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H.R.2994 - Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2011
To promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development, and for other purposes.
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Mr. INSLEE (for himself, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, and Mr. DEUTCH) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
SEC. 2. MARINE AND HYDROKINETIC RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
‘(15)(A) apply advanced systems engineering and system integration methods to identify critical interfaces and develop open standards for marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) transfer the resulting environmental data to industry stakeholders as public information through published interface definitions, standards, and demonstration projects; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. TEST FACILITIES.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- In carrying out this section, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall award competitive grants to support 4 or more geographically dispersed marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technology research, development, and demonstration test facilities for the demonstration of multiple technologies in actual operating marine environments (including industry demonstrations).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) PREFERENCE- In awarding competitive grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give preference to existing marine and hydrokinetic testing facilities and existing Centers established under section 634.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. NATIONAL MARINE AND HYDROKINETIC RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION CENTERS.
‘(B) serve as information clearinghouses for the marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy industry by collecting and disseminating information on best practices in all areas relating to developing and managing marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. MARINE-BASED ENERGY DEVICE VERIFICATION PROGRAM.
‘SEC. 635. MARINE-BASED ENERGY DEVICE VERIFICATION PROGRAM.
‘(a) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish a marine-based energy device verification program to provide a bridge from the marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy capture device design and development efforts underway across the industry to commercial deployment of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy devices.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Purposes- The purposes of the program are to fund, facilitate the development and installation of, and evaluate marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy projects, in partnership with Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and in conjunction with Centers established under section 634, universities and other institutions of higher education, private business entities, and other appropriate organizations, in order--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) verifying the performance, reliability, maintainability, and cost of new marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy device designs and system components in an operating environment;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) providing States, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders with a valid opportunity to test and evaluate marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technology in new areas;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) documenting and communicating the experience from those projects for the benefit of utilities, independent power producers, other nonutility generators, device suppliers, and others in the marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy development community; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) resolving environmental issues through robust characterization, reliable impact prediction, effective monitoring, development, and use of adaptive management, and informing engineering design to improve environmental performance.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT PROGRAM.
‘SEC. 636. ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT PROGRAM.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall establish a program under which the Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) to gather and collect the types of environmental data that are required when working in a public resource (including the waterways and oceans of the United States); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) to help fund the cost of advancing renewable marine and hydrokinetic technologies in ocean and riverine environments from demonstration projects to development and deployment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) APPLICATION- To be eligible to receive a grant under this paragraph, an entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. ADMINISTRATION.
‘SEC. 637. ADMINISTRATION.
‘(3) obtain from the recipient of assistance and make available to the public, through Web sites, reports, and databases of the Department, any research, development, demonstration, and commercial application information produced with respect to supported technology, including information obtained after the completion of supported activities, except to the extent that the information is protected from disclosure under
section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Reports- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section and at least once every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on findings and activities conducted under this subtitle.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
‘SEC. 639. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
‘(b) Renewable Energy Funds- No funds shall be appropriated under this section for activities that are receiving funds under section 931(a)(2)(E)(i) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (
42 U.S.C. 16231(a)(2)(E)(i)).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink