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S. 2041 (115th): Rebuilding Resilient Energy Systems Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 31, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2041

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 31, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Heinrich, and Mr. Franken) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To promote the use of resilient energy systems to rebuild infrastructure following disasters.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rebuilding Resilient Energy Systems Act of 2017.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Efficient

The term efficient means, with respect to a technology, product, material, equipment, or practice, the use of the technology, product, material, equipment, or practice in a manner that results in reduced energy consumption or energy costs for the same level of service or a higher level of service.

(2)

Resilient

The term resilient means, with respect to a system or a component of a system, the ability of the system or component to adapt to a changing condition and withstand and rapidly recover from a disruption.

3.

Use of resilient energy systems to rebuild following disasters

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any amounts awarded under sections 403, 404, 406, 408, and 428 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170b, 5170c, 5172, 5174, 5189f) may be used to build, repair, restore, reconstruct, or replace an energy system or building as a result of a major disaster or emergency designated by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) during calendar year 2017 in a manner that—

(1)

is more resilient;

(2)

is more efficient;

(3)

provides continuous flow of power to facilities critical to public health, safety, and welfare;

(4)

maximizes the use of clean energy resources and energy storage technologies; and

(5)

promotes lower energy bills to the extent feasible.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in subsection (a) creates eligibility for assistance for any energy provider that is not otherwise eligible for assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).

(c)

Coordination with private entities

(1)

In general

The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall designate a representative of the Agency to coordinate with one or more private entities that are interested in donating energy system technologies and services to rebuild in accordance with subsection (a) following a major disaster or emergency.

(2)

Coordination among agencies

In carrying out paragraph (1), the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraged to coordinate with the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

(d)

Technical assistance

(1)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, each National Laboratory (as defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)), in coordination with the programs of the Department of Energy that provide assistance to States and industry, shall make technical assistance available to Federal, State, and local agencies and private entities that are interested in—

(A)

developing plans or providing guidance on the design of a resilient and efficient energy system or building; and

(B)

building, repairing, restoring, reconstructing, or replacing an energy system or building in accordance with subsection (a) following a major disaster or emergency.

(2)

Consultation among agencies

The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraged to consult with the Secretary of Defense regarding the experience of the Department of Defense in building resilient power systems.