Committee Legislation

Bill Introduced Description
S.2928 Nov-13-14
STATUS: November 13, 2014.--Introduced.
S.2907 Sep-18-14
STATUS: September 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2907 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2907 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2907 To require the Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy-related jobs. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 18, 2014 Ms. LANDRIEU (for herself and 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 Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy-related jobs. 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 `21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) there are, as of the date of enactment of this Act and for well into the future, significant opportunities for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans throughout the energy industry at each level of education and training, but raising the educational achievement for large segments of the upcoming generation is resource-intensive and will take decades to achieve, although the payoff of an increased skilled labor pool would be enormous to society in general and United States industry in particular; (2) African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans represent an important talent pool to help meet the demands of the projected growth in the energy industry, and workforce training and education in business, finance, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will prove vital in achieving that growth, as noted by the American Petroleum Institute; (3) improving minority preparation in science-, technology-, engineering-, and mathematics-related disciplines at the primary and secondary school levels is crucial to increasing the share of minority science-based degree attainment in 4-year and 2-year programs of higher education, as well as for increasing attainment of vocational certificates; (4) the rates at which African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans attain employment in the energy industry is in part related to the choice of the field of study for college degrees (4-year or 2-year) and vocational certificates; (5) data from the National Center for Education Statistics suggest that, over the 2001 through 2010 period, African-American and Hispanic-American students chose and completed 4-year college degrees applicable to employment in the oil and natural gas industry at rates 1/5 and 1/2 , respectively, the rates of the total student population; (6) with respect to 2-year associate degrees and certificates, data from the National Center for Education Statistics suggest that over the same time period, African-American and Hispanic-American students chose and completed programs of study or training applicable to employment in the oil and natural gas industry at rates roughly 1/10 above and 1/3 below, respectively, the rates of the total student population; (7) the American Petroleum Institute projects 525,000 new job opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry by 2020, with 166,000, or 31 percent of the jobs, expected to be held by African-American and Hispanic-American workers, and, with forward-looking policies, that number could increase to a projected 811,000 new job opportunities, with more than 285,000, or 35 percent, of the jobs being filled by minorities, by 2030; (8) the American Petroleum Institute projects that more than 50 percent of all jobs created in the oil and natural gas industry by 2020 would be high-paying skilled and semiskilled blue collar jobs, with a significant range of opportunities at the scientific or managerial level requiring a college degree; (9) the American Petroleum Institute projects that over 1/2 of the future potential job growth in the oil and natural gas industry, approximately 417,000 jobs, is expected in the Gulf region, with the East region expected to contribute nearly 140,000 job opportunities, the Rockies region nearly 116,000 job opportunities, and the West, Alaska, and Central regions expected to contribute approximately 138,000 job opportunities combined; (10) the National Mining Association reports that the coal mining industry supported a total of 805,680 jobs in 2011, including 204,580 direct jobs, including mine workers (143,520), support activities (7,280), and transportation (53,780); (11) broad occupational categories of potential job creation in the upstream oil and gas industry include-- (A) management, business, and financial jobs; (B) professional and related jobs; (C) service jobs; (D) sales and related jobs; (E) office and administrative support jobs; (F) skilled blue collar jobs; (G) semiskilled blue collar jobs; and (H) unskilled blue collar jobs; (12) potential job creation in the upstream oil and gas industry by selected detailed occupational category include-- (A) derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators; (B) oil and gas roustabouts; (C) operating engineers and other construction workers; (D) equipment operators; (E) construction laborers; (F) first-line supervisors or managers of construction and extraction workers; (G) heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; (H) pump operators and wellhead pumpers; (I) helpers and other extraction workers; (J) petroleum engineers; and (K) secretaries; (13) the National Petroleum Council estimates that over the decade beginning on the date of enactment of this Act 30,000 miles of new long-distance natural gas pipelines will be needed to manage the new sources of shale natural gas supply, while a 2007 Survey of Business Owners of the Census Bureau estimated that a very small percentage of pipelines were owned by minority-owned and woman-owned firms compared to the total owned by nonminority males; (14) in 2013, the Energy Information Administration estimated that relatively low natural gas prices, maintained by growing shale natural gas production, will spur increased use of natural gas in the industrial and electric power sectors by 16 percent, from 6,800,000,000 cubic feet per year in 2011 to 7,800,000,000,000 cubic feet per year in 2025, while total consumption of natural gas in the United States will continue to grow in the electric power sector from 16 percent of generation in 2000 to 30 percent in 2040, which will lead to a significant number of new jobs in the natural gas sector; (15) the Energy Information Administration estimates natural gas production in the United States will increase annually, outpacing domestic consumption and making the United States a net exporter of natural gas by 2019, while continued low levels of liquefied natural gas imports, combined with increased United States exports of domestically sourced liquefied natural gas, position the United States as a net exporter of liquefied natural gas by 2016, creating an abundance of new jobs and investment opportunities; (16) the Energy Information Administration estimates that coal-fired electricity generation will remain a dominant resource in the total generation portfolio of the United States, representing 34 percent of United States baseload electricity in 2035; (17) in 2013, a report by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance research team estimated that clean energy investment is most likely to grow by 230 percent to a projected $630,000,000,000 annually in 2030, driven by further improvements in the cost-competitiveness of wind and solar technologies and an increase in the roll-out of nonintermittent clean energy sources (including hydropower, geothermal, and biomass) requiring additional investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; (18) a 2013 report by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance research team estimated that renewable energy projects (including wind, solar, hydropower, and biomass) will account for 70 percent of new power generation capacity between 2012 and 2030, and, by 2030, renewable energy will account for 1/2 of the generation capacity worldwide, up from 28 percent in 2012, requiring additional investment in supporting infrastructure, including long distance transmission systems, smart grids, storage, and demand response; and (19) the Energy Information Administration found that since 2005 renewable energy has garnered more than $1,300,000,000,000 worth of investment and the Energy Information Administration estimates that global energy consumption will increase by 47 percent between 2010 and 2035, with clean energy providing more than 1/2 of that new capacity and attracting up to $5,900,000,000,000 worth of investment, leading to new employment and investment opportunities. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term `institution of higher education' has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001). (2) PROGRAM- The term `program' means the comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy-related jobs established under section 4. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. (4) STEM- The term `STEM' means science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. SEC. 4. COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR ENERGY-RELATED JOBS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish and carry out a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy-related jobs to increase the number of skilled minorities and women trained to work in energy-related jobs, including by-- (1) encouraging minority and women students to enter into the energy STEM fields; (2) ensuring that the educational system of the United States is equipping students with the skills, training, and technical expertise necessary to fill the employment opportunities vital to managing and operating the energy industry of the United States; and (3) providing students and other candidates with the necessary skills and certifications for skilled, semiskilled, and highly skilled energy-related jobs. (b) Priority- The Secretary shall make educating and training minorities and other workers for energy-related jobs a national priority under the program. (c) Direct Assistance- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall provide direct assistance (including grants, technical expertise, mentorships, and partnerships) to community colleges, workforce development organizations, and minority-serving institutions. (d) Clearinghouse- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall establish a clearinghouse-- (1) to maintain and update information and resources on training and workforce development programs for energy-related jobs; and (2) to act as a resource, and provide guidance, for schools, institutions of higher education, workforce development programs, and labor organizations that would like to develop and implement energy-related training programs. (e) Collaboration- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall-- (1) collaborate with schools, institutions of higher education, workforce training organizations, labor organizations, National Laboratories, State energy offices, and the energy industry; (2) encourage and foster collaboration, mentorships, and partnerships among organizations (including schools, institutions of higher education, workforce development organizations, labor organizations, and industry) that provide effective job training programs in the energy field and institutions (including schools, institutions of higher education, and workforce development programs) that seek to establish those types of programs to share best practices and approaches that best suit local, State, and national needs; and (3) collaborate with the Energy Information Administration and the Bureau of the Census to develop a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the energy workforce needs and opportunities by State and by region. (f) Guidelines for Educational Institutions- (1) IN GENERAL- In carrying out the program, the Secretary, in collaboration with the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Labor, shall develop guidelines for educational institutions of all levels, including for programs at elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education, to help provide graduates with the skills necessary to work in energy-related jobs. (2) INPUT- The Secretary shall solicit input from the oil, gas, coal, renewable, nuclear, utility, and pipeline industries in developing guidelines under paragraph (1). (3) ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES- The guidelines developed under paragraph (1) shall include grade-specific guidelines for teaching energy efficiency and conservation initiatives to educate students and families. (4) STEM EDUCATION- The guidelines developed under paragraph (1) shall promote STEM education as STEM education relates to job opportunities in energy-related fields of study in schools and institutions of higher education nationally. (g) Outreach to MSIs- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall-- (1) give special consideration to increasing outreach to minority serving institutions (including historically black colleges and universities, predominantly black institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal institutions); (2) make resources available to minority-serving institutions with the objective of increasing the number of skilled minorities and women trained to go into the energy sector; and (3) encourage industry to improve the opportunities for students of minority-serving institutions to participate in industry internships and cooperative work and study programs. (h) Guidelines To Develop Skills for an Energy Industry Workforce- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall collaborate with representatives from the energy industry (including the oil, gas, coal, nuclear, utility, pipeline, renewable, and nuclear sectors) to identify the areas of highest need in each sector and to develop guidelines for the skills necessary to develop a workforce trained to enter-- (1) the energy efficiency industry, including work in energy efficiency, conservation, weatherization, or retrofitting, or as inspectors or auditors; (2) the pipeline industry, including work in pipeline construction and maintenance or work as engineers or technical advisors; (3) the utility industry, including as utility workers, linemen, electricians, pole workers, or repairmen; (4) alternative fuels, including work in biofuel development and production; (5) the nuclear industry, including work as scientists, engineers, technicians, mathematicians, or security personnel; (6) the oil and gas industry, including work as scientists, engineers, technicians, mathematicians, petrochemical engineers, or geologists; (7) the renewable industry, including work in the development and production of renewable energy sources (such as solar, hydropower, wind, or geothermal energy); and (8) the coal industry, including work as coal miners, engineers, developers, and manufacturers of state-of-the-art coal facilities, technology vendors, coal transportation workers and operators, and mining equipment vendors. (i) Enrollment in Training and Apprenticeship Programs- In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall work with labor and community-based workforce organizations to help identify students and other candidates, including from historically underserved communities such as minorities, women, and veterans, to enroll into training and apprenticeship programs for energy-related jobs.
S.2901 Sep-18-14
STATUS: September 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2901 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2901 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2901 To increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2024, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 18, 2014 Mr. SANDERS (for himself, Mr. MERKLEY, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, and Mr. MENENDEZ) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2024, 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 `10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) there is enormous potential for increasing the quantity of electricity produced in the United States from distributed solar photovoltaic systems; (2) as the market for solar technology continues to grow, the industry will achieve economies of scale that make the cost of solar-generated electricity broadly competitive with the cost of electricity from fossil fuels; (3) producing electricity from distributed solar photovoltaic systems helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and does not result in emissions of harmful air pollutants such as mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides; (4) increasing the quantity of electricity generated from domestic renewable energy sources enhances national energy security; (5) investments in solar energy and other renewable energy sources lead to the creation of green jobs that provide substantial economic benefits; (6) the United States solar industry employed more than 140,000 people spread across all 50 States in 2013, which is a 53 percent increase over 2010, according to the Solar Foundation; and (7) the solar industry is investing almost $15,000,000,000 in the United States economy annually, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM- The term `photovoltaic system' includes-- (A) solar panels; (B) roof support structures; (C) inverters; (D) an energy storage system, if the energy storage system is integrated with the photovoltaic system; and (E) any other hardware necessary for the installation of a photovoltaic system. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. SEC. 4. REBATES FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish a program under which the Secretary shall provide rebates to eligible individuals or entities for the purchase and installation of photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial properties in order to install, over the 10-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, at least an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems in the United States (as compared to the number of photovoltaic systems installed in the United States as of the date of enactment of this Act) with a cumulative capacity of at least 60,000 megawatts. (b) Eligibility- (1) IN GENERAL- To be eligible for a rebate under this section-- (A) the recipient of the rebate shall be a homeowner, business, nonprofit entity, or State or local government that purchased and installed a photovoltaic system for a property located in the United States; and (B) the recipient of the rebate shall meet such other eligibility criteria as are determined to be appropriate by the Secretary. (2) OTHER ENTITIES- After public review and comment, the Secretary may identify other individuals or entities located in the United States that qualify for a rebate under this section. (c) Amount- Subject to subsection (d)(2), the amount of a rebate provided to an eligible individual or entity for the purchase and installation of a photovoltaic system for a property under this section shall be equal to the lesser of-- (1) 15 percent of the initial capital costs for purchasing and installing the photovoltaic system, including costs for hardware, permitting and other `soft costs', and installation; or (2) $10,000. (d) Intermediate Report- As soon as practicable after the end of the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress, and publish on the website of the Department of Energy, a report that describes-- (1) the number of photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial properties purchased and installed with rebates provided under this section; and (2) any steps the Secretary will take to ensure that the goal of the installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems in the United States is achieved by 2024. (e) Relationship to Other Law- The authority provided under this section shall be in addition to any other authority under which credits or other types of financial assistance are provided for installation of a photovoltaic system for a property. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.
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.'.