii)

$5 per million Btu of natural gas savings needed to make up any deficit with regard to a compliance obligation under the applicable performance standard.

(B)

Use of payments

Alternative compliance payments collected by a State under subparagraph (A) shall be used by the State to administer the delegated authority of the State under this section and to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs that—

(i)

to the maximum extent practicable, achieve electricity savings and natural gas savings in the State sufficient to make up the deficit associated with the alternative compliance payments; and

(ii)

can be measured and verified in accordance with the applicable procedures and standards under subsection (b)(1)(B).

(4)

Review of State implementation

(A)

Periodic review

Every 2 years, the Secretary shall review State implementation of this section for conformance with the requirements of this section in approximately 1/2 of the States that have received approval under this subsection to administer the program, so that each State shall be reviewed at least every 4 years.

(B)

Report

To facilitate the review under subparagraph (A), the Secretary may require the State to submit a report demonstrating the conformance of the State with the requirements of this section.

(C)

Deficiencies

(i)

In general

In completing a review under this paragraph, if the Secretary finds deficiencies, the Secretary shall—

(I)

notify the State of the deficiencies;

(II)

direct the State to correct the deficiencies; and

(III)

require the State to report to the Secretary on progress made by not later than 180 days after the date on which the State receives notice under subclause (I).

(ii)

Substantial deficiencies

If the deficiencies are substantial, the Secretary shall—

(I)

disallow the reported electricity savings or natural gas savings that the Secretary determines are not credible due to deficiencies;

(II)

re-review the State not later than 2 years after the date on which the original review was completed; and

(III)

if substantial deficiencies remain uncorrected after the review provided for under subclause (II), revoke the authority of the State to administer the program established under this section.

(f)

Information and reports

In accordance with section 13 of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 772), the Secretary may require any retail electricity supplier, retail natural gas supplier, third-party efficiency provider, or any other entity that the Secretary determines appropriate, to provide any information the Secretary determines appropriate to carry out this section.

(g)

State law

Nothing in this section diminishes or qualifies any authority of a State or political subdivision of a State to adopt or enforce any law or regulation respecting electricity savings or natural gas savings, including any law or regulation establishing energy efficiency requirements that are more stringent than those under this section, except that no State law or regulation shall relieve any person of any requirement otherwise applicable under this section.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of contents of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. prec. 2601) is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to title VI the following:

Sec. 609. Rural and remote communities electrification grants.

Sec. 610. Federal energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas suppliers.

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C

Energy efficiency retrofit program

3021.

Energy efficiency retrofit pilot program

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Applicant

The term applicant means a nonprofit organization that applies for a grant under this section.

(2)

Energy-efficiency improvement

(A)

In general

The term energy-efficiency improvement means an installed measure (including a product, equipment, system, service, or practice) that results in a reduction in use by a nonprofit organization for energy or fuel supplied from outside the nonprofit building.

(B)

Inclusions

The term energy-efficiency improvement includes an installed measure described in subparagraph (A) involving—

(i)

repairing, replacing, or installing—

(I)

a roof or lighting system, or component of a roof or lighting system;

(II)

a window;

(III)

a door, including a security door; or

(IV)

a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system or component of the system (including insulation and wiring and plumbing improvements needed to serve a more efficient system);

(ii)

a renewable energy generation or heating system, including a solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, or biomass (including wood pellet) system or component of the system; and

(iii)

any other measure taken to modernize, renovate, or repair a nonprofit building to make the nonprofit building more energy efficient.

(3)

Nonprofit building

(A)

In general

The term nonprofit building means a building operated and owned by a nonprofit organization.

(B)

Inclusions

The term nonprofit building includes a building described in subparagraph (A) that is—

(i)

a hospital;

(ii)

a youth center;

(iii)

a school;

(iv)

a social-welfare program facility;

(v)

a faith-based organization; and

(vi)

any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.

(b)

Establishment

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a pilot program to award grants for the purpose of retrofitting nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency improvements.

(c)

Grants

(1)

In general

The Secretary may award grants under the program established under subsection (b).

(2)

Application

The Secretary may award a grant under this section if an applicant submits to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may prescribe.

(3)

Criteria for grant

In determining whether to award a grant under this section, the Secretary shall apply performance-based criteria, which shall give priority to applications based on—

(A)

the energy savings achieved;

(B)

the cost-effectiveness of the energy-efficiency improvement;

(C)

an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings;

(D)

the financial need of the applicant; and

(E)

the percentage of the matching contribution by the applicant.

(4)

Limitation on individual grant amount

Each grant awarded under this section shall not exceed—

(A)

an amount equal to 50 percent of the energy-efficiency improvement; and

(B)

$200,000.

(5)

Cost sharing

(A)

In general

A grant awarded under this section shall be subject to a minimum non-Federal cost-sharing requirement of 50 percent.

(B)

In-kind contributions

The non-Federal share may be provided in the form of in-kind contributions of materials or services.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

D

Weatherization enhancement and local energy efficiency investment and accountability

3031.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the State energy program established under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) (referred to in this section as SEP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons established under part A of title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6861 et seq.) (referred to in this section as WAP) have proven to be beneficial, long-term partnerships among Federal, State, and local partners;

(2)

the SEP and the WAP have been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis over many years to address changing national, regional, and State circumstances and needs, especially through—

(A)

the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.);

(B)

the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.);

(C)

the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–440; 104 Stat. 1006);

(D)

the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13201 et seq.);

(E)

the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801 et seq.); and

(F)

the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17001 et seq.);

(3)

the SEP, also known as the State energy conservation program

(A)

was first created in 1975 to implement a State-based, national program in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, economic development, energy emergency preparedness, and energy policy; and

(B)

has come to operate in every sector of the economy in support of the private sector to improve productivity and has dramatically reduced the cost of government through energy savings at the State and local levels;

(4)

Federal laboratory studies have concluded that, for every Federal dollar invested through the SEP, more than $7 is saved in energy costs and almost $11 in non-Federal funds is leveraged;

(5)

the WAP—

(A)

was first created in 1976 to assist low-income families in response to the first oil embargo;

(B)

has become the largest residential energy conservation program in the United States, with more than 7,100,000 homes weatherized since the WAP was created;

(C)

saves an estimated 35 percent of consumption in the typical weatherized home, yielding average annual savings of $437 per year in home energy costs;

(D)

has created thousands of jobs in both the construction sector and in the supply chain of materials suppliers, vendors, and manufacturers who supply the WAP;

(E)

returns $2.51 in energy savings for every Federal dollar spent in energy and nonenergy benefits over the life of weatherized homes;

(F)

serves as a foundation for residential energy efficiency retrofit standards, technical skills, and workforce training for the emerging broader market and reduces residential and power plant emissions of carbon dioxide by 2.65 metric tons each year per home; and

(G)

has decreased national energy consumption by the equivalent of 24,100,000 barrels of oil annually;

(6)

the WAP can be enhanced with the addition of a targeted portion of the Federal funds through an innovative program that supports projects performed by qualified nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated capacity to build, renovate, repair, or improve the energy efficiency of a significant number of low-income homes, building on the success of the existing program without replacing the existing WAP network or creating a separate delivery mechanism for basic WAP services;

(7)

the WAP has increased energy efficiency opportunities by promoting new, competitive public-private sector models of retrofitting low-income homes through new Federal partnerships;

(8)

improved monitoring and reporting of the work product of the WAP has yielded benefits, and expanding independent verification of efficiency work will support the long-term goals of the WAP;

(9)

reports of the Government Accountability Office in 2011, the Inspector General of the Department, and State auditors have identified State-level deficiencies in monitoring efforts that can be addressed in a manner that will ensure that WAP funds are used more effectively;

(10)

through the history of the WAP, the WAP has evolved with improvements in efficiency technology, including, in the 1990s, many States adopting advanced home energy audits, which has led to great returns on investment; and

(11)

as the home energy efficiency industry has become more performance-based, the WAP should continue to use those advances in technology and the professional workforce.

3032.

Reauthorization of Weatherization Assistance Program

Section 422 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6872) is amended by striking appropriated— and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting appropriated $450,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020..

3033.

Grants for new, self-sustaining low-income, single-family, and multifamily housing energy retrofit model programs to eligible multi-State housing and energy nonprofit organizations

The Energy Conservation and Production Act is amended by inserting after section 414B (42 U.S.C. 6864b) the following:

414C.

Grants for new, self-sustaining low-income, single-family, and multifamily housing energy retrofit model programs to eligible multi-State housing and energy nonprofit organizations

(a)

Purposes

The purposes of this section are—

(1)

to expand the number of low-income, single-family and multifamily homes that receive energy efficiency retrofits;

(2)

to promote innovation and new models of retrofitting low-income homes through new Federal partnerships with covered organizations that leverage substantial donations, donated materials, volunteer labor, homeowner labor equity, and other private sector resources;

(3)

to assist the covered organizations in demonstrating, evaluating, improving, and replicating widely the model low-income energy retrofit programs of the covered organizations; and

(4)

to ensure that the covered organizations make the energy retrofit programs of the covered organizations self-sustaining by the time grant funds have been expended.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered organization

The term covered organization means an organization that—

(A)

is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that Code; and

(B)

has an established record of constructing, renovating, repairing, or making energy efficient a total of not less than 250 owner-occupied, single-family or multifamily homes per year for low-income households, either directly or through affiliates, chapters, or other direct partners (using the most recent year for which data are available).

(2)

Low-income

The term low-income means an income level that is not more than 200 percent of the poverty level (as determined in accordance with criteria established by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget) applicable to a family of the size involved, except that the Secretary may establish a higher or lower level if the Secretary determines that a higher or lower level is necessary to carry out this section.

(3)

Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons

The term Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons means the program established under this part (including part 440 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, or successor regulations).

(c)

Competitive grant program

The Secretary shall make grants to covered organizations through a national competitive process for use in accordance with this section.

(d)

Award factors

In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall consider—

(1)

the number of low-income homes the applicant—

(A)

has built, renovated, repaired, or made more energy efficient as of the date of the application; and

(B)

can reasonably be projected to build, renovate, repair, or make energy efficient during the 10-year period beginning on the date of the application;

(2)

the qualifications, experience, and past performance of the applicant, including experience successfully managing and administering Federal funds;

(3)

the number and diversity of States and climates in which the applicant works as of the date of the application;

(4)

the amount of non-Federal funds, donated or discounted materials, discounted or volunteer skilled labor, volunteer unskilled labor, homeowner labor equity, and other resources the applicant will provide;

(5)

the extent to which the applicant could successfully replicate the energy retrofit program of the applicant and sustain the program after the grant funds have been expended;

(6)

regional diversity;

(7)

urban, suburban, and rural localities; and

(8)

such other factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(e)

Applications

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall request proposals from covered organizations.

(2)

Administration

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(3)

Awards

Not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of a request for proposals, the Secretary shall award grants under this section.

(f)

Eligible uses of grant funds

A grant under this section may be used for—

(1)

energy efficiency audits, cost-effective retrofit, and related activities in different climatic regions of the United States;

(2)

energy efficiency materials and supplies;

(3)

organizational capacity—

(A)

to significantly increase the number of energy retrofits;

(B)

to replicate an energy retrofit program in other States; and

(C)

to ensure that the program is self-sustaining after the Federal grant funds are expended;

(4)

energy efficiency, audit and retrofit training, and ongoing technical assistance;

(5)

information to homeowners on proper maintenance and energy savings behaviors;

(6)

quality control and improvement;

(7)

data collection, measurement, and verification;

(8)

program monitoring, oversight, evaluation, and reporting;

(9)

management and administration (up to a maximum of 10 percent of the total grant);

(10)

labor and training activities; and

(11)

such other activities as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(g)

Maximum amount

(1)

In general

The amount of a grant provided under this section shall not exceed—

(A)

if the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year is $225,000,000 or more, $5,000,000; and

(B)

if the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year is less than $225,000,000, $1,500,000.

(2)

Technical and training assistance

The total amount of a grant provided under this section shall be reduced by the cost of any technical and training assistance provided by the Secretary that relates to the grant.

(h)

Guidelines

(1)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue guidelines to implement the grant program established under this section.

(2)

Administration

The guidelines—

(A)

shall not apply to the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons, in whole or major part; but

(B)

may rely on applicable provisions of law governing the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons to establish—

(i)

standards for allowable expenditures;

(ii)

a minimum savings-to-investment ratio;

(iii)

standards—

(I)

to carry out training programs;

(II)

to conduct energy audits and program activities;

(III)

to provide technical assistance;

(IV)

to monitor program activities; and

(V)

to verify energy and cost savings;

(iv)

liability insurance requirements; and

(v)

recordkeeping requirements, which shall include reporting to the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs of the Department of Energy applicable data on each home retrofitted.

(i)

Review and evaluation

The Secretary shall review and evaluate the performance of any covered organization that receives a grant under this section (which may include an audit), as determined by the Secretary.

(j)

Compliance with State and local law

Nothing in this section or any program carried out using a grant provided under this section supersedes or otherwise affects any State or local law, to the extent that the State or local law contains a requirement that is more stringent than the applicable requirement of this section.

(k)

Annual reports

The Secretary shall submit to Congress annual reports that provide—

(1)

findings;

(2)

a description of energy and cost savings achieved and actions taken under this section; and

(3)

any recommendations for further action.

(l)

Funding

Of the amount of funds that are made available to carry out the Weatherization Assistance Program for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020 under section 422, the Secretary shall use to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020—

(1)

2 percent of the amount if the amount is less than $225,000,000;

(2)

5 percent of the amount if the amount is $225,000,000 or more but less than $260,000,000;

(3)

10 percent of the amount if the amount is $260,000,000 or more but less than $400,000,000; and

(4)

20 percent of the amount if the amount is $400,000,000 or more.

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3034.

Standards program

Section 415 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6865) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(f)

Standards program

(1)

Contractor qualification

Effective beginning January 1, 2016, to be eligible to carry out weatherization using funds made available under this part, a contractor shall be selected through a competitive bidding process and be—

(A)

accredited by the Building Performance Institute;

(B)

an Energy Smart Home Performance Team accredited under the Residential Energy Services Network; or

(C)

accredited by an equivalent accreditation or program accreditation-based State certification program approved by the Secretary.

(2)

Grants for energy retrofit model programs

(A)

In general

To be eligible to receive a grant under section 414C, a covered organization (as defined in section 414C(b)) shall use a crew chief who—

(i)

is certified or accredited in accordance with paragraph (1); and

(ii)

supervises the work performed with grant funds.

(B)

Volunteer labor

A volunteer who performs work for a covered organization that receives a grant under section 414C shall not be required to be certified under this subsection if the volunteer is not directly installing or repairing mechanical equipment or other items that require skilled labor.

(C)

Training

The Secretary shall use training and technical assistance funds available to the Secretary to assist covered organizations under section 414C in providing training to obtain certification required under this subsection, including provisional or temporary certification.

(3)

Minimum efficiency standards

Effective beginning October 1, 2016, the Secretary shall ensure that—

(A)

each retrofit for which weatherization assistance is provided under this part meets minimum efficiency and quality of work standards established by the Secretary after weatherization of a dwelling unit;

(B)

at least 10 percent of the dwelling units are randomly inspected by a third party accredited under this subsection to ensure compliance with the minimum efficiency and quality of work standards established under subparagraph (A); and

(C)

the standards established under this subsection meet or exceed the industry standards for home performance work that are in effect on the date of enactment of this subsection, as determined by the Secretary.

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3035.

Reauthorization of State energy program

Section 365(f) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6325(f)) is amended by striking $125,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2012 and inserting $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020.

E

Utility energy service contracts improvement

3041.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Federal Government is the largest consumer of energy in the United States;

(2)

Federal agencies are expected to meet, by law, Executive order, and mandate, stringent energy efficiency and conservation targets;

(3)

the utility energy service contract (referred to in this section as UESC) was developed to provide Federal agencies an effective means to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency projects, and has been used successfully to invest nearly $2,700,000,000 in property at Federal facilities;

(4)

the General Services Administration, which manages more than 9,600 Federal properties and is the lead agency for procuring utility services for the Federal Government, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law;

(5)

the Federal Energy Management Program, which oversees the UESC program and is a principal office guiding agencies to use funding more effectively in meeting Federal and agency-specific energy and resource management objectives, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law;

(6)

extensive precedent exists for Federal agencies to contract for energy saving services using contracts with term limits of more than 10 years but not to exceed 25 years;

(7)

a number of Federal agencies, contrary to congressional intent, have sought to limit UESC term limits to periods of less than 10 years; and

(8)

greater flexibility with UESCs will help reduce the operational cost of Federal agencies, ultimately saving money for taxpayers.

3042.

Utility energy service contracts

Part 3 of title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (as amended by section 2151) is amended by adding after section 554 the following:

555.

Utility energy service contracts

(a)

In general

Each Federal agency may use, to the maximum extent practicable, measures provided by law to meet energy efficiency and conservation mandates and laws, including through utility energy service contracts.

(b)

Contract period

The term of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency may have a contract period that extends beyond 10 years, but not to exceed 25 years.

(c)

Requirements

The conditions of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency shall include requirements for measurement, verification, and performance assurances or guarantees of the savings.

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F

State residential building energy efficiency loan pilot program

3051.

State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program

(a)

Loans for residential building energy efficiency upgrades

Part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

367.

Loans for residential building energy efficiency upgrades

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Consumer-friendly

The term consumer-friendly, with respect to a loan repayment approach, means a loan repayment approach that—

(A)

emphasizes convenience for customers;

(B)

is of low cost to consumers; and

(C)

emphasizes simplicity and ease of use for consumers in the billing process.

(2)

Eligible entity

The term eligible entity means—

(A)

a State or territory of the United States; and

(B)

a tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).

(3)

Energy advisor program

(A)

In general

The term energy advisor program means any program to provide to owners or residents of residential buildings advice, information, and support in the identification, prioritization, and implementation of energy efficiency and energy savings measures.

(B)

Inclusions

The term energy advisor program includes a program that provides—

(i)

interpretation of energy audit reports;

(ii)

assistance in the prioritization of improvements;

(iii)

assistance in finding qualified contractors;

(iv)

assistance in contractor bid reviews;

(v)

education on energy conservation and energy efficiency;

(vi)

explanations of available incentives and tax credits;

(vii)

assistance in completion of rebate and incentive paperwork; and

(viii)

any other similar type of support.

(4)

Energy efficiency

The term energy efficiency means a decrease in homeowner or residential tenant consumption of energy (including electricity and thermal energy) that is achieved without reducing the quality of energy services through—

(A)

a measure or program that targets customer behavior;

(B)

equipment or energy systems;

(C)

a device; or

(D)

other material.

(5)

Energy efficiency upgrade

(A)

In general

The term energy efficiency upgrade means any project or activity—

(i)

the primary purpose of which is increasing energy efficiency; and

(ii)

that is carried out on a residential building.

(B)

Inclusions

The term energy efficiency upgrade includes the installation or improvement of a renewable energy facility for heating or electricity generation serving a residential building carried out in conjunction with an energy efficiency project or activity.

(6)

Program entity

The term program entity means a local government, utility, or other entity that carries out a financing program under subsection (e)(2)(A) pursuant to a contract or other agreement with an eligible entity.

(7)

Recipient household

The term recipient household means the owner or tenant of a residential building who receives financing under this section for an energy efficiency upgrade of the residential building.

(8)

Residential building

(A)

In general

The term residential building means a building used for residential purposes.

(B)

Inclusions

The term residential building includes—

(i)

a single-family residence;

(ii)

a multifamily residence composed not more than 4 units; and

(iii)

a mixed-use building that includes not more than 4 residential units.

(b)

Establishment of program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a program under this part under which the Secretary shall make available to eligible entities loans for the purpose of establishing or expanding programs that provide to recipient households financing for energy efficiency upgrades of residential buildings.

(2)

Consultation

In establishing the program under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall consult, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, with stakeholders and the public.

(3)

No requirement to participate

No eligible entity shall be required to participate in any manner in the program established under paragraph (1).

(4)

Deadlines

The Secretary shall—

(A)

not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, implement the program established under paragraph (1) (including soliciting applications from eligible entities in accordance with subsection (c)); and

(B)

not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this section, disburse the initial loans provided under this section.

(c)

Applications

(1)

In general

To be eligible to receive a loan under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(2)

Selection date

Not later than 21 months after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall select eligible entities to receive the initial loans provided under this section, in accordance with the requirements described in paragraph (3).

(3)

Requirements

In selecting eligible entities to receive loans under this section, the Secretary shall—

(A)

to the maximum extent practicable, ensure—

(i)

that both innovative and established approaches to the challenges of financing energy efficiency upgrades are supported;

(ii)

that energy efficiency upgrades are conducted and validated to comply with best practices for work quality, as determined by the Secretary;

(iii)

regional diversity among eligible entities that receive the loans, including participation by rural States and small States;

(iv)

significant participation by families with income levels at or below the median income level for the applicable geographical region, as determined by the Secretary; and

(v)

the incorporation of an energy advisor program by, as applicable—

(I)

eligible entities; or

(II)

program entities;

(B)

evaluate applications based primarily on—

(i)

the projected reduction in energy use, as determined in accordance with such specific and commonly available methodology as the Secretary shall establish, by regulation;

(ii)

the creditworthiness of the eligible entity; and

(iii)

the incorporation of measures for making the loan repayment system for recipient households as consumer-friendly as practicable;

(C)

evaluate applications based secondarily on—

(i)

the extent to which the proposed financing program of the eligible entity incorporates best practices for such a program, as determined by the Secretary;

(ii)
(I)

whether the eligible entity has created a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed financing program; and

(II)

whether that plan includes—

(aa)

a robust strategy for collecting, managing, and analyzing data, as well as making the data available to the public; and

(bb)

experimental studies, which may include investigations of how human behavior impacts the effectiveness of efficiency improvements;

(iii)

the extent to which Federal funds are matched by funding from State, local, philanthropic, private sector, and other sources;

(iv)

the extent to which the proposed financing program will be coordinated and marketed with other existing or planned energy efficiency or energy conservation programs administered by—

(I)

utilities and rural cooperatives;

(II)

State, tribal, territorial, or local governments; or

(III)

community development financial institutions; and

(v)

such other factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate; and

(D)

not provide an advantage or disadvantage to applications that include renewable energy in the program.

(d)

Administrative provisions

(1)

Term

The Secretary shall establish terms for loans provided to eligible entities under this section—

(A)

in a manner that—

(i)

provides for a high degree of cost recovery; and

(ii)

ensures that, with respect to all loans provided to or by eligible entities under this section, the loans are competitive with, or superior to, other forms of financing for similar purposes; and

(B)

subject to the condition that the term of a loan provided to an eligible entity under this section shall not exceed 35 years.

(2)

Interest rates

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary, at the discretion of the Secretary, shall charge interest on a loan provided to an eligible entity under this section at a fixed rate equal, or approximately equal, to the interest rate charged on Treasury securities of comparable maturity.

(B)

Leveraged loans

The interest rate and other terms of the loans provided to eligible entities under this section shall be established in a manner that ensures that the total amount of the loans is equal to not less than 20 times, and not more than 50 times, an amount equivalent to 80 percent of the amount appropriated for administrative and general financial support costs pursuant to subsection (g)(2).

(3)

No penalty on early repayment

The Secretary shall not assess any penalty for early repayment by an eligible entity of a loan provided under this section.

(4)

Return of unused portion

As a condition of receipt of a loan under this section, an eligible entity shall agree to return to the general fund of the Treasury any portion of the loan amount that is unused by the eligible entity within a reasonable period after the date of receipt of the loan, as determined by the Secretary.

(e)

Use of funds

(1)

In general

An eligible entity shall use a loan provided under this section to establish or expand 1 or more financing programs—

(A)

the purpose of which is to enable recipient households to undertake energy efficiency upgrades of residential buildings;

(B)

that may, at the sole discretion of the eligible entity, require an outlay of capital by recipient households in accordance with the goals of the program under this section; and

(C)

that incorporate a consumer-friendly loan repayment approach.

(2)

Structure of financing program

A financing program of an eligible entity may—

(A)

consist—

(i)

primarily or entirely of a financing program administered by—

(I)

the applicable State; or

(II)

a program entity; or

(ii)

of a combination of programs described in clause (i);

(B)

rely on financing provided by—

(i)

the eligible entity; or

(ii)

a third party, acting through the eligible entity; and

(C)

include a provision pursuant to which a recipient household shall agree to return to the eligible entity any portion of the assistance that is unused by the recipient household within a reasonable period after the date of receipt of the assistance, as determined by the eligible entity.

(3)

Form of assistance

Assistance from an eligible entity under this subsection may be provided in any form, or in accordance with any program, authorized by Federal law (including regulations), including in the form of—

(A)

a revolving loan fund;

(B)

a credit enhancement structure designed to mitigate the effects of default; or

(C)

a program that—

(i)

adopts any other approach for providing financing for energy efficiency upgrades producing significant energy efficiency gains; and

(ii)

incorporates measures for making the loan repayment system for recipient households as consumer-friendly as practicable.

(4)

Scope of assistance

Assistance provided by an eligible entity under this subsection may be used to pay for costs associated with carrying out an energy efficiency upgrade, including materials and labor.

(5)

Additional assistance

In addition to the amount of the loan provided to an eligible entity by the Secretary under subsection (b), the eligible entity or program entity, as applicable, may provide to recipient households such assistance under this subsection as the eligible entity or program entity considers to be appropriate from any other funds of the eligible entity or program entity, including funds provided to the eligible entity by the Secretary for administrative costs pursuant to this section.

(6)

Limitations

(A)

Interest rates

(i)

Interest charged by eligible entities

The interest rate charged by an eligible entity on assistance provided under this subsection—

(I)

shall be fixed; and

(II)

shall not exceed the interest rate paid by the eligible entity to the Secretary under subsection (d)(2).

(ii)

Interest charged by program entities

A program entity that receives funding from an eligible entity under this subsection for the purpose of capitalizing a residential energy efficiency financing program may charge interest on any loan provided by the program entity at a fixed rate that is as low as practicable, but not more than 5 percent more than the applicable interest rate paid by the eligible entity to the Secretary under subsection (d)(2).

(B)

No penalty on early repayment

An eligible entity or program entity, as applicable, shall not assess any penalty for early repayment by any recipient household to the eligible entity or program entity, as applicable.

(f)

Reports

(1)

Eligible entities

(A)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of receipt of the loan, and annually thereafter for the term of the loan, an eligible entity that receives a loan under this section shall submit to the Secretary a report describing the performance of each program and activity carried out using the loan, including anonymized loan performance data.

(B)

Requirements

The Secretary, in consultation with eligible entities and other stakeholders (such as lending institutions and the real estate industry), shall establish such requirements for the reports under this paragraph as the Secretary determines to be appropriate—

(i)

to ensure that the reports are clear, consistent, and straightforward; and

(ii)

taking into account the reporting requirements for similar programs in which the eligible entities are participating, if any.

(2)

Secretary

The Secretary shall submit to Congress and make available to the public—

(A)

not less frequently than once each year, a report describing the performance of the program under this section, including a synthesis and analysis of the information provided in the reports submitted to the Secretary under paragraph (1)(A); and

(B)

on termination of the program under this section, an assessment of the success of, and education provided by, the measures carried out by eligible entities during the term of the program.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section—

(1)

$37,500,000 for energy advisor programs;

(2)

$25,000,000 for administrative and general financial support costs to the Secretary of carrying out this section; and

(3)

$37,500,000 for administrative costs to States in carrying out this section.

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(b)

Reorganization

(1)

In general

Part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is amended—

(A)

by redesignating sections 362, 363, 364, 365, and 366 as sections 364, 365, 366, 363, and 362, respectively, and moving the sections so as to appear in numerical order;

(B)

in section 362 (as so redesignated)—

(i)

in paragraph (3)(B)(i), by striking section 367, and and inserting section 367 (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 6201 note; Public Law 101–440)); and; and

(ii)

in each of paragraphs (4) and (6), by striking section 365(e)(1) each place it appears and inserting section 363(e)(1);

(C)

in section 363 (as so redesignated)—

(i)

in subsection (b), by striking the provisions of sections 362 and 364 and subsection (a) of section 363 and inserting sections 364, 365(a), and 366; and

(ii)

in subsection (g)(1)(A), in the second sentence, by striking section 362 and inserting section 364; and

(D)

in section 365 (as so redesignated)—

(i)

in subsection (a)—

(I)

in paragraph (1), by striking section 362, and inserting section 364;; and

(II)

in paragraph (2), by striking section 362(b) or (e) and inserting subsection (b) or (e) of section 364; and

(ii)

in subsection (b)(2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking section 362(b) or (e) and inserting subsection (b) or (e) of section 364.

(2)

Conforming amendments

Section 391 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (2)(M), by striking section 365(e)(2) and inserting section 363(e)(2); and

(B)

in paragraph (10), by striking section 362 of this Act and inserting section 364.

(3)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 note; Public Law 94–163) is amended by striking the items relating to part D of title III and inserting the following:

Part D—State energy conservation programs

Sec. 361. Findings and purpose.

Sec. 362. Definitions.

Sec. 363. General provisions.

Sec. 364. State energy conservation plans.

Sec. 365. Federal assistance to States.

Sec. 366. State energy efficiency goals.

Sec. 367. Loans for residential building energy efficiency upgrades.

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G

Smart energy and water efficiency

3061.

Smart energy and water efficiency pilot program

Subtitle A of title IX of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16191 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

918.

Smart energy and water efficiency pilot program

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Eligible entity

The term eligible entity means—

(A)

a utility;

(B)

a municipality;

(C)

a water district;

(D)

an Indian tribe or Alaska Native village; and

(E)

any other authority that provides water, wastewater, or water reuse services.

(2)

Smart energy and water efficiency pilot program

The term smart energy and water efficiency pilot program or pilot program means the pilot program established under subsection (b).

(b)

Smart energy and water efficiency pilot program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish and carry out a smart energy and water efficiency pilot program in accordance with this section.

(2)

Purpose

The purpose of the smart energy and water efficiency pilot program is to award grants to eligible entities to demonstrate unique, advanced, or innovative technology-based solutions that will—

(A)

increase the energy efficiency of water, wastewater, and water reuse systems;

(B)

improve energy efficiency of water, wastewater, and water reuse systems to help communities across the United States make measurable progress in conserving water, saving energy, and reducing costs;

(C)

support the implementation of innovative and unique processes and the installation of established advanced automated systems that provide real-time data on energy and water; and

(D)

improve energy-water conservation and quality and predictive maintenance through technologies that utilize internet connected technologies, including sensors, intelligent gateways, and security embedded in hardware.

(3)

Project selection

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall make competitive, merit-reviewed grants under the pilot program to not less than 3, but not more than 5, eligible entities.

(B)

Selection criteria

In selecting an eligible entity to receive a grant under the pilot program, the Secretary shall consider—

(i)

energy and cost savings;

(ii)

the uniqueness, commercial viability, and reliability of the technology to be used;

(iii)

the degree to which the project integrates next-generation sensors software, analytics, and management tools;

(iv)

the anticipated cost-effectiveness of the pilot project through measurable energy efficiency savings, water savings or reuse, and infrastructure costs averted;

(v)

whether the technology can be deployed in a variety of geographic regions and the degree to which the technology can be implemented in a wide range of applications ranging in scale from small towns to large cities, including tribal communities;

(vi)

whether the technology has been successfully deployed elsewhere;

(vii)

whether the technology was sourced from a manufacturer based in the United States; and

(viii)

whether the project will be completed in 5 years or less.

(C)

Applications

(i)

In general

Subject to clause (ii), an eligible entity seeking a grant under the pilot program shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary determines to be necessary.

(ii)

Contents

An application under clause (i) shall, at a minimum, include—

(I)

a description of the project;

(II)

a description of the technology to be used in the project;

(III)

the anticipated results, including energy and water savings, of the project;

(IV)

a comprehensive budget for the project;

(V)

the names of the project lead organization and any partners;

(VI)

the number of users to be served by the project;

(VII)

a description of the ways in which the proposal would meet performance measures established by the Secretary; and

(VIII)

any other information that the Secretary determines to be necessary to complete the review and selection of a grant recipient.

(4)

Administration

(A)

In general

Not later than 300 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall select grant recipients under this section.

(B)

Evaluations

(i)

Annual evaluations

The Secretary shall annually carry out an evaluation of each project for which a grant is provided under this section that meets performance measures and benchmarks developed by the Secretary, consistent with the purposes of this section.

(ii)

Requirements

Consistent with the performance measures and benchmarks developed under clause (i), in carrying out an evaluation under that clause, the Secretary shall—

(I)

evaluate the progress and impact of the project; and

(II)

assesses the degree to which the project is meeting the goals of the pilot program.

(C)

Technical and policy assistance

On the request of a grant recipient, the Secretary shall provide technical and policy assistance.

(D)

Best practices

The Secretary shall make available to the public through the Internet and other means the Secretary considers to be appropriate—

(i)

a copy of each evaluation carried out under subparagraph (B); and

(ii)

a description of any best practices identified by the Secretary as a result of those evaluations.

(E)

Report to congress

The Secretary shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of each evaluation carried out under subparagraph (B).

(c)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000, to remain available until expended.

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H

Regional energy partnerships

3071.

Definitions

In this subtitle:

(1)

Cooperative agreement

The term cooperative agreement has the meaning given the term in sections 6302 and 6305 of title 31, United States Code.

(2)

Secretaries

The term Secretaries means—

(A)

the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in consultation with the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, and the Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology Programs; and

(B)

the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, and the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

(3)

State

The term State means—

(A)

a State;

(B)

the District of Columbia;

(C)

the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and

(D)

any other territory or possession of the United States.

3072.

Regional energy partnerships

(a)

In general

The Secretaries shall provide assistance in accordance with this section for the purpose of developing energy strategies and plans that help harmonize and promote national, regional, and State energy goals, including goals for advancing resilient energy systems to mitigate risks and prepare for emerging energy challenges.

(b)

Technical assistance

The Secretaries may provide such technical assistance to States, political subdivisions of States, substate regional organizations (including organizations that cross State boundaries), multistate regional organizations, Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations as the Secretaries determine appropriate to promote—

(1)

the development and improvement of regional energy strategies, where appropriate, and plans that sustain and promote energy system modernization across the United States;

(2)

investment in energy infrastructure, technological capacity, innovation, and workforce development to keep pace with the changing energy ecosystem;

(3)

structural transformation of the financial, regulatory, legal, and institutional systems that govern energy planning, production, and delivery within States and regions; and

(4)

public-private partnerships for the implementation of regional energy strategies and plans.

(c)

Cooperative agreements

(1)

In general

The Secretaries may enter into cooperative agreements with one or more States and Indian tribes, on a regional basis, to develop and implement strategies and plans to address the energy challenges of States, Indian tribes, and regions.

(2)

Requirements

A cooperative agreement entered into under this subsection shall include provisions covering or providing—

(A)

the purpose and goals of the cooperative agreement, such as advancing energy efficiency, clean energy, fuel and supply diversity, energy system resiliency, economic development, or other goals to make measurable, significant progress toward specified metrics and objectives that are agreed to by the States or Indian tribes and the Secretaries;

(B)

the roles and responsibilities of the States or Indian tribes and the Secretaries for various functions of the cooperative agreement, including outreach, communication, resources, and capabilities;

(C)

a comprehensive framework for the development of energy strategies and plans for States, Indian tribes, or regions;

(D)

timeframes with associated metrics and objectives;

(E)

a governance structure to resolve conflicts and facilitate decisionmaking consistent with underlying authorities; and

(F)

other provisions determined necessary by the Secretaries, in consultation with the States or Indian tribes, to achieve the purposes described in paragraph (1).

(d)

Staff

(1)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of the entering into a cooperative agreement under subsection (c), the Secretaries shall, as appropriate, assign or employ individuals who have expertise in the technical and regulatory issues relating to the cooperative agreement, including particular expertise in (as applicable)—

(A)

energy systems integration;

(B)

renewable energy and energy efficiency;

(C)

innovative financing mechanisms;

(D)

utility regulatory policy;

(E)

modeling and analysis;

(F)

facilitation and arbitration;

(G)

energy assurance and emergency preparedness; and

(H)

cyber and physical security of energy systems.

(2)

Duties

Each individual assigned to carry out a cooperative agreement under paragraph (1) shall—

(A)

report to a location in the applicable State, Indian tribe, or region not later than 90 days after the date of assignment;

(B)

be responsible for issues and technical assistance relating to the cooperative agreement;

(C)

participate as part of the team of personnel working on developing and implementing the applicable regional energy strategy and plan; and

(D)

build capacity within the State, Indian tribe, or region to continue to implement the goals of this subtitle after the expiration of the cooperative agreement.

(e)

Comprehensive framework

Under a cooperative agreement, a comprehensive framework shall be developed that identifies opportunities and actions across various energy sectors and cross-cutting issue areas, including—

(1)

end-use efficiency;

(2)

energy supply, including electric generation and fuels;

(3)

energy storage and delivery;

(4)

transportation;

(5)

technical integration, including standards and interdependencies;

(6)

institutional structures;

(7)

regulatory policies;

(8)

financial incentives; and

(9)

market mechanisms.

(f)

Awards

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Application group

The term application group means a group of States or Indian tribes that have—

(i)

entered into a cooperative agreement, on a regional basis, with the Secretaries under subsection (c); and

(ii)

submitted an application for an award under paragraph (2)(A).

(B)

Partner State

The term partner State means a State or Indian tribe that is part of an application group.

(2)

Applications

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), an application group may apply to the Secretaries for awards under this subsection.

(B)

Individual States

An individual State or Indian tribe that has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretaries under subsection (c) may apply to the Secretaries for an award under this subsection if the State or Indian tribe demonstrates to the Secretaries the uniqueness of the energy challenges facing the State or Indian tribe.

(3)

Base amount

Subject to paragraph (4), the Secretaries shall provide 6 awards under this subsection, with a base amount of $20,000,000 for each award.

(4)

Bonus amount for application groups

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretaries shall increase the amount of an award provided under this subsection to an application group for a successful application under paragraph (2)(A) by the quotient obtained by dividing—

(i)

the product obtained by multiplying—

(I)

the number of partner States in the application group; and

(II)

$100,000,000; by

(ii)

the total number of partner States of all successful applications under this subsection.

(B)

Maximum amount

The amount of a bonus determined under subparagraph (A) shall not exceed an amount that represents $5,000,000 for each partner State that is a member of the relevant application group.

(5)

Limitation

A State or Indian tribe shall not be part of more than 1 award under this subsection.

(6)

Selection criteria

In selecting applications for awards under this subsection, the Secretaries shall consider—

(A)

existing commitments from States or Indian tribes, such as memoranda of understanding;

(B)

for States that are part of the contiguous 48 States, the number of contiguous States involved that cover a region;

(C)

the diversity of the regions represented by all applications;

(D)

the amount of cost-share or in-kind contributions from States or Indian tribes;

(E)

the scope and focus of regional and State programs and strategies, with an emphasis on energy system resiliency and grid modernization, efficiency, and clean energy;

(F)

a management and oversight plan to ensure that objectives are met;

(G)

an outreach plan for the inclusion of stakeholders in the process for developing and implementing State or regional energy strategies and plans;

(H)

the inclusion of tribal entities;

(I)

plans to fund and sustain activities identified in regional energy strategies and plans; and

(J)

the clarity of roles and responsibilities of each State and the Secretaries.

(7)

Use of awards

(A)

In general

Awards provided under this subsection shall be used to achieve the purpose of this section, including by—

(i)

conducting technical analyses, resource studies, and energy system baselines;

(ii)

convening and providing education to stakeholders on emerging energy issues;

(iii)

building decision support and planning tools; and

(iv)

improving communication between and participation of stakeholders.

(B)

Limitation

Awards provided under this subsection shall not be used for—

(i)

capitalization of green banks or loan guarantees; or

(ii)

building facilities or funding capital projects.

3073.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subtitle $250,000,000, to remain available until expended.

(b)

Allocation

Of the amount authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a)—

(1)

$120,000,000 shall be used for the base amount of awards under section 3072(f)(3);

(2)

$100,000,000 shall be used for the bonus amount of awards under section 3072(f)(4); and

(3)

$30,000,000 shall be for the administration of this subtitle, including—

(A)

the assignment of staff under section 3072(d); and

(B)

if the Secretaries determine appropriate, the sharing of best practices from regional partnerships by parties to cooperative agreements entered into under this subtitle.

(c)

State energy offices

Funds provided to a State under this subtitle shall be provided to the office within the State that is responsible for developing the State energy plan for the State under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.).

(d)

Maintenance of funding

The funding provided to States under this subtitle shall supplement (and not supplant) funding provided under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.).

I

Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge

3081.

Definitions

In this subtitle:

(1)

Energy productivity

The term energy productivity means, in the case of a State or Indian tribe, the gross State or tribal product per British thermal unit of energy consumed in the State or tribal land of the Indian tribe, respectively.

(2)

Indian tribe

The term Indian tribe has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b).

(3)

State

The term State has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6202).

3082.

Phase 1: Initial allocation of grants to States

(a)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue an invitation to States to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section.

(b)

Grants

(1)

In general

Subject to section 3085, the Secretary shall use funds made available under section 3086(b)(1) to provide an initial allocation of grants to not more than 25 States.

(2)

Amount

The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not less than $500,000 nor more than $1,750,000.

(c)

Submission of plans

To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), a State (in consultation with energy utilities, regulatory bodies, and others) shall submit to the Secretary an application to receive the grant by submitting a revised State energy conservation plan under section 362 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6322).

(d)

Decision by Secretary

(1)

Basis

The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary on an application submitted under this section on—

(A)

plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this subtitle; and

(B)

other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including geographic diversity.

(2)

Ranking

The Secretary shall—

(A)

rank revised plans submitted under this section in order of the greatest to least likely contribution to improving energy productivity in the State; and

(B)

provide grants under this section in accordance with the ranking and the scale and scope of a plan.

(e)

Plan requirements

A plan submitted under subsection (c) shall provide—

(1)

a description of the manner in which—

(A)

energy savings will be monitored and verified and energy productivity improvements will be calculated using inflation-adjusted dollars;

(B)

a statewide baseline of energy use and potential resources for calendar year 2010 will be established to measure improvements;

(C)

the plan will promote achievement of energy savings and demand reduction goals;

(D)

public and private sector investments in energy efficiency will be leveraged with available Federal funding; and

(E)

the plan will not cause cost-shifting among utility customer classes or negatively impact low-income populations; and

(2)

an assurance that—

(A)

the State energy office required to submit the plan, the energy utilities in the State participating in the plan, and the State public service commission are cooperating and coordinating programs and activities under this subtitle;

(B)

the State is cooperating with local units of government, Indian tribes, and energy utilities to expand programs as appropriate; and

(C)

grants provided under this subtitle will be used to supplement and not supplant Federal, State, or ratepayer-funded programs or activities in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

(f)

Uses

A State may use grants provided under this section to promote—

(1)

the expansion of policies and programs that will advance industrial energy efficiency, waste heat recovery, combined heat and power, and waste heat-to-power utilization;

(2)

the expansion of policies and programs that will advance energy efficiency construction and retrofits for public and private commercial buildings (including schools, hospitals, and residential buildings, including multifamily buildings) such as through expanded energy service performance contracts, equivalent utility energy service contracts, zero net-energy buildings, and improved building energy efficiency codes;

(3)

the expansion of residential policies and programs designed to implement best practice policies and tools for residential retrofit programs that—

(A)

reduce administrative and delivery costs for energy efficiency projects;

(B)

encourage streamlining and automation to support contractor engagement; and

(C)

implement systems that encourage private investment and market innovation;

(4)

the establishment or expansion of incentives in the electric utility sector to enhance demand response and energy efficiency, including consideration of additional incentives to promote the purposes of section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)), such as appropriate, cost-effective policies regarding rate structures, grid improvements, behavior change, combined heat and power and waste heat-to-power incentives, financing of energy efficiency programs, data use incentives, district heating, and regular energy audits; and

(5)

leadership by example, in which State activities involving both facilities and vehicle fleets can be a model for other action to promote energy efficiency and can be expanded with Federal grants provided under this subtitle.

3083.

Phase 2: Subsequent allocation of grants to States

(a)

Reports

Not later than 18 months after the receipt of grants under section 3082, each State (in consultation with other parties described in subsection (b)(3)(F)) that received grants under section 3082 may submit to the Secretary a report that describes—

(1)

the performance of the programs and activities carried out with the grants; and

(2)

in consultation with other parties described in subsection (b)(3)(F), the manner in which additional funds would be used to carry out programs and activities to promote the purposes of this subtitle.

(b)

Grants

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the receipt of the reports required under subsection (a), subject to section 3085, the Secretary shall use amounts made available under section 3086(b)(2) to provide grants to not more than 6 States to carry out the programs and activities described in subsection (a)(2).

(2)

Amount

The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not more than $15,000,000.

(3)

Basis

The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary to provide grants under this section on—

(A)

the performance of the State in the programs and activities carried out with grants provided under section 3082;

(B)

the potential of the programs and activities described in subsection (a)(2) to achieve the purposes of this subtitle;

(C)

the desirability of maintaining a total project portfolio that is geographically and functionally diverse;

(D)

the amount of non-Federal funds that are leveraged as a result of the grants to ensure that Federal dollars are leveraged effectively;

(E)

plans for continuation of the improvements after the receipt of grants under this subtitle; and

(F)

demonstrated effort by the State to involve diverse groups, including—

(i)

investor-owned, cooperative, and public power utilities;

(ii)

local governments; and

(iii)

nonprofit organizations.

3084.

Allocation of grants to Indian tribes

(a)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall invite Indian tribes to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section.

(b)

Submission of plans

To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), an Indian tribe shall submit to the Secretary a plan to increase electric and thermal energy productivity by the Indian tribe.

(c)

Decision by Secretary

(1)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the submission of plans under subsection (b), the Secretary shall make a final decision on the allocation of grants under this section.

(2)

Basis

The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary under paragraph (1) on—

(A)

plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this subtitle;

(B)

plans for continuation of the improvements after the receipt of grants under this subtitle; and

(C)

other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including—

(i)

geographic diversity; and

(ii)

size differences among Indian tribes.

(3)

Limitation

An individual Indian tribe shall not receive more than 20 percent of the total amount available to carry out this section.

3085.

Administration

(a)

Independent evaluation

To evaluate program performance and effectiveness under this subtitle, the Secretary shall consult with the National Research Council regarding requirements for data and evaluation for recipients of grants under this subtitle.

(b)

Coordination with State energy conservation programs

(1)

In general

Grants to States under this subtitle shall be provided through additional funding to carry out State energy conservation programs under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.).

(2)

Relationship to State energy conservation programs

(A)

In general

A grant provided to a State under this subtitle shall be used to supplement (and not supplant) funds provided to the State under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.).

(B)

Minimum funding

A grant shall not be provided to a State for a fiscal year under this subtitle if the amount of funding provided to all State grantees under the base formula for the fiscal year under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is less than $50,000,000.

(c)

Voluntary participation

The participation of a State in a challenge established under this subtitle shall be voluntary.

3086.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subtitle $100,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

(b)

Allocation

Of the total amount of funds made available under subsection (a)—

(1)

30 percent shall be used to provide an initial allocation of grants to States under section 3082;

(2)

61 percent shall be used to provide a subsequent allocation of grants to States under section 3083;

(3)

4 percent shall be used to make grants to Indian tribes under section 3084; and

(4)

5 percent shall be available to the Secretary for the cost of administration and technical support to carry out this subtitle.

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Smart buildings

3091.

Definitions

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Program

The term program means the Federal Smart Building Program established under subsection (b)(1).

(2)

Smart building

The term smart building means a building, or collection of buildings, with an energy system that—

(A)

is flexible and automated;

(B)

has extensive operational monitoring and communication connectivity, allowing remote monitoring and analysis of all building functions;

(C)

takes a systems-based approach in integrating the overall building operations for control of energy generation, consumption, and storage;

(D)

communicates with utilities and other third-party commercial entities, if appropriate; and

(E)

is cybersecure.

(3)

Smart building accelerator

The term smart building accelerator means an initiative that is designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches—

(A)

with clear goals and a clear timeline; and

(B)

that, on successful demonstration, would accelerate investment in energy efficiency.

(b)

Federal smart building program

(1)

Establishment

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a program to be known as the Federal Smart Building Program

(A)

to implement smart building technology; and

(B)

to demonstrate the costs and benefits of smart buildings.

(2)

Selection

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall coordinate the selection of not fewer than 1 building from among each of several key Federal agencies, as described in paragraph (4), to compose an appropriately diverse set of smart buildings based on size, type, and geographic location.

(B)

Inclusion of commercially operated buildings

In making selections under subparagraph (A), the Secretary may include buildings that are owned by the Federal Government but are commercially operated.

(3)

Targets

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish targets for the number of smart buildings to be commissioned and evaluated by key Federal agencies by 3 years and 6 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

(4)

Federal agency described

The key Federal agencies referred to in this subsection shall include buildings operated by—

(A)

the Department of the Army;

(B)

the Department of the Navy;

(C)

the Department of the Air Force;

(D)

the Department;

(E)

the Department of the Interior;

(F)

the Department of Veterans Affairs; and

(G)

the General Services Administration.

(5)

Requirement

In implementing the program, the Secretary shall leverage existing financing mechanisms including energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, and annual appropriations.

(6)

Evaluation

Using the guidelines of the Federal Energy Management Program relating to whole-building evaluation, measurement, and verification, the Secretary shall evaluate the costs and benefits of the buildings selected under paragraph (2), including an identification of—

(A)

which advanced building technologies—

(i)

are most cost-effective; and

(ii)

show the most promise for—

(I)

increasing building energy savings;

(II)

increasing service performance to building occupants;

(III)

reducing environmental impacts; and

(IV)

establishing cybersecurity; and

(B)

any other information the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(7)

Awards

The Secretary may expand awards made under the Federal Energy Management Program and the Better Building Challenge to recognize specific agency achievements in accelerating the adoption of smart building technologies.

(c)

Survey of private sector smart buildings

(1)

Survey

The Secretary shall conduct a survey of privately owned smart buildings throughout the United States, including commercial buildings, laboratory facilities, hospitals, multifamily residential buildings, and buildings owned by nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.

(2)

Selection

From among the smart buildings surveyed under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall select not fewer than 1 building each from an appropriate range of building sizes, types, and geographic locations.

(3)

Evaluation

Using the guidelines of the Federal Energy Management Program relating to whole-building evaluation, measurement, and verification, the Secretary shall evaluate the costs and benefits of the buildings selected under paragraph (2), including an identification of—

(A)

which advanced building technologies and systems—

(i)

are most cost-effective; and

(ii)

show the most promise for—

(I)

increasing building energy savings;

(II)

increasing service performance to building occupants;

(III)

reducing environmental impacts; and

(IV)

establishing cybersecurity; and

(B)

any other information the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(d)

Leveraging existing programs

(1)

Better building challenge

As part of the Better Building Challenge of the Department, the Secretary, in consultation with major private sector property owners, shall develop smart building accelerators to demonstrate innovative policies and approaches that will accelerate the transition to smart buildings in the public, institutional, and commercial buildings sectors.

(2)

Research and development

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall conduct research and development to address key barriers to the integration of advanced building technologies and to accelerate the transition to smart buildings.

(B)

Inclusion

The research and development conducted under subparagraph (A) shall include research and development on—

(i)

achieving whole-building, systems-level efficiency through smart system and component integration;

(ii)

improving physical components, such as sensors and controls, to be adaptive, anticipatory, and networked;

(iii)

reducing the cost of key components to accelerate the adoption of smart building technologies;

(iv)

data management, including the capture and analysis of data and the interoperability of the energy systems;

(v)

protecting against cybersecurity threats and addressing security vulnerabilities of building systems or equipment;

(vi)

business models, including how business models may limit the adoption of smart building technologies and how to support transactive energy;

(vii)

integration and application of combined heat and power systems and energy storage for resiliency;

(viii)

characterization of buildings and components;

(ix)

consumer and utility protections;

(x)

continuous management, including the challenges of managing multiple energy systems and optimizing systems for disparate stakeholders; and

(xi)

other areas of research and development, as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(e)

Report

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter until a total of 3 reports have been made, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on—

(1)

the establishment of the Federal Smart Building Program and the evaluation of Federal smart buildings under subsection (b);

(2)

the survey and evaluation of private sector smart buildings under subsection (c); and

(3)

any recommendations of the Secretary to further accelerate the transition to smart buildings.

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Energy Study

3101.

Energy information study

(a)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a study, with opportunity for public comment—

(1)

on the impact of—

(A)

State and local performance benchmarking and disclosure policies, and any associated building efficiency policies, for commercial and multifamily buildings; and

(B)

programs and systems in which utilities provide aggregated information regarding whole building energy consumption and usage information to owners of multitenant commercial, residential, and mixed-use buildings;

(2)

that identifies best practice policy approaches studied under paragraph (1) that have resulted in the greatest improvements in building energy efficiency; and

(3)

that considers—

(A)

compliance rates and the benefits and costs of the policies and programs on building owners, utilities, tenants, and other parties;

(B)

utility practices, programs, and systems that provide aggregated energy consumption information to multitenant building owners, and the impact of public utility commissions and State privacy laws on those practices, programs, and systems;

(C)

exceptions to compliance in existing laws where building owners are not able to gather or access whole building energy information from tenants or utilities;

(D)

the treatment of buildings with—

(i)

multiple uses;

(ii)

uses for which baseline information is not available; and

(iii)

uses that require high levels of energy intensities, such as data centers, trading floors, and television studios;

(E)

implementation practices, including disclosure methods and phase-in of compliance;

(F)

the safety and security of benchmarking tools offered by government agencies, and the resiliency of those tools against cyber attacks; and

(G)

international experiences with regard to building benchmarking and disclosure laws and data aggregation for multitenant buildings.

(b)

Submission to Congress

At the conclusion of the study, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study.

3102.

Grants to utilities

(a)

Grants to utilities

Based on the results of the research for the portion of the study described in section 3101(a)(1)(B), and with criteria developed following public notice and comment, the Secretary may make competitive awards to utilities, utility regulators, and utility partners to develop and implement effective and promising programs to provide aggregated whole building energy consumption information to multitenant building owners.

(b)

Authorization of Appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

3103.

Grants to States and units of local government

(a)

Grants to utilities

Based on the results of the research for the portion of the study described in section 3101(a)(1)(B), and with criteria developed following public notice and comment, the Secretary may make competitive awards to States and units of local government to develop and implement effective and promising benchmarking and disclosure policies, and any associated building efficiency policies, for commercial and multifamily buildings.

(b)

Authorization of Appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

3104.

Input From Stakeholders

The Secretary shall seek input from stakeholders to maximize the effectiveness of the actions taken under this subtitle.

3105.

Report

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the progress made in complying with this subtitle.

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Alternative fueled vehicles

3111.

Alternative fueled vehicle fleets and infrastructure

(a)

Utility incentive programs

Section 546(c)(1) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8256(c)(1)) is amended by inserting (including measures to support the use of alternative fueled vehicles (as defined in section 400AA(g) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6374(g))) or the fueling or charging infrastructure necessary for those vehicles) after demand.

(b)

Energy savings performance contracts

(1)

Authority to enter contracts

Section 801(a)(2)(B) of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287(a)(2)(B)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting or petroleum after utilities.

(2)

Payment of costs

Section 802 of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287a) is amended by inserting petroleum, after water,.

(3)

Definitions

Section 804 of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8287c) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (C), by striking and after the semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(E)

a reduction in the use of petroleum through the use of alternative fueled vehicles or the fueling or charging infrastructure necessary for alternative fueled vehicles, including the use of contracts to support alternative fueled vehicles or infrastructure.

;

(B)

in paragraph (4)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking or after the semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

a measure to support the use of alternative fueled vehicles or the fueling or charging infrastructure necessary for alternative fueled vehicles, including the use of contracts to support alternative fueled vehicles or infrastructure.

;

(C)

by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4), as paragraphs (5), (3), (4), and (2), respectively, and moving so as to appear in numerical order; and

(D)

by inserting before paragraph (2) (as so redesignated) the following:

(1)

Alternative fueled vehicle

The term alternative fueled vehicle has the meaning given the term in section 400AA(g) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6374(g)).

.

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Outer Continental Shelf

3121.

Repeal of outer Continental Shelf deep water and deep gas royalty relief

(a)

In general

Sections 344 and 345 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15904, 15905) are repealed.

(b)

Administration

The Secretary of the Interior shall not be required to provide for royalty relief in the lease sale terms beginning with the first lease sale held on or after the date of enactment of this Act for which a final notice of sale has not been published.

3122.

Disposition of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues from 181 Area, 181 South Area, and 2002–2007 planning areas of Gulf of Mexico

Section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note) is amended to read as follows:

105.

Disposition of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues from 181 Area, 181 South Area, and 2002–2007 planning areas of Gulf of Mexico

Notwithstanding section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338) and subject to the other provisions of this section, for each applicable fiscal year, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit—

(1)

87.5 percent of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues in the general fund of the Treasury; and

(2)

12.5 percent of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues in a special account in the Land and Water Conservation Fund established under section 200302 of title 54, United States Code, from which the Secretary shall disburse, without further appropriation, 100 percent to provide financial assistance to States in accordance with section 200305 of that title, which shall be considered income to the Land and Water Conservation Fund for purposes of section 200302 of that title.

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Venting and flaring of gas

3131.

Regulations to prevent or minimize venting and flaring of gas

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue regulations under this subtitle—

(1)

to prevent or minimize the venting and flaring of gas in oil and gas production operations on Federal land onshore and offshore in the United States; and

(2)

to promote the capture and beneficial use or reinjection of gas in the operations referred to in paragraph (1).

(b)

Royalties

A regulation issued under this section shall include provisions that treat gas that is flared or vented in operations under a lease under this subtitle as production for which royalty is required to be paid to the United States.

(c)

Limitation on application to existing leases

Regulations issued under subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to production under a lease in effect on the date of enactment of this Act to the extent such application would constitute a breach of the terms of the lease by the United States.

3132.

Assessment of venting and flaring of gas in production operations in United States

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall—

(1)

assess the venting and flaring of gas in oil and gas production operations on Federal land onshore and offshore in the United States; and

(2)

submit to Congress a report on the venting and flaring of gas in oil and gas production operations on Federal land onshore and offshore in the United States, including an estimate of the volume of gas that is vented or flared in such operations each year.

3133.

Regulations

The Secretary of the Interior shall issue regulations that define the terms vent, venting, flare, and flaring for purposes of this subtitle.

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Production Incentive Fee

3141.

Production incentive fee

(a)

Establishment

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the Secretary) shall issue regulations to establish an annual production incentive fee with respect to Federal onshore and offshore land that is subject to a lease for production of oil or natural gas under which production is not occurring.

(2)

Application

The annual production incentive fee described in paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to land that is subject to a lease described in paragraph (1) that is—

(A)

in effect on the date on which final regulations are issued pursuant to this subsection; or

(B)

executed after that date.

(b)

Amount

For each acre of land from which oil or natural gas is produced for less than 90 days in a calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be—

(1)

in the case of onshore land—

(A)

for each of the first 3 years of the lease, $4 per acre (in 2015 dollars);

(B)

for the fourth year of the lease, $6 per acre (in 2015 dollars); and

(C)

for the fifth year of the lease and each year thereafter for which the lease is otherwise in effect, $8 per acre (in 2015 dollars); and

(2)

in the case of offshore land—

(A)

for each of the third, fourth, and fifth years of the lease, $4 per acre (in 2015 dollars);

(B)

for the sixth year of the lease, $6 per acre (in 2015 dollars); and

(C)

for the seventh year of the lease and each year thereafter for which the lease is otherwise in effect, $8 per acre (in 2015 dollars).

(c)

Assessment and collection

The Secretary shall assess and collect the fee established under this section.

(d)

Deposit

Amounts received by the Secretary for the fee under this section shall be reserved for the Secretary for expenditures on inspection, enforcement, and permitting relating to oil and gas.

(e)

Regulations

The Secretary may issue regulations to prevent evasion of the fee under this section.

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Reauthorization of Desalination Act

3151.

Reauthorization of Desalination Act

(a)

Definitions

Section 2 of the Water Desalination Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. 10301 note; Public Law 104–298) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) as paragraphs (2), (3), (5), (6), and (4), respectively, and moving the paragraphs so as to appear in numerical order; and

(2)

by inserting before paragraph (2) (as so redesignated) the following: