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S.1218 Jun-25-13
STATUS: June 25, 2013.--Introduced. July 30, 2013.--Mr. Tester added as cosponsor. S.1218 State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1218 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1218 To establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 25, 2013 Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. 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 `State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) COVERED ENTITY- The term `covered entity' means-- (A) a public power utility; (B) an electric cooperative; and (C) an Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)). (2) STATE- The term `State' has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6202). SEC. 4. PHASE 1: INITIAL ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO STATES. (a) In General- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue an invitation to States to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section. (b) Grants- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to section 7, the Secretary shall use funds made available under section 8(b)(1) to provide an initial allocation of grants to not more than 25 States. (2) AMOUNT- The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not less than $1,000,000 nor more than $3,500,000. (c) Submission of Plans- To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), a State shall submit to the Secretary an application to receive the grant by submitting a revised State energy conservation plan under section 362 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6322). (d) Decision by Secretary- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the submission of revised State energy conservation plans under subsection (c), the Secretary shall make a final decision on the allocation of grants under this section. (2) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary under paragraph (1) on-- (A) plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this Act; and (B) other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including geographic diversity. (3) RANKING- The Secretary shall-- (A) rank revised plans submitted under this section in order of the greatest to least likely contribution to improving energy productivity in a State; and (B) provide grants under this section in accordance with the ranking and the scale and scope of a plan. (e) Plan Requirements- A revised State energy conservation plan submitted under subsection (c) shall provide-- (1) a description of the manner in which-- (A) energy savings will be monitored and verified; (B) a statewide baseline of energy use and potential resources for calendar year 2010 will be established to measure improvements; (C) the plan will promote achievement of energy savings and demand reduction goals; (D) public and private sector investments in energy efficiency will be leveraged, including through banks, credit unions, and institutional investors; and (E) the plan will not cause cost-shifting among utility customer classes or negatively impact low-income populations; and (2) an assurance that-- (A) the State energy office required to submit the plan and the State public service commission are cooperating and coordinating programs and activities under this Act; (B) the State is cooperating with local units of government to expand programs as appropriate; and (C) grants provided under this Act will be used to supplement and not supplant Federal, State, or ratepayer-funded programs or activities in existence on the date of enactment of this Act. (f) Uses- A State may use grants provided under this section to promote-- (1) the expansion of industrial energy efficiency, combined heat and power, and waste heat-to-power utilization; (2) the expansion of policies and programs that will advance energy efficiency retrofits for public and private commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and residential buildings (including multifamily buildings) through expanded energy service performance contracts, zero net-energy buildings, or improved building energy efficiency codes; (3) the establishment or expansion of incentives in the electric utility sector to enhance demand response and energy efficiency, including consideration of additional incentives to promote the purposes of section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)), such as appropriate, cost-effective policies regarding rate structures, grid improvements, behavior change, combined heat and power and waste heat-to-power incentives, financing of energy efficiency programs, data use incentives, district heating, and regular energy audits; and (4) leadership by example, in which State activities involving both facilities and vehicle fleets can be a model for other action to promote energy efficiency and can be expanded with Federal grants provided under this Act. SEC. 5. PHASE 2: SUBSEQUENT ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO STATES. (a) Reports- Not later than 18 months after the receipt of grants under section 4, each State that received grants under section 4 may submit to the Secretary a report that describes-- (1) the performance of the programs and activities carried out with the grants; and (2) the manner in which additional funds would be used to carry out programs and activities to promote the purposes of this Act. (b) Grants- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of the receipt of the reports required under subsection (a), subject to section 7, the Secretary shall use amounts made available under section 8(b)(2) to provide grants to not more than 6 States to carry out the programs and activities described in subsection (a)(2). (2) AMOUNT- The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not more than $30,000,000. (3) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary to provide grants under this section on-- (A) the performance of the State in the programs and activities carried out with grants provided under section 4; (B) the potential of the programs and activities descried in subsection (a)(2) to achieve the purposes of this Act; (C) the desirability of maintaining a total project portfolio that is geographically and functionally diverse; and (D) the amount of non-Federal funds that are leveraged as a result of the grants to ensure that Federal dollars are leveraged effectively. SEC. 6. ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO COVERED ENTITIES. (a) In General- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall invite covered entities to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section. (b) Submission of Plans- To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), a covered entity shall submit to the Secretary a plan to increase electric and thermal energy productivity by the covered entity. (c) Decision by Secretary- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the submission of plans under subsection (b), the Secretary shall make a final decision on the allocation of grants under this section. (2) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary under paragraph (1) on-- (A) plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this Act; (B) plans for continuation of the improvements after the receipt of grants under this Act; and (C) other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including-- (i) geographic diversity; (ii) size differences among covered entities; and (iii) equitable treatment of each sector under this section. SEC. 7. ADMINISTRATION. (a) Independent Evaluation- To evaluate program performance and effectiveness under this Act, the Secretary shall consult with the National Research Council regarding requirements for data and evaluation for recipients of grants under this Act. (b) Coordination With State Energy Conservation Programs- (1) IN GENERAL- Grants to States under this Act shall be provided through additional funding to carry out State energy conservation programs under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.). (2) RELATIONSHIP TO STATE ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS- (A) IN GENERAL- A grant provided to a State under this Act shall be used to supplement (and not supplant) funds provided to the State under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.). (B) MINIMUM FUNDING- A grant provided to a State shall not be provided to a State for a fiscal year under this Act if the amount of the grant provided to the State for the fiscal year under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is less than $50,000,000. (c) Voluntary Participation- The participation of a State or covered entity in a challenge established under this Act shall be voluntary. SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $200,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2017. (b) Allocation- Of the total amount of funds made available under subsection (a)-- (1) 30 percent shall be used to provide an initial allocation of grants to States under section 4; (2) 52 1/2 percent shall be used to provide a subsequent allocation of grants to States under section 5; (3) 12 1/2 percent shall be used to make grants to public power utilities, electric cooperatives, and Indian tribes under section 6; and (4) 5 percent shall be available to the Secretary for the cost of administration and technical support to carry out this Act. SEC. 9. OFFSET. Section 422(f) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17082(f)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (3), by striking `and' after the semicolon at the end; and (2) by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following: `(4) $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2013; `(5) $150,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017; and `(6) $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2018.'.
S.1213 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. June 25, 2013.--Hearing by subcommittee. S.Hrg. 113-70. (16) S.1213 Weatherization Enhancement, and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1213 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1213 To reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. COONS (for himself, Ms. COLLINS, and Mr. REED) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Weatherization Enhancement, and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. TITLE I--WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Sec. 101. Reauthorization of weatherization assistance program. Sec. 102. Grants for new, self-sustaining low-income, single-family and multifamily housing energy retrofit model programs to eligible multistate housing and energy nonprofit organizations. Sec. 103. Standards program. TITLE II--STATE ENERGY PROGRAMS Sec. 201. Reauthorization of State energy programs. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the State energy program established under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) (referred to in this section as `SEP') and the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons established under part A of title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6861 et seq.) (referred to in this section as `WAP') have proven to be beneficial, long-term partnerships among Federal, State, and local partners; (2) the SEP and the WAP have been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis over many years to address changing national, regional, and State circumstances and needs, especially through-- (A) the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.); (B) the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.); (C) the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-440; 104 Stat. 1006); (D) the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13201 et seq.); (E) the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801 et seq.); and (F) the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17001 et seq.); (3) the SEP, also known as the `State energy conservation program'-- (A) was first created in 1975 to implement a State-based, national program in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, economic development, energy emergency preparedness, and energy policy; and (B) has come to operate in every sector of the economy in support of the private sector to improve productivity and has dramatically reduced the cost of government through energy savings at the State and local levels; (4) Federal laboratory studies have concluded that, for every Federal dollar invested through the SEP, more than $7 is saved in energy costs and almost $11 in non-Federal funds is leveraged; (5) the WAP-- (A) was first created in 1976 to assist low-income families in response to the first oil embargo; (B) has become the largest residential energy conservation program in the United States, with more than 7,100,000 homes weatherized since the WAP was created; (C) saves an estimated 35 percent of consumption in the typical weatherized home, yielding average annual savings of $437 per year in home energy costs; (D) has created thousands of jobs in both the construction sector and in the supply chain of materials suppliers, vendors, and manufacturers who supply the WAP; (E) returns $2.51 in energy savings for every Federal dollar spent in energy and nonenergy benefits over the life of weatherized homes; (F) serves as a foundation for residential energy efficiency retrofit standards, technical skills, and workforce training for the emerging broader market and reduces residential and power plant emissions of carbon dioxide by 2.65 metric tons each year per home; and (G) has decreased national energy consumption by the equivalent of 24,100,000 barrels of oil annually; (6) the WAP can be enhanced with the addition of a targeted portion of Federal funds through an innovative program that supports projects performed by qualified nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated capacity to build, renovate, repair, or improve the energy efficiency of a significant number of low-income homes; (7) the WAP has increased energy efficiency opportunities by promoting new, competitive public-private sector models of retrofitting low-income homes through new Federal partnerships; (8) improved monitoring and reporting of the work product of the WAP has yielded benefits, and expanding independent verification of efficiency work will support the long-term goals of the WAP; (9) reports of the Government Accountability Office in 2011, Inspector General of the Department of Energy, and State auditors have identified State-level deficiencies in monitoring efforts that can be addressed in a manner that will ensure that WAP funds are used more effectively; (10) through the history of the WAP, the WAP has evolved with improvements in efficiency technology, including, in the 1990s, many States adopting advanced home energy audits, which has led to great returns on investment; and (11) as the home energy efficiency industry has become more performance-based, the WAP should continue to use those advances in technology and the professional workforce. TITLE I--WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SEC. 101. REAUTHORIZATION OF WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. Section 422 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6872) is amended by striking `appropriated--' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting `appropriated $450,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.'. SEC. 102. GRANTS FOR NEW, SELF-SUSTAINING LOW-INCOME, SINGLE-FAMILY AND MULTIFAMILY HOUSING ENERGY RETROFIT MODEL PROGRAMS TO ELIGIBLE HOUSING AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. The Energy Conservation and Production Act is amended by inserting after section 414B (42 U.S.C. 6864b) the following: `SEC. 414C. GRANTS FOR NEW, SELF-SUSTAINING LOW-INCOME, SINGLE-FAMILY AND MULTIFAMILY HOUSING ENERGY RETROFIT MODEL PROGRAMS TO ELIGIBLE HOUSING AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. `(a) Purposes- The purposes of this section are-- `(1) to expand the number of low-income, single-family and multifamily homes that receive energy efficiency retrofits; `(2) to promote innovation and new models of retrofitting low-income homes through new Federal partnerships with covered organizations that leverage substantial donations, donated materials, volunteer labor, homeowner labor equity, and other private sector resources; `(3) to assist the covered organizations in demonstrating, evaluating, improving, and replicating widely the model low-income energy retrofit programs of the covered organizations; and `(4) to ensure that the covered organizations make the energy retrofit programs of the covered organizations self-sustaining by the time grant funds have been expended. `(b) Definitions- In this section: `(1) COVERED ORGANIZATION- The term `covered organization' means an organization that-- `(A) is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that Code; and `(B) has an established record of constructing, renovating, repairing, or making energy efficient an aggregate quantity of not less than 250 owner-occupied, single-family or multifamily homes for low-income households, either directly or through affiliates, chapters, or other direct partners (using the most recent year for which data are available). `(2) LOW-INCOME- The term `low-income' means an income level that is not more than 200 percent of the poverty level (as determined in accordance with criteria established by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget) applicable to a family of the size involved, except that the Secretary may establish a higher or lower level if the Secretary determines that a higher or lower level is necessary to carry out this section. `(3) WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME PERSONS- The term `Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons' means the program established under this part (including part 440 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations). `(c) Competitive Grant Program- The Secretary shall make grants to covered organizations through a national competitive process for use in accordance with this section. `(d) Award Factors- In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall consider-- `(1) the number of low-income homes the applicant-- `(A) has built, renovated, repaired, or made more energy efficient as of the date of the application; and `(B) can reasonably be projected to build, renovate, repair, or make energy efficient during the grant period beginning on the date of the application; `(2) the qualifications, experience, and past performance of the applicant, including experience successfully managing and administering Federal funds; `(3) the number and diversity of States and climates in which the applicant works as of the date of the application; `(4) the amount of non-Federal funds, donated or discounted materials, discounted or volunteer skilled labor, volunteer unskilled labor, homeowner labor equity, and other resources the applicant will provide; `(5) the extent to which the applicant could successfully replicate the energy retrofit program of the applicant and sustain the program after the grant funds have been expended; `(6) regional diversity; `(7) urban, suburban, and rural localities; and `(8) such other factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. `(e) Applications- `(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall request proposals from covered organizations. `(2) ADMINISTRATION- To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. `(3) AWARDS- Not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of a request for proposals, the Secretary shall award grants under this section. `(f) Eligible Uses of Grant Funds- A grant under this section may be used for-- `(1) energy efficiency audits, cost-effective retrofit, and related activities in different climatic regions of the United States; `(2) energy efficiency materials and supplies; `(3) organizational capacity-- `(A) to significantly increase the number of energy retrofits; `(B) to replicate an energy retrofit program within a State or in other States; and `(C) to ensure that the program is self-sustaining after the Federal grant funds are expended; `(4) energy efficiency, audit and retrofit training, and ongoing technical assistance; `(5) information to homeowners on proper maintenance and energy savings behaviors; `(6) quality control and improvement; `(7) data collection, measurement, and verification; `(8) program monitoring, oversight, evaluation, and reporting; `(9) management and administration (up to a maximum of 10 percent of the total grant); `(10) labor and training activities; and `(11) such other activities as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. `(g) Maximum Amount- The amount of a grant provided under this section shall not exceed $5,000,000. `(h) Guidelines- `(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue guidelines to implement the grant program established under this section. `(2) ADMINISTRATION- The guidelines-- `(A) shall not apply to the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons, in whole or major part; but `(B) may rely on applicable provisions of law governing the Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons to establish-- `(i) standards for allowable expenditures; `(ii) a minimum savings-to-investment ratio; `(iii) standards-- `(I) to carry out training programs; `(II) to conduct energy audits and program activities; `(III) to provide technical assistance; `(IV) to monitor program activities; and `(V) to verify energy and cost savings; `(iv) liability insurance requirements; and `(v) recordkeeping requirements, which shall include reporting to the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs of the Department of Energy applicable data on each home retrofitted. `(i) Review and Evaluation- The Secretary shall review and evaluate the performance of any covered organization that receives a grant under this section (which may include an audit), as determined by the Secretary. `(j) Compliance With State and Local Law- Nothing in this section or any program carried out using a grant provided under this section supersedes or otherwise affects any State or local law, to the extent that the State or local law contains a requirement that is more stringent than the applicable requirement of this section. `(k) Annual Reports- The Secretary shall submit to Congress annual reports that provide-- `(1) findings; `(2) a description of energy and cost savings achieved and actions taken under this section; and `(3) any recommendations for further action. `(l) Funding- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $45,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.'. SEC. 103. STANDARDS PROGRAM. Section 415 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6865) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(f) Standards Program- `(1) CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATION- Effective beginning January 1, 2015, to be eligible to carry out weatherization using funds made available under this part, a contractor shall be selected through a competitive bidding process and be-- `(A) accredited by the Building Performance Institute; `(B) an Energy Smart Home Performance Team accredited under the Residential Energy Services Network; or `(C) accredited by an equivalent accreditation or program accreditation-based State certification program approved by the Secretary. `(2) GRANTS FOR ENERGY RETROFIT MODEL PROGRAMS- `(A) IN GENERAL- To be eligible to receive a grant under section 414C, a covered organization (as defined in section 414C(b)) shall use a crew chief who-- `(i) is certified or accredited in accordance with paragraph (1); and `(ii) supervises the work performed with grant funds. `(B) VOLUNTEER LABOR- A volunteer who performs work for a covered organization that receives a grant under section 414C shall not be required to be certified under this subsection if the volunteer is not directly installing or repairing mechanical equipment or other items that require skilled labor. `(C) TRAINING- The Secretary shall use training and technical assistance funds available to the Secretary to assist covered organizations under section 414C in providing training to obtain certification required under this subsection, including provisional or temporary certification. `(3) MINIMUM EFFICIENCY STANDARDS- Effective beginning October 1, 2015, the Secretary shall ensure that-- `(A) each retrofit for which weatherization assistance is provided under this part meets minimum efficiency and quality of work standards established by the Secretary after weatherization of a dwelling unit; `(B) at least 10 percent of the dwelling units are randomly inspected by a third party accredited under this subsection to ensure compliance with the minimum efficiency and quality of work standards established under subparagraph (A); and `(C) the standards established under this subsection meet or exceed the industry standards for home performance work that are in effect on the date of enactment of this subsection, as determined by the Secretary.'. TITLE II--STATE ENERGY PROGRAMS SEC. 201. REAUTHORIZATION OF STATE ENERGY PROGRAMS. Section 365(f) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6325(f)) is amended by striking `$125,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2012' and inserting `$75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018'.
S.1209 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. June 25, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee. (16) S.1209 State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1209 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1209 To establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. 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 `State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) COVERED ENTITY- The term `covered entity' means-- (A) a public power utility; (B) an electric cooperative; and (C) an Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)). (2) STATE- The term `State' has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6202). SEC. 4. PHASE 1: INITIAL ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO STATES. (a) In General- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue an invitation to States to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section. (b) Grants- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to section 7, the Secretary shall use funds made available under section 8(b)(1) to provide an initial allocation of grants to not more than 25 States. (2) AMOUNT- The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not less than $1,000,000 nor more than $3,500,000. (c) Submission of Plans- To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), a State shall submit to the Secretary an application to receive the grant by submitting a revised State energy conservation plan under section 362 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6322). (d) Decision by Secretary- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the submission of revised State energy conservation plans under subsection (c), the Secretary shall make a final decision on the allocation of grants under this section. (2) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary under paragraph (1) on-- (A) plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this Act; and (B) other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including geographic diversity. (3) RANKING- The Secretary shall-- (A) rank revised plans submitted under this section in order of the greatest to least likely contribution to improving energy productivity in a State; and (B) provide grants under this section in accordance with the ranking and the scale and scope of a plan. (e) Plan Requirements- A revised State energy conservation plan submitted under subsection (c) shall provide-- (1) a description of the manner in which-- (A) energy savings will be monitored and verified; (B) a statewide baseline of energy use and potential resources for calendar year 2010 will be established to measure improvements; (C) the plan will promote achievement of energy savings and demand reduction goals; (D) public and private sector investments in energy efficiency will be leveraged, including through banks, credit unions, and institutional investors; and (E) the plan will not cause cost-shifting among utility customer classes or negatively impact low-income populations; and (2) an assurance that-- (A) the State energy office required to submit the plan and the State public service commission are cooperating and coordinating programs and activities under this Act; (B) the State is cooperating with local units of government to expand programs as appropriate; and (C) grants provided under this Act will be used to supplement and not supplant Federal, State, or ratepayer-funded programs or activities in existence on the date of enactment of this Act. (f) Uses- A State may use grants provided under this section to promote-- (1) the expansion of industrial energy efficiency, combined heat and power, and waste heat-to-power utilization; (2) the expansion of policies and programs that will advance energy efficiency retrofits for public and private commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and residential buildings (including multifamily buildings) through expanded energy service performance contracts, zero net-energy buildings, or improved building energy efficiency codes; (3) the establishment or expansion of incentives in the electric utility sector to enhance demand response and energy efficiency, including consideration of additional incentives to promote the purposes of section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)), such as appropriate, cost-effective heat and power and waste heat-to-power incentives, financing of energy efficiency programs, data use incentives, district heating, and regular energy audits; and (4) leadership by example, in which State activities involving both facilities and vehicle fleets can be a model for other action to promote energy efficiency and can be expanded with Federal grants provided under this Act. SEC. 5. PHASE 2: SUBSEQUENT ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO STATES. (a) Reports- Not later than 18 months after the receipt of grants under section 4, each State that received grants under section 4 may submit to the Secretary a report that describes-- (1) the performance of the programs and activities carried out with the grants; and (2) the manner in which additional funds would be used to carry out programs and activities to promote the purposes of this Act. (b) Grants- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of the receipt of the reports required under subsection (a), subject to section 7, the Secretary shall use amounts made available under section 8(b)(2) to provide grants to not more than 6 States to carry out the programs and activities described in subsection (a)(2). (2) AMOUNT- The amount of a grant provided to a State under this section shall be not more than $30,000,000. (3) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary to provide grants under this section on-- (A) the performance of the State in the programs and activities carried out with grants provided under section 4; (B) the potential of the programs and activities descried in subsection (a)(2) to achieve the purposes of this Act; (C) the desirability of maintaining a total project portfolio that is geographically and functionally diverse; and (D) the amount of non-Federal funds that are leveraged as a result of the grants to ensure that Federal dollars are leveraged effectively. SEC. 6. ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO COVERED ENTITIES. (a) In General- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall invite covered entities to submit plans to participate in an electric and thermal energy productivity challenge in accordance with this section. (b) Submission of Plans- To receive a grant under this section, not later than 90 days after the date of issuance of the invitation under subsection (a), a covered entity shall submit to the Secretary a plan to increase electric and thermal energy productivity by the covered entity. (c) Decision by Secretary- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the submission of plans under subsection (b), the Secretary shall make a final decision on the allocation of grants under this section. (2) BASIS- The Secretary shall base the decision of the Secretary under paragraph (1) on-- (A) plans for improvement in electric and thermal energy productivity consistent with this Act; (B) plans for continuation of the improvements after the receipt of grants under this Act; and (C) other factors determined appropriate by the Secretary, including-- (i) geographic diversity; (ii) size differences among covered entities; and (iii) equitable treatment of each sector under this section. SEC. 7. ADMINISTRATION. (a) Independent Evaluation- To evaluate program performance and effectiveness under this Act, the Secretary shall consult with the National Research Council regarding requirements for data and evaluation for recipients of grants under this Act. (b) Coordination With State Energy Conservation Programs- (1) IN GENERAL- Grants to States under this Act shall be provided through additional funding to carry out State energy conservation programs under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.). (2) RELATIONSHIP TO STATE ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS- (A) IN GENERAL- A grant provided to a State under this Act shall be used to supplement (and not supplant) funds provided to the State under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.). (B) MINIMUM FUNDING- A grant provided to a State shall not be provided to a State for a fiscal year under this Act if the amount of the grant provided to the State for the fiscal year under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is less than $50,000,000. (c) Voluntary Participation- The participation of a State or covered entity in a challenge established under this Act shall be voluntary. SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $200,000,000 for fiscal years 2014 through 2017. (b) Allocation- Of the total amount of funds made available under subsection(a)-- (1) 30 percent shall be used to provide an initial allocation of grants to States under section 4; (2) 52 1/2 percent shall be used to provide a subsequent allocation of grants to States under section 5; (3) 12 1/2 percent shall be used to make grants to public power utilities, electric cooperatives, and Indian tribes under section 6; and (4) 5 percent shall be available to the Secretary for the cost of administration and technical support to carry out this Act. SEC. 9. OFFSET. Section 422(f) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17082(f)) (as otherwise amended by this Act) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (4), by adding `and' after the semicolon at the end; and (2) by striking paragraph (5) through the period at the end of the subsection and inserting: `(5) $0 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017.'.
S.1206 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. June 25, 2013.--Hearing held. Hearings held. S.Hrg. 113-70. S.1206 To encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1206 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1206 To encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. FRANKEN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ENERGY INFORMATION FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. (a) Requirement of Benchmarking and Disclosure for Leasing Buildings Without Energy Star Labels- Section 435(b)(2) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17091(b)(2)) is amended-- (1) by striking `paragraph (2)' and inserting `paragraph (1)'; and (2) by striking `signing the contract,' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting the following: `signing the contract, the following requirements are met: `(A) The space is renovated for all energy efficiency and conservation improvements that would be cost effective over the life of the lease, including improvements in lighting, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. `(B)(i) Subject to clause (ii), the space is benchmarked under a nationally recognized, online, free benchmarking program, with public disclosure, unless the space is a space for which owners cannot access whole building utility consumption data, including spaces-- `(I) that are located in States with privacy laws that provide that utilities shall not provide such aggregated information to multitenant building owners; and `(II) for which tenants do not provide energy consumption information to the commercial building owner in response to a request from the building owner. `(ii) A Federal agency that is a tenant of the space shall provide to the building owner, or authorize the owner to obtain from the utility, the energy consumption information of the space for the benchmarking and disclosure required by this subparagraph.'. (b) Department of Energy Study- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a study, with opportunity for public comment-- (A) on the impact of-- (i) State and local performance benchmarking and disclosure policies, and any associated building efficiency policies, for commercial and multifamily buildings; and (ii) programs and systems in which utilities provide aggregated information regarding whole building energy consumption and usage information to owners of multitenant commercial, residential, and mixed-use buildings; (B) that identifies best practice policy approaches studied under subparagraph (A) that have resulted in the greatest improvements in building energy efficiency; and (C) that considers-- (i) compliance rates and the benefits and costs of the policies and programs on building owners, utilities, tenants, and other parties; (ii) utility practices, programs, and systems that provide aggregated energy consumption information to multitenant building owners, and the impact of public utility commissions and State privacy laws on those practices, programs, and systems; (iii) exceptions to compliance in existing laws where building owners are not able to gather or access whole building energy information from tenants or utilities; (iv) the treatment of buildings with-- (I) multiple uses; (II) uses for which baseline information is not available; and (III) uses that require high levels of energy intensities, such as data centers, trading floors, and televisions studios; (v) implementation practices, including disclosure methods and phase-in of compliance; (vi) the safety and security of benchmarking tools offered by government agencies, and the resiliency of those tools against cyber-attacks; and (vii) international experiences with regard to building benchmarking and disclosure laws and data aggregation for multitenant buildings. (2) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- At the conclusion of the study, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study. (c) Creation and Maintenance of Databases- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act and following opportunity for public notice and comment, the Secretary, in coordination with other relevant agencies shall, to carry out the purpose described in paragraph (2)-- (A) assess existing databases; and (B) as necessary-- (i) modify and maintain existing databases; or (ii) create and maintain a new database platform. (2) PURPOSE- The maintenance of existing databases or creation of a new database platform under paragraph (1) shall be for the purpose of storing and making available public energy-related information on commercial and multifamily buildings, including-- (A) data provided under Federal, State, local, and other laws or programs regarding building benchmarking and energy information disclosure; (B) buildings that have received energy ratings and certifications; and (C) energy-related information on buildings provided voluntarily by the owners of the buildings, in an anonymous form, unless the owner provides otherwise. (d) Competitive Awards- Based on the results of the research for the portion of the study described in subsection (b)(1)(A)(ii), and with criteria developed following public notice and comment, the Secretary may make competitive awards to utilities, utility regulators, and utility partners to develop and implement effective and promising programs to provide aggregated whole building energy consumption information to multitenant building owners. (e) Input From Stakeholders- The Secretary shall seek input from stakeholders to maximize the effectiveness of the actions taken under this section. (f) Report- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the progress made in complying with this section. (g) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (b) $2,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018, to remain available until expended.
S.1205 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. June 25, 2013.--Hearing by subcommittee. (16) S.1205 Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1205 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1205 To reduce energy waste, strengthen energy system resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to assess and implement energy systems that recover and use waste heat and local renewable energy resources. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. FRANKEN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reduce energy waste, strengthen energy system resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to assess and implement energy systems that recover and use waste heat and local renewable energy resources. 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 `Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) a quantity of energy that is more than-- (A) 27 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States is released from power plants in the form of waste heat; and (B) 36 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States is released from power plants, industrial facilities, and other buildings in the form of waste heat; (2) waste heat can be-- (A) recovered and distributed to meet building heating or industrial process heating requirements; (B) converted to chilled water for air conditioning or industrial process cooling; or (C) converted to electricity; (3) renewable energy resources in communities in the United States can be used to meet local thermal and electric energy requirements; (4) use of local energy resources and implementation of local energy infrastructure can strengthen the reliability and resiliency of energy supplies in the United States in response to extreme weather events, power grid failures, or interruptions in the supply of fossil fuels; (5) use of local waste heat and renewable energy resources-- (A) strengthens United States industrial competitiveness; (B) helps reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the associated emissions of air pollution and carbon dioxide; (C) increases energy supply resiliency and security; and (D) keeps more energy dollars in local economies, thereby creating jobs; (6) district energy systems represent a key opportunity to tap waste heat and renewable energy resources; (7) district energy systems are important for expanding implementation of combined heat and power (CHP) systems because district energy systems provide infrastructure for delivering thermal energy from a CHP system to a substantial base of end users; (8) district energy systems serve colleges, universities, hospitals, airports, military bases, and downtown areas; (9) district energy systems help cut peak power demand and reduce power transmission and distribution system constraints by-- (A) shifting power demand through thermal storage; (B) generating power near load centers with a CHP system; and (C) meeting air conditioning demand through the delivery of chilled water produced with heat generated by a CHP system or other energy sources; (10) evaluation and implementation of district energy systems-- (A) is a complex undertaking involving a variety of technical, economic, legal, and institutional issues and barriers; and (B) often requires technical assistance to successfully navigate these barriers; and (11) a major constraint to the use of local waste heat and renewable energy resources is a lack of low-interest, long-term capital funding for implementation. (b) Purposes- The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to encourage the use and distribution of waste heat and renewable thermal energy-- (A) to reduce fossil fuel consumption; (B) to enhance energy supply resiliency, reliability, and security; (C) to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; (D) to strengthen industrial competitiveness; and (E) to retain more energy dollars in local economies; and (2) to facilitate the implementation of a local energy infrastructure that accomplishes the goals described in paragraph (1) by-- (A) providing technical assistance to evaluate, design, and develop projects to build local energy infrastructure; and (B) facilitating low-cost financing for the construction of local energy infrastructure through the issuance of loan guarantees. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. (1) COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEM- The term `combined heat and power system' or `CHP system' means generation of electric energy and heat in a single, integrated system that meets the efficiency criteria in clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 48(c)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, under which heat that is conventionally rejected is recovered and used to meet thermal energy requirements. (2) DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEM- The term `district energy system' means a system that provides thermal energy to buildings and other energy consumers from 1 or more plants to individual buildings to provide space heating, air conditioning, domestic hot water, industrial process energy, and other end uses. (3) LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM- The term `Loan Guarantee Program' means the Local Energy Infrastructure Loan Guarantee Program established under section 5. (4) LOCAL ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE- The term `local energy infrastructure' means a system that-- (A) recovers or produces useful thermal or electric energy from waste energy or renewable energy resources; (B) generates electricity using a combined heat and power system; (C) distributes electricity in microgrids; (D) stores thermal energy; or (E) distributes thermal energy or transfers thermal energy to building heating and cooling systems via a district energy system. (5) MICROGRID- The term `microgrid' means a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that-- (A) acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid; and (B) can connect and disconnect from the grid to enable the microgrid to operate in both grid-connected or island-mode. (6) RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE- The term `renewable energy resource' means-- (A) closed-loop and open-loop biomass (as defined in paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively, of section 45(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986); (B) gaseous or liquid fuels produced from the materials described in subparagraph (A); (C) geothermal energy (as defined in section 45(c)(4) of such Code); (D) municipal solid waste (as defined in section 45(c)(6) of such Code); or (E) solar energy (which is used, undefined, in section 45 of such Code). (7) RENEWABLE THERMAL ENERGY- The term `renewable thermal energy' means-- (A) heating or cooling energy derived from a renewable energy resource; (B) natural sources of cooling such as cold lake or ocean water; or (C) other renewable thermal energy sources, as determined by the Secretary. (8) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. (9) THERMAL ENERGY- The term `thermal energy' means-- (A) heating energy in the form of hot water or steam that is used to provide space heating, domestic hot water, or process heat; or (B) cooling energy in the form of chilled water, ice or other media that is used to provide air conditioning, or process cooling. (10) WASTE ENERGY- The term `waste energy' means energy that-- (A) is contained in-- (i) exhaust gases, exhaust steam, condenser water, jacket cooling heat, or lubricating oil in power generation systems; (ii) exhaust heat, hot liquids, or flared gas from any industrial process; (iii) waste gas or industrial tail gas that would otherwise be flared, incinerated, or vented; (iv) a pressure drop in any gas, excluding any pressure drop to a condenser that subsequently vents the resulting heat; (v) condenser water from chilled water or refrigeration plants; or (vi) any other form of waste energy, as determined by the Secretary; and (B)(i) in the case of an existing facility, is not being used; or (ii) in the case of a new facility, is not conventionally used in comparable systems. SEC. 4. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (a) Establishment- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish a program to disseminate information and provide technical assistance, directly or through grants provided so that recipients may contract to obtain technical assistance, to assist eligible entities in identifying, evaluating, planning, and designing local energy infrastructure. (2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The technical assistance under paragraph (1) shall include assistance with 1 or more of the following: (A) Identification of opportunities to use waste energy or renewable energy resources. (B) Assessment of technical and economic characteristics. (C) Utility interconnection. (D) Negotiation of power and fuel contracts. (E) Permitting and siting issues. (F) Marketing and contract negotiations. (G) Business planning and financial analysis. (H) Engineering design. (3) INFORMATION DISSEMINATION- The information dissemination under paragraph (1) shall include-- (A) information relating to the topics identified in paragraph (2), including case studies of successful examples; and (B) computer software for assessment, design, and operation and maintenance of local energy infrastructure. (b) Eligible Entity- Any nonprofit or for-profit entity shall be eligible to receive assistance under the program established under subsection (a). (c) Eligible Costs- On application by an eligible entity, the Secretary may award grants to an eligible entity to provide funds to cover not more than-- (1) 100 percent of the cost of initial assessment to identify local energy opportunities; (2) 75 percent of the cost of feasibility studies to assess the potential for the implementation of local energy infrastructure; (3) 60 percent of the cost of guidance on overcoming barriers to the implementation of local energy infrastructure, including financial, contracting, siting, and permitting issues; and (4) 45 percent of the cost of detailed engineering of local energy infrastructure. (d) Applications- (1) IN GENERAL- An eligible entity desiring technical assistance under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require under the rules and procedures adopted under subsection (f). (2) APPLICATION PROCESS- The Secretary shall seek applications for technical assistance under this section-- (A) on a competitive basis; and (B) on a periodic basis, but not less frequently than once every 12 months. (e) Priorities- In evaluating projects, the Secretary shall give priority to projects that have the greatest potential for-- (1) maximizing elimination of fossil fuel use; (2) strengthening the reliability of local energy supplies and boosting the resiliency of energy infrastructure to the impact of extreme weather events, power grid failures, and interruptions in supply of fossil fuels; (3) minimizing environmental impact, including regulated air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and use of ozone-depleting refrigerants; (4) facilitating use of renewable energy resources; (5) increasing industrial competitiveness; and (6) maximizing local job creation. (f) Rules and Procedures- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall adopt rules and procedures for the administration of the program established under this section, consistent with the provisions of this Act. (g) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $150,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2018, to remain available until expended. SEC. 5. LOAN GUARANTEES FOR LOCAL ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. (a) Local Energy Infrastructure Loan Guarantee Program- (1) IN GENERAL- Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16511 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 1706. LOCAL ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. `(a) In General- The Secretary may make guarantees under this section for commercial or innovative projects defined as `local energy infrastructure' in section 3 of the Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013. `(b) Modification of Existing Authority- The Secretary shall reserve $4,000,000,000 of the loan guarantee authority remaining under section 1703 to provide loan guarantees under this section. `(c) Use of Other Appropriated Funds- To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall use funds appropriated to carry out section 1703 that remain unobligated as of the date of enactment of this section for the cost of loan guarantees under this section.'. (2) TABLE OF CONTENTS AMENDMENT- The table of contents for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801 et seq.) is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1705 the following new item: `Sec. 1706. Local energy infrastructure loan guarantee program.'. SEC. 6. DEFINITION OF INVESTMENT AREA. Section 103(16) of the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 (12 U.S.C. 4702(16)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by striking `or' at the end; (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; or'; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(C) has the potential for implementation of local energy infrastructure as defined in the Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013.'.
S.1200 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. S.1200 Residential Energy Savings Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1200 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1200 To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to promote energy efficiency and energy savings in residential buildings. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. SANDERS (for himself and Mr. WYDEN) 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 promote energy efficiency and energy savings in residential buildings. 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 `Residential Energy Savings Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. STATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES LOAN PILOT PROGRAM. (a) Loans for Residential Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades- Part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 367. LOANS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) CONSUMER-FRIENDLY LOAN REPAYMENT APPROACH- The term `consumer-friendly loan repayment approach' means a loan repayment method that-- `(A) emphasizes convenience for customers; `(B) is of low cost to consumers; and `(C) may tie loan repayment to an existing bill of the consumer. `(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY- The term `eligible entity' means-- `(A) a State or territory of the United States; and `(B) an Indian tribal government. `(3) ENERGY ADVISOR PROGRAM- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `energy advisor program' means any program to provide to homeowners or residents advice, information, and support in the identification, prioritization, and implementation of energy efficiency and energy savings measures. `(B) INCLUSIONS- The term `energy advisor program' includes a program that provides-- `(i) interpretation of energy audit reports; `(ii) assistance in the prioritization of improvements; `(iii) assistance in finding qualified contractors; `(iv) assistance in contractor bid reviews; `(v) education on energy conservation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency; `(vi) explanations of available incentives and tax credits; `(vii) assistance in completion of rebate and incentive paperwork; and `(viii) any other similar type of support. `(4) ENERGY EFFICIENCY- The term `energy efficiency' means a reduction in energy use, including thermal energy for heating. `(5) ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADE- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `energy efficiency upgrade' means any project or activity carried out on a residential building to increase energy efficiency. `(B) INCLUSIONS- The term `energy efficiency upgrade' includes the installation or improvement of renewable energy for heating or electricity generation serving a residential building carried out in conjunction with an energy efficiency project or activity. `(6) RESIDENTIAL BUILDING- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `residential building' means a building used for residential purposes. `(B) INCLUSIONS- The term `residential building' includes-- `(i) a single-family residence; `(ii) a multifamily residence composed not more than 4 units; and `(iii) a mixed-use building that includes not more than 4 residential units. `(b) Establishment of Program- `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish a program under this part under which the Secretary shall make available to eligible entities loans for the purpose of establishing or expanding programs that provide to residential property owners or tenants financing for energy efficiency upgrades of residential buildings. `(2) NO REQUIREMENT TO PARTICIPATE- No eligible entity shall be required to participate in any manner in the program established under paragraph (1). `(c) Applications- `(1) IN GENERAL- To be eligible to receive a loan under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. `(2) SELECTION- In selecting eligible entities to receive loans under this section, the Secretary shall-- `(A) to the maximum extent practicable, ensure-- `(i) that both innovative and established approaches to the challenges of financing energy efficiency upgrades are supported; `(ii) regional diversity among recipients, including participation by rural States and small States; and `(iii) significant participation by low- and medium-income families; `(B) evaluate applications based primarily on-- `(i) the projected reduction in energy use; `(ii) the extent to which Federal funds are used to leverage additional funding from State, local, philanthropic, private sector, and other sources; `(iii) the creditworthiness of the eligible entity; and `(iv) the incorporation of measures, such as on-bill repayment, for making the loan repayment system for recipients of financing as consumer-friendly as practicable; and `(C) evaluate applications based secondarily on-- `(i) the extent to which the proposed financing program of the eligible entity incorporates best practices for such a program, as determined by the Secretary; `(ii) whether the eligible entity has created a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed financing program; `(iii) the extent to which the proposed financing program incorporates energy advisor programs and support programs designed to increase the effectiveness of the program; `(iv) the projected quantity of renewable energy to be generated, to the extent that renewable energy generation will be included; `(v) the extent to which the proposed financing program will be coordinated and marketed with other existing or planned energy efficiency programs administered by-- `(I) utilities; `(II) State, tribal, territorial, or local governments; or `(III) community development financial institutions; and `(vi) such other factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. `(d) Term; Interest- `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish terms and interest rates for loans provided to eligible entities under this section in a manner that-- `(A) provides for a high degree of cost recovery; and `(B) ensures that the loans are competitive with, or superior to, other forms of financing for similar purposes. `(2) PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE- The Secretary shall establish a performance incentive providing a repayment discount for eligible entities in an amount equal to not more than the value of the interest accrued on the loan provided to the applicable eligible entity under this section, based on performance as evaluated in accordance with the factors described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subsection (c)(2). `(e) Use of Funds- `(1) IN GENERAL- An eligible entity shall use a loan provided under this section to establish or expand a financing program-- `(A) the purpose of which is to enable residential building owners or tenants to conduct energy efficiency upgrades of residential buildings; `(B) that may not require any initial capital, excluding fees; and `(C) that incorporates a consumer-friendly loan repayment approach. `(2) STRUCTURE OF FINANCING PROGRAM- The financing program of an eligible entity may-- `(A) consist-- `(i) primarily or entirely of a financing program administered by-- `(I) the applicable State; or `(II) a local government, utility, or other entity; or `(ii) of a combination of programs described in clause (i); and `(B) rely on financing provided by-- `(i) the eligible entity; or `(ii) a third party, acting through the eligible entity. `(3) FORM OF ASSISTANCE- Assistance provided by an eligible entity under this subsection may be in the form of-- `(A) a revolving loan fund; `(B) a credit enhancement structure designed to mitigate the effects of default; or `(C) a program that-- `(i) adopts any other approach for providing financing for energy efficiency upgrades producing significant energy efficiency gains; `(ii) produces a high-leverage ratio of non-Federal funds; and `(iii) incorporates measures for making the loan repayment system for recipients of financing as consumer-friendly as practicable. `(4) SCOPE OF ASSISTANCE- Assistance provided by an eligible entity under this subsection may be used to pay for costs associated with carrying out an energy efficiency upgrade, including materials and labor. `(f) Repayment- An eligible entity shall repay to the Secretary the amount of a loan provided under this section, together with-- `(1) interest accrued on that amount; and `(2) such fees as the Secretary determines to be necessary to recover any portion of the costs of the program under this section. `(g) Reports- `(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES- `(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of receipt of the loan, and annually thereafter for the term of the loan, an eligible entity that receives a loan under this section shall submit to the Secretary a report describing the performance of each program and activity carried out using the loan, including anonymized loan performance data. `(B) REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary, in consultation with eligible entities and other stakeholders (such as lending institutions and the real estate industry), shall establish such requirements for the reports under this paragraph as the Secretary determines to be appropriate-- `(i) to ensure that the reports are clear, consistent, and straightforward; and `(ii) taking into account the reporting requirements for similar programs in which the eligible entities are participating, if any. `(2) SECRETARY- The Secretary shall submit to Congress and make available to the public-- `(A) not less frequently than once each year, a report describing the performance of the program under this section, including a synthesis and analysis of the information provided in the reports submitted to the Secretary under paragraph (1)(A); and `(B) on termination of the program under this section, an assessment of the success of, and education provided by, the measures carried out by eligible entities during the term of the program. `(h) Maximum Amount- The Secretary may provide to eligible entities a total of not more than $2,000,000,000 in loans under this section for the costs of activities described in subsection (e).'. (b) Reorganization- (1) IN GENERAL- Part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is amended-- (A) by redesignating sections 362, 363, 364, 365, and 366 as sections 364, 365, 366, 363, and 362, respectively, and moving the sections so as to appear in numerical order; (B) in section 362 (as so redesignated)-- (i) in paragraph (3)(B)(i), by striking `section 367, and' and inserting `section 367 (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 6201 note; Public Law 101-440)); and'; and (ii) in each of paragraphs (4) and (6), by striking `section 365(e)(1)' each place it appears and inserting `section 363(e)(1)'; (C) in section 363 (as so redesignated)-- (i) in subsection (b), by striking `the provisions of sections 362 and 364 and subsection (a) of section 363' and inserting `sections 364, 365(a), and 366'; and (ii) in subsection (g)(1)(A), in the second sentence, by striking `section 362' and inserting `section 364'; and (D) in section 365 (as so redesignated)-- (i) in subsection (a)-- (I) in paragraph (1), by striking `section 362,' and inserting `section 364;'; and (II) in paragraph (2), by striking `section 362(b) or (e)' and inserting `subsection (b) or (e) of section 364'; and (ii) in subsection (b)(2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking `section 362(b) or (e)' and inserting `subsection (b) or (e) of section 364'. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 391 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371) is amended-- (A) in paragraph (2)(M), by striking `section 365(e)(2)' and inserting `section 363(e)(2)'; and (B) in paragraph (10), by striking `section 362 of this Act' and inserting `section 364'. (3) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of contents of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 note; Public Law 94-163) is amended by striking the items relating to part D of title III and inserting the following: `Part D--State Energy Conservation Programs `Sec. 361. Findings and purpose. `Sec. 362. Definitions. `Sec. 363. General provisions. `Sec. 364. State energy conservation plans. `Sec. 365. Federal assistance to States. `Sec. 366. State energy efficiency goals. `Sec. 367. Loans for residential building energy efficiency upgrades.'. SEC. 3. FUNDING. (a) Budgetary Effects- The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled `Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage. (b) Advance Appropriations Required- An authorization of appropriations under this Act or an amendment made by this Act shall be effective for a fiscal year only to the extent and in the amounts provided in advance in appropriations Acts.
S.1199 Jun-20-13
STATUS: June 20, 2013.--Introduced. S.1199 All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1199 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1199 To improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 20, 2013 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To improve energy performance in Federal buildings, 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 `All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. ENERGY PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT FOR FEDERAL BUILDINGS. Section 543 of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8253(a)) is amended-- (1) by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following: `(a) Energy Performance Requirement for Federal Buildings- `(1) REQUIREMENT- Subject to paragraph (2), each agency shall apply energy conservation measures to, and shall improve the design for the construction of, the Federal buildings of the agency (including each industrial or laboratory facility) so that the energy consumption per gross square foot of the Federal buildings of the agency in fiscal years 2006 through 2020 is reduced, as compared with the energy consumption per gross square foot of the Federal buildings of the agency in fiscal year 2003, by the percentage specified in the following table: Percentage`Fiscal YearReduction 2006 --2 2007 --4 2008 --9 2009 --12 2010 --15 2011 --18 2012 --21 2013 --24 2014 --27 2015 --30 2016 --33 2017 --36 2018 --39 2019 --42 2020 --45. `(2) EXCLUSION FOR BUILDINGS WITH ENERGY INTENSIVE ACTIVITIES- `(A) IN GENERAL- An agency may exclude from the requirements of paragraph (1) any building (including the associated energy consumption and gross square footage) in which energy intensive activities are carried out. `(B) REPORTS- Each agency shall identify and list in each report made under section 548(a) the buildings designated by the agency for exclusion under subparagraph (A). `(3) REVIEW- Not later than December 31, 2016, the Secretary shall review the results of the implementation of the energy performance requirements established under paragraph (1). `(4) SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEARS- The Secretary may amend or set energy performance requirements for Federal buildings for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2025 by a rule that-- `(A) includes cost-benefit analysis and an opportunity for public comment; `(B) establishes levels that are technically feasible and economically justifiable; and `(C) considers any energy- and water-saving measures identified in evaluations conducted under subsection (f)(3).'; and (2) in subsection (f)-- (A) in paragraph (1)-- (i) by redesignating subparagraphs (E), (F), and (G) as subparagraphs (F), (G), and (H), respectively; and (ii) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following: `(E) ONGOING COMMISSIONING- The term `ongoing commissioning' means an ongoing process of commissioning using monitored data, the primary goal of which is to ensure continuous optimum performance of a facility, in accordance with design or operating needs, over the useful life of the facility, while meeting facility occupancy requirements.'; (B) in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following: `(C) ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM- An energy manager designated under subparagraph (A) shall consider use of a system to manage energy use at the facility and certification of the facility in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization standard numbered 50001 and entitled `Energy Management Systems'.'; (C) by striking paragraphs (3) and (4) and inserting the following: `(3) ENERGY AND WATER EVALUATIONS AND COMMISSIONING- `(A) EVALUATIONS- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), effective beginning on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of the All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013, and annually thereafter, each energy manager shall complete, for each calendar year, a comprehensive energy and water evaluation and recommissioning or retrocommissioning for approximately 25 percent of the facilities of each agency that meet the criteria under paragraph (2)(B) in a manner that ensures that an evaluation of each facility is completed at least once every 4 years. `(B) EXCEPTIONS- An evaluation and recommissioning shall not be required under subparagraph (A) with respect to a facility that-- `(i) has had a comprehensive energy and water evaluation during the 8-year period preceding the date of the evaluation; `(ii)(I) has been commissioned, recommissioned, or retrocommissioned during the 10-year period preceding the date of the evaluation; or `(II) is under ongoing commissioning; `(iii) has not had a major change in function or use since the previous evaluation and commissioning; `(iv) has been benchmarked with public disclosure under paragraph (8) within the year preceding the evaluation; and `(v)(I) based on the benchmarking, has achieved at a facility level the most recent cumulative energy savings target under subsection (a) compared to the earlier of-- `(aa) the date of the most recent evaluation; or `(bb) the date-- `(AA) of the most recent commissioning, recommissioning, or retrocommissioning; or `(BB) on which ongoing commissioning began; or `(II) has a long-term contract in place guaranteeing energy savings at least as great as the energy savings target under subclause (I). `(4) IMPLEMENTATION OF IDENTIFIED ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY MEASURES- `(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of completion of each evaluation under paragraph (3), each energy manager may-- `(i) implement any energy- or water-saving measure that the Federal agency identified in the evaluation conducted under paragraph (3) that is life-cycle cost effective; and `(ii) bundle individual measures of varying paybacks together into combined projects. `(B) MEASURES NOT IMPLEMENTED- The energy manager shall, as part of the certification system under paragraph (7), explain the reasons why any life-cycle cost effective measures were not implemented under subparagraph (A) using guidelines developed by the Secretary.'; and (D) in paragraph (7)(C), by adding at the end the following: `(iii) SUMMARY REPORT- The Secretary shall make available a report that summarizes the information tracked under subparagraph (B)(i) by each agency and, as applicable, by each type of measure.'. SEC. 3. FEDERAL BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS; CERTIFICATION SYSTEM AND LEVEL FOR GREEN BUILDINGS. (a) Definitions- Section 303 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6832) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (6), by striking `to be constructed' and inserting `constructed or altered'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(17) MAJOR RENOVATION- The term `major renovation' means a modification of building energy systems sufficiently extensive that the whole building can meet energy standards for new buildings, based on criteria to be established by the Secretary through notice and comment rulemaking.'. (b) Federal Building Efficiency Standards- Section 305 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6834) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)(3)-- (A) by striking `(3)(A) Not later than' and all that follows through subparagraph (B) and inserting the following: `(3) REVISED FEDERAL BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS; CERTIFICATION FOR GREEN BUILDINGS- `(A) REVISED FEDERAL BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS- `(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013 and after the date of approval of each subsequent revision of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 or the International Energy Conservation Code, as appropriate, the Secretary shall establish, by rule, revised Federal building energy efficiency performance standards that require that-- `(I) new Federal buildings and alterations and additions to existing Federal buildings-- `(aa) meet or exceed the most recent revision of the International Energy Conservation Code (in the case of residential buildings) or ASHRAE Standard 90.1 (in the case of commercial buildings) that the Secretary determines saves energy compared to previous versions of the Code or Standard; and `(bb) meet or exceed the energy provisions of state and local building codes applicable to the building, if the codes are more stringent than the International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE Standard 90.1, as applicable; `(II) unless demonstrated not to be life-cycle cost effective for new Federal buildings and Federal buildings with major renovations-- `(aa) the buildings be designed to achieve energy consumption levels that are at least 30 percent below the levels established in the version of the ASHRAE Standard or the International Energy Conservation Code, as appropriate, that is applied under clause (i); and `(bb) sustainable design principles are applied to the siting, design, and construction of all new Federal buildings and replacement Federal buildings; `(III) if water is used to achieve energy efficiency, water conservation technologies shall be applied to the extent that the technologies are life-cycle cost effective; and `(IV) if life-cycle cost effective, as compared to other reasonably available technologies, not less than 30 percent of the hot water demand for each new Federal building or Federal building undergoing a major renovation be met through the installation and use of solar hot water heaters. `(ii) LIMITATION- Clause (i)(I) shall not apply to unaltered portions of existing Federal buildings and systems that have been added to or altered.'; (B) in subparagraph (C), by striking `(C) In the budget request' and inserting the following: `(B) BUDGET REQUEST- In the budget request'; and (C) in subparagraph (D)-- (i) by striking clause `(D) Not later than' and all that follows through the first sentence of subclause (III) and inserting the following: `(C) CERTIFICATION FOR GREEN BUILDINGS- `(i) IN GENERAL- '; (ii) by striking clause (ii); (iii) in clause (iii), by striking `(iii) In identifying' and inserting the following: `(ii) CONSIDERATIONS- In identifying'; (iv) in clause (iv)-- (I) by striking `(iv) At least once' and inserting the following: `(iii) STUDY- At least once'; and (II) by striking `clause (iii)' and inserting `clause (ii)'; (v) in clause (v)-- (I) by striking `(v) The Secretary may' and inserting the following: `(iv) INTERNAL CERTIFICATION PROCESSES- The Secretary may'; and (II) by striking `clause (i)(III)' each place it appears and inserting `clause (i)'; (vi) in clause (vi)-- (I) by striking `(vi) With respect' and inserting the following: `(v) PRIVATIZED MILITARY HOUSING- With respect'; and (II) by striking `develop alternative criteria to those established by subclauses (I) and (III) of clause (i) that achieve an equivalent result in terms of energy savings, sustainable design, and' and inserting `develop alternative certification systems and levels than the systems and levels identified under clause (i) that achieve an equivalent result in terms of'; and (vii) in clause (vii), by striking `(vii) In addition to' and inserting the following: `(vi) WATER CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES- In addition to'; and (2) by striking subsections (c) and (d) and inserting the following: `(c) Periodic Review- The Secretary shall-- `(1) every 5 years, review the Federal building energy standards established under this section; and `(2) on completion of a review under paragraph (1), if the Secretary determines that significant energy savings would result, upgrade the standards to include all new energy efficiency and renewable energy measures that are technologically feasible and economically justified.'.
H.Res.1192 Mar-14-13
STATUS: March 14, 2013.--Introduced in House April 4, 2014.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-401. July 14, 2014.--Passed House by voice vote July 15, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.1192 To redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as `Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'. (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 1192 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 1192IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 15, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as `Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. Congress finds that Jessie Benton Fremont-- (1) was the daughter of United States Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, a leading proponent of the concept of Manifest Destiny that advocated for the Nation to expand its borders westward; (2) became fluent in French and Spanish, was a gifted writer, and was at ease in any political discussion; (3) married John C. Fremont, who was assigned to explore the West; (4) transformed John C. Fremont's descriptions from his treks into prose that was used by pioneers to guide their route West; (5) traveled to California in 1849 to join her husband at their Mariposa ranch, where gold had been discovered; (6) became involved in John C. Fremont's 1856 campaign for Presidency, which proposed the abolition of slavery, a notion that Jessie Benton Fremont also supported; (7) moved to Bear Valley, California, with her husband John C. Fremont in 1858 and thereafter realized the need to preserve the land that would become Yosemite National Park for future generations; (8) entertained men such as Horace Greeley, Thomas Starr King, and United States Senator Edward Baker of Oregon, and urged them to begin a process that ultimately led to the establishment of Yosemite National Park; (9) influenced President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Act entitled `An Act authorizing a Grant to the State of California of the `Yo-Semite Valley' and of the Land embracing the `Mariposa Big Tree Grove', approved June 30, 1864 (commonly known as the Yosemite Grant), the first instance of land being set aside specifically for its preservation and public use by a national government; and (10) set the foundation for the creation of national parks and California State parks through her advocacy for and influence on the Yosemite Grant. SEC. 2. REDESIGNATION OF MAMMOTH PEAK AS MOUNT JESSIE BENTON FREMONT. (a) In General- The peak known as `Mammoth Peak' in Yosemite National Park (located at NPS coordinates 37.855« N, -119.264« W) shall be redesignated as `Mount Jessie Benton Fremont' and may be known informally as `Mt. Jessie' in honor of the contributions of Jessie Benton Fremont to the approval of the Yosemite Grant. (b) References- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, record, or other paper of the United States to the peak described in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a reference to `Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'. Passed the House of Representatives July 14, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.1191 Jun-19-13
STATUS: June 19, 2013.--Introduced. S.1191 Better Buildings Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1191 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1191 To facilitate better alignment, cooperation, and best practices between commercial real estate landlords and tenants regarding energy efficiency in buildings, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 19, 2013 Mr. BENNET (for himself and Ms. AYOTTE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To facilitate better alignment, cooperation, and best practices between commercial real estate landlords and tenants regarding energy efficiency in buildings, 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 `Better Buildings Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. SEPARATE SPACES WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES. Subtitle B of title IV of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17081 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 424. SEPARATE SPACES WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURE- The term `high-performance energy efficiency measure' means a technology, product, or practice that will result in substantial operational cost savings by reducing energy consumption and utility costs. `(2) SEPARATE SPACES- The term `separate spaces' means areas within a commercial building that are leased or otherwise occupied by a tenant or other occupant for a period of time pursuant to the terms of a written agreement. `(b) Study- `(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, shall complete a study on the feasibility of-- `(A) significantly improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings through the design and construction, by owners and tenants, of separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures; and `(B) encouraging owners and tenants to implement high-performance energy efficiency measures in separate spaces. `(2) SCOPE- The study shall, at a minimum, include-- `(A) descriptions of-- `(i) high-performance energy efficiency measures that should be considered as part of the initial design and construction of separate spaces; `(ii) processes that owners, tenants, architects, and engineers may replicate when designing and constructing separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures; `(iii) standards and best practices to achieve appropriate energy intensities for lighting, plug loads, pipe loads, heating, cooling, cooking, laundry, and other systems to satisfy the needs of the commercial building tenant; `(iv) return on investment and payback analyses of the incremental cost and projected energy savings of the proposed set of high-performance energy efficiency measures, including consideration of tax and other available incentives; `(v) models and simulation methods that predict the quantity of energy used by separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures and that compare that predicted quantity to the quantity of energy used by separate spaces without high-performance energy efficiency measures but that otherwise comply with applicable building code requirements; `(vi) measurement and verification platforms demonstrating actual energy use of high-performance energy efficiency measures installed in separate spaces, and whether the measures generate the savings intended in the initial design and construction of the separate spaces; `(vii) best practices that encourage an integrated approach to designing and constructing separate spaces to perform at optimum energy efficiency in conjunction with the central systems of a commercial building; and `(viii) any impact on employment resulting from the design and construction of separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures; and `(B) case studies reporting economic and energy saving returns in the design and construction of separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures. `(3) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall publish a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comments regarding effective methods, measures, and practices for the design and construction of separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures. `(4) PUBLICATION- The Secretary shall publish the study on the website of the Department of Energy.'. SEC. 3. TENANT STAR PROGRAM. Subtitle B of title IV of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17081 et seq.) (as amended by section 2) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 425. TENANT STAR PROGRAM. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURE- The term `high-performance energy efficiency measure' has the meaning given the term in section 424. `(2) SEPARATE SPACES- The term `separate spaces' has the meaning given the term in section 424. `(b) Tenant Star- The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary shall develop a voluntary program within the Energy Star program established by section 324A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6294a), which may be known as Tenant Star, to promote energy efficiency in separate spaces leased by tenants or otherwise occupied within commercial buildings. `(c) Agreements- Responsibilities under the program developed under subsection (b) shall be divided between the Secretary and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the terms of applicable agreements between the Secretary and the Administrator. `(d) Expanding Survey Data- The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, shall-- `(1) collect, through each Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey of the Energy Information Administration that is conducted after the date of enactment of this section, data on-- `(A) categories of building occupancy that are known to consume significant quantities of energy, such as occupancy by law firms, data centers, trading floors, restaurants, retail outlets, and financial services firms; and `(B) other aspects of the property, building operation, or building occupancy determined by the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be relevant in lowering energy consumption; and `(2) make data collected under paragraph (1) available to the public in aggregated form and provide the data, and any associated results, to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for use in accordance with subsection (e). `(e) Recognition of Owners and Tenants- `(1) OCCUPANCY-BASED RECOGNITION- Not later than 1 year after the date on which the data described in subsection (d) is received, the Secretary and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall, following an opportunity for public notice and comment-- `(A) in a manner similar to the Energy Star rating system for commercial buildings, develop voluntary policies and procedures to recognize tenants that voluntarily achieve high levels of energy efficiency in separate spaces; `(B) establish building occupancy categories eligible for Tenant Star recognition based on the data collected under subsection (d)(1) and any associated results; and `(C) consider other forms of recognition for commercial building tenants or other occupants that lower energy consumption in separate spaces. `(2) DESIGN- AND CONSTRUCTION-BASED RECOGNITION- After the study required under section 424(b) is completed and following an opportunity for public notice and comment, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection and the Secretary may develop a voluntary program to recognize commercial building owners and tenants that use high-performance energy efficiency measures in the design and construction of separate spaces. `(f) Effect on Climate Change- For purposes of this section, the impact on climate change shall not be a factor in determining the energy efficiency of commercial building tenants.'.
S.1189 Jun-19-13
STATUS: June 19, 2013.--Introduced. April 10, 2014.--Mr. Booker added as cosponsor. July 23,, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. S.1189 To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1189 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1189 To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 19, 2013 Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself and Mr. CHIESA) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, 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. PATERSON GREAT FALLS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT. Section 7001 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 410lll) is amended as follows: (1) In subsection (b)(3)-- (A) by striking `The Park shall' and inserting `(A) The Park shall'; (B) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (G) as clauses (i) through (vii), respectively; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(B) In addition to the lands described in subparagraph (A), the Park shall include the approximately 6 acres of land Hinchliffe Stadium and generally depicted as the `Boundary Modification Area' on the map entitled `Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park', numbered T03/120,155, and dated March 2013, which shall be administered as part of the Park in accordance with subsection (c)(1).'. (2) In subsection (b)(4), by striking `The Map' and inserting `The Map and the map referred to in paragraph (3)(B)'.