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S. 2714 (116th): ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 17, 2019 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Calendar No. 361

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2714

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 28, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Gardner, and Mr. Heinrich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

December 17, 2019

Reported by , with amendments

Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the ARPA–E program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019.

2.

ARPA–E amendments

(a)

Goals

Section 5012(c) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

(A)

to enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that—

(i)

reduce imports of energy from foreign sources;

(ii)

reduce energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases;

(iii)

improve the energy efficiency of all economic sectors; and

(iv)

improve the resilience, reliability, and security of infrastructure to produce, deliver, and store energy; and

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking energy and inserting advanced.

(b)

Responsibilities

Section 5012(e)(3)(A) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(e)(3)(A)) is amended by striking energy.

(c)

Awards

Section 5012(f) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(f)) is amended—

(1)

by striking In carrying and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

In carrying

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Consideration of prior grants

In awarding a grant under paragraph (1), the Director shall take into account the success or failure of any project carried out by the entity applying for the grant using any prior grant funds awarded to that entity by the Director.

.

(c)(d)

Reports and roadmaps

Section 5012(h) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(h)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking describing projects and inserting the following:

describing—

(A)

projects

;

(B)

in subparagraph (A) (as so designated), by striking the period at the end and inserting , including projects that examine topics and technologies closely relating to other activities funded by the Department; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

an analysis of whether the Director is in compliance with subsection (i)(1)(A) in supporting projects that examine the topics and technologies described in subparagraph (A); and

(C)

current, proposed, and planned projects to be carried out pursuant to subsection (e)(3)(D).

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

by striking October 1, 2010, and October 1, 2013 and inserting October 1, 2021, and every 4 years thereafter; and

(B)

by striking 3 and inserting 4.

(d)(e)

Coordination and nonduplication

Section 5012(i)(1) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(i)(1)) is amended—

(1)

by striking that the activities and inserting the following:

that—

(A)

the activities

;

(2)

in subparagraph (A) (as so designated), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

an award is not provided for a project unless the prospective award recipient demonstrates that—

(i)

the prospective award recipient has made a sufficient attempt to secure private financing, as determined by the Director; or

(ii)

the project is not independently commercially viable.

.

(e)(f)

Evaluation

Section 5012(l) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(l)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking After and all that follows through years and inserting Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019; and

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking shall and inserting may; and

(B)

in subparagraph (A), by striking the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences and inserting a recommendation.

(f)(g)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 5012(o)(2) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(o)(2)) is amended—

(1)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking paragraphs (4) and (5) and inserting paragraph (4); and

(2)

by striking subparagraphs (A) through (E) and inserting the following:

(A)

$428,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;

(B)

$497,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;

(C)

$567,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;

(D)

$651,000,000 for fiscal year 2023; and

(E)

$750,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

.

(g)(h)

Technical amendments

Section 5012 of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (g)(3)(A)(iii), by striking subpart each place it appears and inserting subparagraph; and

(2)

in subsection (o)(4)(B), by striking (c)(2)(D) and inserting (c)(2)(C).

December 17, 2019

Reported with amendments