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S. 859: Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 10, 2019 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 184

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 859

[Report No. 116–81]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 25, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

September 10, 2019

Reported by , with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize hydroelectric production incentives and hydroelectric efficiency improvement incentives, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act or the RIVER Act.

2.

Hydroelectric production incentives and efficiency improvements

(a)

Hydroelectric production incentives

Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15881) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (c), by striking 10 and inserting 22;

(2)

in subsection (e)(2), by striking section 29(d)(2)(B) and inserting section 45K(d)(2)(B);

(3)

in subsection (f), by striking 20 and inserting 32; and

(4)

in subsection (g), by striking each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2019 through 2036.

(b)

Hydroelectric efficiency improvement

Section 243(c) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15882(c)) is amended by striking each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2019 through 2036.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act or the RIVER Act.

2.

Hydroelectric production incentives and efficiency improvements

(a)

Hydroelectric production incentives

Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15881) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(1)

Qualified hydroelectric facility

The term qualified hydroelectric facility means a turbine or other generating device owned or solely operated by a non-Federal entity—

(A)

that generates hydroelectric energy for sale; and

(B)
(i)

that is added to an existing dam or conduit; or

(ii)
(I)

that has a generating capacity of not more than 10 megawatts;

(II)

for which the non-Federal entity has received a construction authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, if applicable; and

(III)

that is constructed in a region in which there is inadequate electric service, as determined by the Secretary.

;

(2)

in subsection (c), by striking 10 and inserting 22;

(3)

in subsection (e)(2), by striking section 29(d)(2)(B) and inserting section 45K(d)(2)(B);

(4)

in subsection (f), by striking 20 and inserting 32; and

(5)

in subsection (g), by striking each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2019 through 2036.

(b)

Hydroelectric efficiency improvement

Section 243(c) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15882(c)) is amended by striking each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2019 through 2036.

September 10, 2019

Reported with an amendment