IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 24, 2019
Mr. Risch (for himself and Mr. Manchin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an integrated energy systems research, development, and demonstration program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Integrated Energy Systems Act of 2019.
Integrated Energy Systems Program
In this section:
The term program means the Integrated Energy Systems Program established under subsection (b)(1).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.
The Secretary shall establish a program within the Office of Nuclear Energy, to be known as the
Integrated Energy Systems Program—
to maximize energy production and efficiency;
to provide reliable, competitive, and environmentally sustainable electricity to the grid;
to expand the use of emissions-reducing energy technologies into nonelectric sectors to achieve dramatic reductions in environmental emissions; and
to enable the energy infrastructure of the United States to support the quantity, variability in type, and variability in size of generation devices and smart load devices.
Program administration; partners
The program shall be carried out by the Office of Nuclear Energy, in partnership with—
multiple offices of the Department of Energy, including—
the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;
the Office of Fossil Energy;
the Office of Electricity; and
the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response;
institutions of higher education; and
the private sector.
Goals and milestones
The Secretary shall establish goals and milestones for the program, including the goals of—
expanding emissions-reducing energy technologies to the transportation and industrial sectors by leveraging—
the nuclear reactor fleet of the United States;
carbon capture, use, and storage; and
the energy storage resources of the United States;
ensuring the competitiveness of the United States in best value, emissions-reducing energy development;
modernizing energy infrastructure with emissions-reducing technology to promote—
ramping load following;
establishing a domestic supply chain of—
nuclear reactor and appurtenant equipment; and
enhancing and accelerating domestic manufacturing and desalinization technologies and processes by optimally using clean energy sources; and
mitigating vulnerability to—
transmission congestion on the power grid;
physical attack; and
Research goals under the program shall include—
technology innovation to further the expansion of emissions-reducing energy technologies to accommodate a modern, resilient grid system by—
effectively leveraging multiple energy sources;
enhancing and streamlining engineering design;
carrying out process demonstrations to optimize performance;
addressing safety by design; and
streamlining regulatory review;
the most efficient use of emissions-reducing energy technologies for hydrogen production to support transportation and industrial needs;
water processing and purification to support industrial and municipal potable and cooling water needs;
conversion of carbon feedstock (such as coal, biomass, natural gas, and refuse waste) to higher value nonelectric commodities;
the use of carbon dioxide in nonelectric commodities;
advanced power cycles, extraction, and processing of complex hydrocarbons to produce high-value chemicals;
more effective thermal energy use, transport, and storage;
the demonstration of nuclear energy delivery for—
the production of chemicals, metals, and fuels;
the capture, use, and storage of carbon; and
renewable integration with an integrated energy system; and
the development of new analysis capabilities to identify the best ways—
to leverage multiple energy sources in a given region; and
to quantify the benefits of integrated energy systems.
The Secretary may award grants under the program to support the goals of the program.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out the program $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2029.