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H.R. 3120: To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3120

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Welch, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Neguse, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Rouda, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Norton, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Sires, and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program, and for other purposes.

1.

Energy efficiency materials 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 material

(A)

In general

The term energy efficiency material means a material (including a product, equipment, or system) the installation of which results in a reduction in use of energy or fuel.

(B)

Inclusions

The term energy efficiency material includes—

(i)

a roof or lighting system or component of the system;

(ii)

a window;

(iii)

a door, including a security door;

(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); and

(v)

a renewable energy generation or heating system, including a solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, or biomass (including wood pellet) system or component of the system.

(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 facility of a faith-based organization; or

(vi)

any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.

(4)

Nonprofit organization

The term nonprofit organization means an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.

(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 to nonprofit organizations to purchase energy efficiency materials to install in nonprofit buildings.

(c)

Grants

(1)

Application

The Secretary may award a grant under the pilot program established under subsection (b) if an applicant submits to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may prescribe.

(2)

Criteria for grant

In determining whether to award a grant under the pilot program established under subsection (b), the Secretary shall apply performance-based criteria, which shall give priority to applicants based on—

(A)

the energy savings expected to be achieved;

(B)

the cost-effectiveness of the use of the energy efficiency materials that are proposed to be purchased;

(C)

an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and

(D)

the financial need of the applicant.

(3)

Limitation on individual grant amount

Each grant awarded under this section shall not exceed $200,000.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024, to remain available until expended.