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H.R.1756 - National Oilheat Research Alliance Reauthorization Act of 2011
To reauthorize the National Oilheat Research Alliance, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS.
(a) Findings- Section 702 of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act of 2000 (
(2) in paragraph (2), by inserting ‘, including information on energy conservation strategies, safety, new technologies that reduce consumption or improve safety, and State, local, or Federal programs designed to assist oilheat fuel consumers’ after ‘hot water heating fuels’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) Five representatives of retail marketers, of whom 1 shall be selected by each of the qualified State associations of the 5 States with the highest volume of annual oilheat fuel sales.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(E) Six public members, who shall be representatives of significant users of oilheat fuel, the oilheat fuel research community, State energy officials, or other groups with expertise in oilheat fuel.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), other than the public members of the Alliance, Alliance members shall be full-time managerial owners or employees of members of the oilheat fuel industry.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) EMPLOYEES- Members described in subparagraphs (B), (C), and (D) of paragraph (1) may be employees of the qualified industry organization or an industry trade association.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) TRAINING AND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AS A PRIORITY- Of the assessments collected by the Association pursuant to section 707, not less than 40 percent shall be devoted to a category of outlays comprised of training projects and research, development, and demonstration projects, with a priority on research, development, and demonstration projects that would enhance efficiency through the use of biobased liquids. Training and research under this paragraph shall include the development and demonstration of advanced biofuels.’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) RESPONSE TO RECOMMENDATIONS- If the Secretary makes recommendations under paragraph (3), the Alliance shall, before implementation of the budget with respect to which the recommendations pertain, provide to the Secretary and the Congress a report describing the Alliance’s response to the recommendations.’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) PROCEDURES TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE- The Alliance shall contract with a qualified accounting firm to develop procedures to ensure compliance with the Act. The Alliance shall contract on a yearly basis with a qualified accounting firm to evaluate whether such procedures have been followed. Such evaluation shall be included in the annual report required under subsection (h) and shall be furnished to Congress and to the Secretary of Energy.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) provides a detailed account of the amounts spent by each qualified State association that received funds pursuant to subsection (e) on training, research, development, and demonstration, safety, and consumer education.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) SUBSEQUENT ASSESSMENTS- Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), beginning with calendar year 2014, the annual assessment rate shall be sufficient to cover the costs of the plans and programs developed by the Alliance.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) at least 90 days before the date of the meeting of the Alliance, the Alliance provides notice of the proposed increase to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 710. LOBBYING PROHIBITION.
‘No funds derived from assessments under section 707 collected by the Alliance shall be used directly or indirectly to influence Federal, State, or local legislation or elections, or the manner of execution of legislation, except that the Alliance may use such funds to provide information requested by a Member of Congress, or an official of any Federal, State, or local agency, in the course of the official business of such Member or official.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(j) Extension- Section 713 of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act of 2000 (
42 U.S.C. 6201note; Public Law 106-469) is amended by striking ‘9 years after the date on which the Alliance is established’ and inserting ‘7 years after the date of enactment of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Reauthorization Act of 2011’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. RENEWABLE FUEL CONTENT.
(a) Renewable Fuel Research- Section 706(a)(3)(B)(i)(I) of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act of 2000 (
(b) Report- The National Oilheat Research Alliance shall prepare a report no later than one year after date of enactment of this Act on the use of biofuels in oilheat fuel utilization equipment. This report shall provide information on the environmental benefits, economic benefits, and any technical limitations on the use of biofuels in oilheat fuel utilization equipment. It shall also describe market acceptance of the fuel, and information on State and local governments that are encouraging the use of these fuels in oilheat fuel utilization equipment. The Alliance shall provide this report to the Governor of each State, and other appropriate State leaders, where the Alliance is operating. Additionally, a copy of this report will be furnished to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the Congress.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Consumer Education Materials- The Alliance shall develop consumer education materials in conjunction with an institution or organization engaged in biofuels research describing the benefits of using biofuels as or in oilheat fuel based on the technical information developed pursuant to subsection (b), as well as other information generally available.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink