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H.R.364 - To provide for the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
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January 10, 2007
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
(1) The United States faces a range of energy challenges that affect our economy, security, and environment. Fundamentally, these challenges involve science and technology.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) The Department of Energy already has some of the mechanisms necessary to promote long-term research, but it lacks the mechanisms for quickly transforming the results into technology that meets national needs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) A recent report of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board's Task Force on the Future of Science Programs at the Department of Energy concluded that `America can meet its energy needs only if we make a strong and sustained investment in research in physical science, engineering, and applicable life sciences and if we translate advancing scientific knowledge into practice'.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) The Department of Defense, since 1958, has used its Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) for aggressively addressing real-time defense problems through targeted programs of research and technology development that have improved our national defense through transformation technologies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) The National Academy of Sciences' report entitled `Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future' recommends creating a new agency within the Department of Energy to sponsor `creative, out-of-the-box, transformational, generic energy research in those areas where industry by itself cannot or will not undertake such sponsorship, where risks and pay-offs are high'. Such an organization would be able to accelerate the process by which research is transformed to address energy-related economic, environmental, and security issues to decrease dependence on foreign energy through targeted research and technology development.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 2. ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY-ENERGY.
(3) accelerating innovation in energy and the environment for both traditional and alternative energy sources and in energy efficiency mechanisms to decrease the Nation's reliance on foreign energy sources.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Responsibilities- The Director shall administer the Fund established under section 3 to award competitive grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to institutions of higher education, companies, or consortia of such entities which may include federally funded research and development centers, to achieve the goals stated in subsection (b) through targeted acceleration of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) PROGRAM MANAGERS- The Director shall designate employees to serve as program managers for each of the programs established pursuant to the responsibilities established for ARPA-E under subsection (d). Program managers shall be responsible for--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) establishing research and development goals for the program, including through the convening of workshops and conferring with outside experts, as well as publicizing its goals to the public and private sectors;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) HIRING AND MANAGEMENT- In hiring personnel for ARPA-E, the Secretary shall have the hiring and management authorities described in section 1101 of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (
(f) Coordination- The Director shall ensure that the activities of ARPA-E are coordinated with those of other relevant research agencies, and may carry out projects jointly with other agencies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. FUND.
(a) Establishment- There is established in the Treasury the Energy Independence Acceleration Fund (in this Act referred to as the `Fund'), which shall be administered by the Director of ARPA-E for the purposes of carrying out this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Director of ARPA-E for deposit in the Fund $300,000,000 for fiscal year 2008, $375,000,000 for fiscal year 2009, $468,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, $585,000,000 for fiscal year 2011, $732,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, and $915,000,000 for fiscal year 2013, to remain available until expended.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. RECOUPMENT.
(a) Requirement- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish procedures and criteria for the recoupment of the Federal share of each project supported under this Act. Such recoupment shall occur within a reasonable period of time following the date of the completion of such project, but not later than 20 years following such date, taking into account the effect of recoupment on--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Availability of Funds- Revenue received by the Federal Government pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the Fund and shall be available with further appropriation to fund future grants, contracts, and cooperative agreement as authorized by the Director.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the term `for-profit entity' means a licensee or successor in interest to a venture member, or any other for-profit person or entity, or combination of such persons or entities, that earns or accrues amounts subject to this section;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the term `product or invention supported by or produced as a result of funding under this Act' includes any product or invention of a venture member based on or using any technology or invention arising out of a venture funded under this Act; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) the term `revenue generated by or resulting from a product or invention' includes revenue derived from the sale or licensing of patents or other rights with respect to the product or invention.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. ADVICE.
(c) Additional Sources of Advice- The Director may seek advice and review from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy for Engineering, and any other professional or scientific organization with expertise in specific processes or technologies under development by ARPA-E.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. ARPA-E EVALUATION.
After ARPA-E has been in operation for 54 months, the President's Committee on Science and Technology shall begin an evaluation (to be completed within 12 months) of how well ARPA-E is achieving its goals and mission. The evaluation shall include the recommendation of such Committee on whether ARPA-E should be continued or terminated, as well as lessons-learned from its operation. The evaluation shall be made available to Congress and to the public upon completion.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink