Committee Legislation

Bill Introduced Description
S.2894 Sep-18-14
STATUS: September 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2894 To streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2894 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2894 To streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 18, 2014 Mr. HOEVEN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. COMPLIANCE WITH BLM PERMITTING. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law but subject to any State requirements, a Bureau of Land Management drilling permit shall not be required under the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) or section 3164.1 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation), for an action occurring within an oil and gas drilling or spacing unit if-- (1) less than 50 percent of the minerals within the oil and gas drilling or spacing unit are minerals owned by the Federal Government; and (2) the Federal Government does not own or lease the surface estate within the boundaries of the oil and gas drilling or spacing unit. (b) Effect- Nothing in this Act affects the right of the Federal Government to receive royalties due to the Federal Government from the production of the Federal minerals within the oil and gas drilling or spacing unit.
S.2883 Sep-18-14
STATUS: September 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2883 To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on the entrepreneurial impact of technology transfer at the National Laboratories. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2883 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2883 To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on the entrepreneurial impact of technology transfer at the National Laboratories. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 18, 2014 Mr. HEINRICH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on the entrepreneurial impact of technology transfer at the National Laboratories. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. REPORT ON ENTREPRENEURIAL IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER. (a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the entrepreneurial impact of technology transfer at the National Laboratories (as the term is defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)). (b) Basis of Report- The report under subsection (a) shall be based on an evaluation of quantitative performance metrics, including-- (1) the number of licenses granted to small businesses; (2) the number of start-up businesses created; (3) the number of cooperative research and development agreements and collaborations involving small businesses and the total number of businesses involved in those agreements and collaborations; (4) the period of time required for execution of a license; and (5) the number of jobs created.
S.2873 Sep-18-14
STATUS: September 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2873 National Park System Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2873 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2873 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acknowledge contributions at units of the National Park System. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 18, 2014 Mr. COBURN (for himself, Mr. WARNER, and Mr. ENZI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acknowledge contributions at units of the National Park System. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `National Park System Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) DONOR ACKNOWLEDGMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `donor acknowledgment' means a statement, logo, trademark, proper legal name, or other reasonable form of credit acknowledging a contribution by a donor. (B) EXCLUSIONS- The term `donor acknowledgment' does not include-- (i) a sign or other fixture that would block or obstruct a natural or historic site or view; or (ii) a statement or credit that promotes a political candidate or issue. (2) ELIGIBLE STRUCTURE- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `eligible structure' means a structure at a unit of the National Park System. (B) INCLUSIONS- The term `eligible structure' includes-- (i) a visitor center; (ii) an administrative structure; and (iii) a specific room or section of a visitor center or an administrative structure. (C) EXCLUSION- The term `eligible structure' does not include a commemorative work (as defined in section 8902(a) of title 40, United States Code). (3) LANDSCAPE FEATURE- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `landscape feature' means a component that contributes to the character significance of a landscape. (B) INCLUSIONS- The term `landscape feature' includes land, water, vegetation, walls, pathways, stairways, and plazas. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. DONOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AT STRUCTURES IN UNITS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. (a) In General- Subject to subsection (b), the Secretary may authorize donor acknowledgments at an eligible structure to recognize contributions for a museum collection or landscape feature at a unit of the National Park System. (b) Requirements- Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) shall be displayed-- (1) in a manner that is approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Superintendent at the unit of the National Park System in which the eligible structure, museum collection, or landscape feature is located, after taking into account any input from the donating entity; and (2) for a period of time, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Superintendent at the unit of the National Park System in which the eligible structure, museum collection, or landscape feature is located, that is commensurate with the amount of the contribution and the life of the eligible structure. (c) Placement- (1) IN GENERAL- Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) may be affixed to benches, furnishings, bricks, vehicles, walls, pathways, plazas, and staircases. (2) LIMITATION- Any donor acknowledgment under subsection (a) associated with land, water, vegetation, an item in a museum collection, or a historic structure shall be freestanding. (d) Expansion of Donor Acknowledgments- The Secretary may authorize the use of donor acknowledgments under this section to include acknowledgments on digital and media platforms, including online applications and web-based product downloads relating to a specific unit of the National Park System. (e) Implementation- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall implement this section. (f) Effect of Section- Nothing in this section requires the Secretary to accept a donation. SEC. 4. DONOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TO BE DISPLAYED AT COMMEMORATIVE WORKS AND LANDSCAPE FEATURES. Section 8905 of title 40, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (7); and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(c) Donor Contributions- `(1) DEFINITION OF LANDSCAPE FEATURE- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `landscape feature' means a component that contributes to the character or significance of a landscape. `(B) INCLUSIONS- The term `landscape feature' includes walls, pathways, stairways, plazas, and other features that are considered to be components of a landscape in accordance with applicable National Park Service regulations. `(2) ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DONOR CONTRIBUTION- Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the Secretary of the Interior or Administrator of General Services, as applicable, may acknowledge or permit a sponsor to acknowledge, donor contributions at the commemorative work. `(3) REQUIREMENTS- An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall-- `(A) be displayed-- `(i) inside an ancillary structure associated with the commemorative work; or `(ii) as part of a landscape feature; and `(B) conform to applicable National Park Service or General Services Administration guidelines for donor recognition, as applicable. `(4) LIMITATIONS- An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall-- `(A) be limited to an appropriate statement or credit recognizing the contribution; `(B) be displayed in a form approved by-- `(i) the National Mall and Memorial Parks Donor Recognition Plan or other applicable National Park Service guidelines for donor recognition; and `(ii) General Services Administration guidelines; `(C) be displayed for a period of up to 10 years, with the display period to be commensurate with the level of the contribution, as determined in accordance with the plan and guidelines described in subparagraph (B); and `(D) be freestanding. `(5) COST- The sponsor shall bear all expenses related to the display of donor acknowledgments under paragraph (2). `(6) APPLICABILITY- This subsection shall apply to any commemorative work dedicated after January 1, 2010.'.
S.2857 Sep-18-14
STATUS: SEptember 18, 2014.--Introduced.
S.2823 Sep-17-14
Status: September 16, 2014.--Introduced. S.2823 North American Energy Infrastructure Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2823 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2823 To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 16, 2014 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself, Mr. DONNELLY, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `North American Energy Infrastructure Act'. SEC. 2. FINDING. Congress finds that the United States should establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process for the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity to and from Canada and Mexico, in pursuit of a more secure and efficient North American energy market. SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CERTAIN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AT THE NATIONAL BOUNDARY OF THE UNITED STATES. (a) Authorization- Except as provided in subsection (c) and section 7, no person may construct, connect, operate, or maintain a cross-border segment of an oil pipeline or electric transmission facility for the import or export of oil or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the cross-border segment under this section. (b) Certificate of Crossing- (1) REQUIREMENT- Not later than 120 days after final action is taken under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to a cross-border segment for which a request is received under this section, the relevant official identified under paragraph (2), in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies, shall issue a certificate of crossing for the cross-border segment unless the relevant official finds that the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the cross-border segment is not in the public interest of the United States. (2) RELEVANT OFFICIAL- The relevant official referred to in paragraph (1) is-- (A) the Secretary of State with respect to oil pipelines; and (B) the Secretary of Energy with respect to electric transmission facilities. (3) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES- In the case of a request for a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment of an electric transmission facility, the Secretary of Energy shall require, as a condition of issuing the certificate of crossing for the request under paragraph (1), that the cross-border segment of the electric transmission facility be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained consistent with all applicable policies and standards of-- (A) the Electric Reliability Organization and the applicable regional entity; and (B) any Regional Transmission Organization or Independent System Operator with operational or functional control over the cross-border segment of the electric transmission facility. (c) Exclusions- This section shall not apply to any construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment of an oil pipeline or electric transmission facility for the import or export of oil or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico-- (1) if the cross-border segment is operating for such import, export, or transmission as of the date of enactment of this Act; (2) if a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has been issued; (3) if a certificate of crossing for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has previously been issued under this section; or (4) if an application for a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance is pending on the date of enactment of this Act, until the earlier of-- (A) the date on which such application is denied; or (B) July 1, 2016. (d) Effect of Other Laws- (1) APPLICATION TO PROJECTS- Nothing in this section or section 7 shall affect the application of any other Federal statute to a project for which a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment is sought under this section. (2) ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT- Nothing in this section or section 7 shall affect the authority of the President under section 103(a) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. SEC. 4. IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF NATURAL GAS TO CANADA AND MEXICO. Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(c)) is amended-- (1) by striking, `For purposes of subsection (a) of this section' and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of subsection (a)'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(2) DEADLINE FOR APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS RELATING TO CANADA AND MEXICO- In the case of an application for the importation or exportation of natural gas to or from Canada or Mexico, the Commission shall approve the application not later than 30 days after the date of receipt of the application.'. SEC. 5. TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY TO CANADA AND MEXICO. (a) Repeal of Requirement To Secure Order- Section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)) is repealed. (b) Conforming Amendments- (1) STATE REGULATIONS- Section 202(f) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(f)) is amended by striking `insofar as such State regulation does not conflict with the exercise of the Commission's powers under or relating to subsection 202(e)'. (2) SEASONAL DIVERSITY ELECTRICITY EXCHANGE- Section 602(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 824a-4(b)) is amended by striking `the Commission has conducted hearings and made the findings required under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting `the Secretary has conducted hearings and finds that the proposed transmission facilities would not impair the sufficiency of electric supply within the United States or would not impede or tend to impede the coordination in the public interest of facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the Secretary.'. SEC. 6. NO PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT REQUIRED. No Presidential permit (or similar permit) required under Executive Order No. 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note), Executive Order No. 11423 (3 U.S.C. 301 note), section 301 of title 3, United States Code, Executive Order No. 12038, Executive Order No. 10485, or any other Executive order shall be necessary for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility, or any cross-border segment thereof. SEC. 7. MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING PROJECTS. No certificate of crossing under section 3, or permit described in section 6, shall be required for a modification to the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility-- (1) that is operating for the import or export of oil or natural gas or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico as of the date of enactment of the Act; (2) for which a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has been issued; or (3) for which a certificate of crossing for the cross-border segment of the pipeline or facility has previously been issued under section 3. SEC. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE; RULEMAKING DEADLINES. (a) Effective Date- Sections 3 through 7, and the amendments made by such sections, shall take effect on July 1, 2015. (b) Rulemaking Deadlines- Each relevant official described in section 3(b)(2) shall-- (1) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, publish in the Federal Register notice of a proposed rulemaking to carry out the applicable requirements of section 3; and (2) not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, publish in the Federal Register a final rule to carry out the applicable requirements of section 3. SEC. 9. DEFINITIONS. In this Act-- (1) the term `cross-border segment' means the portion of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility that is located at the national boundary of the United States with either Canada or Mexico; (2) the term `modification' includes a change in ownership, volume expansion, downstream or upstream interconnection, or adjustment to maintain flow (such as a reduction or increase in the number of pump or compressor stations); (3) the term `natural gas' has the meaning given that term in section 2 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717a); (4) the term `oil' means petroleum or a petroleum product; (5) the terms `Electric Reliability Organization' and `regional entity' have the meanings given those terms in section 215 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o); and (6) the terms `Independent System Operator' and `Regional Transmission Organization' have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).
S.2820 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 16, 2014.--Introduced. S.2820 Garden Valley Withdrawal Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2820 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2820 To provide for the withdrawal of certain Federal land in Garden Valley, Nevada. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 16, 2014 Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the withdrawal of certain Federal land in Garden Valley, Nevada. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Garden Valley Withdrawal Act'. SEC. 2. GARDEN VALLEY, NEVADA, WITHDRAWAL. Subject to valid existing rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, the approximately 805,100 acres of Federal land generally depicted on the map entitled `Garden Valley Withdrawal Area' and dated July 11, 2014, is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.
S.2803 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 15, 2014.--Introduced.
S.2803 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 15, 2014.--Introduced. S.2803 To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2803 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2803 To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 15, 2014 Mr. KING introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. USE RESTRICTION REMOVED. The Act entitled `An Act to authorize the conveyance, for school purposes, of certain land in Acadia National Park to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes', approved August 1, 1950, is amended by adding at the end the following: `Lands conveyed to the town of Tremont, Maine, under the Act known as NPS Tract 06-126, which were conveyed by the National Park Service in deed recorded at the Hancock County Registry of Deeds Book 737 Page 467, National Park Service Deed 377, shall no longer be required to be used exclusively and perpetually for school purposes and upon the discontinuance of such use of said land, or any part thereof, shall no longer be required to revert to the United States.'.
S.2791 Sep-17-14
Status: September 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2791 EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2791 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2791 To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 10, 2014 Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself and Mr. PORTMAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `EPS Service Parts Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. EXEMPT SUPPLIES. Section 325(u) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(5) EXEMPT SUPPLIES- `(A) FEBRUARY 10, 2014, RULE- `(i) IN GENERAL- An external power supply shall not be subject to the final rule entitled `Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies', published at 79 Fed. Reg. 7845 (February 10, 2014), if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured during the period beginning on February 10, 2016, and ending on February 10, 2020; `(II) is marked in accordance with the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; `(III) meets, where applicable, the standards under paragraph (3)(A), and has been certified to the Secretary as meeting International Efficiency Level IV or higher of the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before February 10, 2016. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of products exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that are not International Efficiency Level VI or higher. `(iii) LIMITATION OF EXEMPTION- The Secretary may issue a rule, after providing public notice and opportunity for public comment, to limit the applicability of the exemption established under clause (i) if the Secretary determines that the exemption is resulting in a significant reduction of the energy savings that would otherwise result from the final rule described in such clause. `(B) AMENDED STANDARDS- `(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may exempt an external power supply from any amended standard under this subsection if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured within four years of the compliance date of the amended standard; `(II) complies with applicable marking requirements adopted by the Secretary prior to the amendment; `(III) meets the standards that were in effect prior to the amendment; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before the compliance date of the amended standard. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of a product exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that do not meet the amended standard.'.
S.2776 Aug-01-14
STATUS: August 1, 2014.--Introduced. S.2776 Ten in Ten Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2776 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2776 To establish a Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the next 10 years, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2014 Mr. WALSH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish a Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the next 10 years, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Ten in Ten Act'. SEC. 2. CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION DEPLOYMENT ACCELERATION FUND. (a) Establishment of Fund- There is established in the Treasury a fund to be known as the `Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund' (referred to in this section as the `Fund'), to be administered by the Secretary of Energy (referred to in this section as the `Secretary'), to be available without fiscal year limitation and without further appropriation, to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the 10-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section. (b) Use of Fund- (1) IN GENERAL- Of amounts in the Fund, the Secretary may use such sums as are necessary to provide grants or other forms of financial support that-- (A) capture carbon dioxide from electric generation units that-- (i) generate and sell electric power directly to consumers or for resale; (ii) use coal or petroleum coke for at least 75 percent of the fuel used by the units; and (iii) transport the captured carbon dioxide to a permanent geological storage site in the United States, or to a site on the North American Continent, for use for hydrocarbon recovery; (B) have a useful life of not fewer than 15 years; (C) emphasize modular designs and are capable of generating at least 100 megawatts of electricity output; (D) capture and sequester not less than 65 percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions of the electric generation units; and (E) apply to a diverse mix of coal ranks, generation systems, geographic locations, capture systems, and sequestration characterizations and systems, including saline sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and other beneficial uses of carbon dioxide. (2) ELIGIBLE PROJECTS- Eligible projects under this paragraph include carbon capture and sequestration units that are designed for-- (A) new coal-fired electric generation units; (B) retrofit or upgrade of existing coal-fired electric generation units; and (C) notwithstanding paragraph (1)(C), nonmodular units that are larger than 250 megawatts and designed for integrated gasification combined cycle electric generation units. (c) Transfers to Fund- There is transferred into the Fund established by subsection (a) $10,000,000,000 out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. (d) Prohibition- Amounts in the Fund may not be made available for any purpose other than a purpose described in subsections (a) and (b). (e) Annual Reports- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2015, the Secretary shall submit a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year to-- (A) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; (B) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; (C) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (D) the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives. (2) CONTENTS- Each report shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report, the following: (A) A statement of the amounts deposited into the Fund. (B) A description of the expenditures made from the Fund for the fiscal year, including the purpose of the expenditures. (C) Recommendations for additional authorities to fulfill the purpose of the Fund. (D) A statement of the balance remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year.
S.2762 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. September 18, 2014.--Mr. Roberts added as cosponsor. S.2762 Propane Supply and Security Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2762 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2762 To prevent future propane shortages, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mr. FRANKEN (for himself, Mr. PORTMAN, and Ms. BALDWIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To prevent future propane shortages, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Propane Supply and Security Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term `Administrator' means the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration. (2) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (3) INTERSTATE COMMERCE- The term `interstate commerce' has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717a). (4) PROPANE PIPELINE- The term `propane pipeline' means a pipeline used to transport propane in interstate commerce. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. SEC. 3. INFORMATION COLLECTION. (a) In General- The Administrator shall publish, to the maximum extent practicable and consistent with confidentiality requirements, data on-- (1) propane storage, including-- (A) weekly inventory data disaggregated below the level of the Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD), including-- (i) data at the State level; and (ii) data from the collective storage facilities at market hubs, including storage facilities in and around Mont Belvieu, Texas, Conway, Kansas, and any future market hubs of significant regional scope; and (B) weekly data to separately account for non-fuel propylene and propane for PADD 3 and other regions if the Administrator determines that inclusion of the nonfuel propylene supply data significantly distorts propane supply and pricing data, and the Administrator determines it is feasible to collect separate data on nonfuel propylene and propane; and (2) propane markets, including pricing data for residential customers in States that voluntarily choose to participate in the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) of the Energy Information Administration. (b) Biannual Working and Net Available Storage Capacity Report- The Administrator shall publish data on-- (1) storage at-- (A) major market centers, including the regions around Conway, Kansas and Mont Belvieu, Texas; and (B) to the extent practicable based on existing surveys and consistent with confidentiality requirements, the regions reported in the weekly and monthly inventory data under subsection (a); and (2) pipeline fill requirements and pipeline operational storage capacity. (c) Wood Pilot- The Administrator shall work with the States participating in SHOPP to develop a program comparable to SHOPP to collect data on wood pellets, firewood, and other biomass. SEC. 4. COORDINATED RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES. (a) In General- The Secretary shall lead Federal and State emergency response efforts with respect to propane supply emergencies in any State or region of the United States that are characterized, as determined by the Secretary, by-- (1) sudden increases in consumer prices for propane; or (2) propane supply shortages that threaten public safety or livestock safety. (b) Duties- In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (1) establish criteria to determine when an emergency response action would be triggered; (2) establish a system for forecasting and tracking the availability of propane, with an emphasis on predicting supply shortages; (3) establish a system for alerting other Federal agencies, States, industry groups, and appropriate stakeholders of the crisis-- (A) before an emergency; and (B) when the Secretary determines that an emergency has occurred; (4) establish a plan for coordinated response to an emergency by Federal and State agencies; and (5) establish criteria to determine when the emergency has ended. (c) Actions- An emergency response carried out under this section may include-- (1) actions to protect consumers from unfair pricing; (2) actions to expedite the distribution of propane through available transportation modes, including provisions-- (A) to exempt motor carriers of propane from hours-of-service restrictions; (B) to prioritize propane shipments by rail; and (C) to prioritize propane shipments over other shipments in batched pipelines; (3) expedited release of energy assistance funds; and (4) other actions to relieve price spikes and supply shortages. (d) Effect- Nothing in this section limits any existing authority of any Federal agency. SEC. 5. DEFINITION OF CONSUMER PROPANE PRICES. (a) Functions of Propane Education and Research Council- Section 5(f) of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (15 U.S.C. 6404(f)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting `to train propane distributors and consumers in strategies to mitigate negative effects of future propane price spikes,' after `to enhance consumer and employee safety and training,'. (b) Market Survey and Consumer Protection Price Analysis- Section 9(a) of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (15 U.S.C. 6408(a)) is amended in the first sentence by striking `only data provided by the Energy Information Administration' and inserting `the refiner price to end users of consumer grade propane, as published by the Energy Information Administration'. SEC. 6. REGIONAL PROPANE RESERVE. (a) Study- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of establishing 1 or more propane storage facilities, to be operated separately from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve established under part B of title I of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231 et seq.). (b) Plan- Following completion of the study under subsection (a), the Secretary may submit to Congress and the President a plan describing-- (1) the proposed acquisition of storage and related facilities or storage services for, including-- (A) the potential use of storage facilities not currently in use; and (B) a determination of the combination of primary, secondary, and tertiary storage facilities that will be used; (2) the proposed acquisition of propane for storage; (3) the proposed methods of disposition of propane; (4) the estimated costs of establishment, maintenance, and operation; (5) the efforts the Secretary will make-- (A) to minimize any potential need for future drawdowns; and (B) to ensure that distributors and importers are not discouraged from maintaining and increasing supplies of propane; (6) the proposed actions to ensure the quality of the propane; and (7) the proposed accounts and funding structures required for acquisition of propane and propane storage facilities. SEC. 7. STORAGE FACILITY LOANS FOR PROPANE STORAGE. Section 1614(a) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 8789(a)) is amended by inserting `, including facilities for propane that is used for drying and heating' before the period at the end. SEC. 8. STUDY OF JURISDICTION. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall complete a study of facilities appurtenant to propane pipelines (such as terminals and storage facilities) that are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission (as of the date on which the study commences) to determine-- (1) whether the nonjurisdictional nature of the facilities is injurious to shippers or consumers; and (2)(A) whether the facilities can be placed under the jurisdiction of the Commission; or (B) if not, whether changes in law to place the facilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission are in the public interest.