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H.R. 1375: Energy Equity Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1375

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 25, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to establish an Office of Energy Equity, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Energy Equity Act of 2021.

2.

Office of Energy Equity

(a)

In general

Title II of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7131 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

218.

Office of Energy Equity

(a)

Establishment

There is established within the Department an Office of Energy Equity (referred to in this section as the Office). The Office shall be headed by a Director, who shall be appointed by the Secretary and compensated at a rate equal to that of level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code.

(b)

Duties of the Director

The Director, in accordance with Executive Order 12898 (42 U.S.C. 4321 note) and the purposes of this Act, shall provide, direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, conservation, and delivery programs of the Department that—

(1)

promote an agency-wide environmental justice strategy and interagency collaboration;

(2)

reduce or stabilize energy costs within underserved or disadvantaged communities; and

(3)

increase the availability of energy conservation measures within underserved or disadvantaged communities.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Energy conservation measures

The term energy conservation measures means measures that improve energy efficiency, energy conservation, or access to renewable energy sources, including retrofit activities.

(2)

Underserved or disadvantages community

The term underserved or disadvantaged community means—

(A)

a community located in a ZIP Code that includes a census tract that is identified as—

(i)

a low-income community; or

(ii)

a community of color; or

(B)

any other community that the Secretary determines is disproportionately vulnerable to, or bears a disproportionate burden of, any combination of economic, social, and environmental stressors.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of contents of the Department of Energy Organization Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 217 the following:

Sec. 218. Office of Energy Equity.

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