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S.187 - Biofuels Market Expansion Act of 2011
A bill to provide for the expansion of the biofuels market.
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Mr. HARKIN (for himself, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, and Mr. FRANKEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ENSURING THE AVAILABILITY OF DUAL FUELED AUTOMOBILES AND LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS.
‘Sec. 32902A. Requirement to manufacture dual fueled automobiles and light duty trucks
‘(a) In General- For each model year listed in the following table, each manufacturer shall ensure that the percentage of automobiles and light duty trucks manufactured by the manufacturer for sale in the United States that are dual fueled automobiles and light duty trucks is not less than the percentage set forth for that model year in the following table:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 329 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 32902 the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Rulemaking- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall prescribe regulations to carry out the amendments made by this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. BLENDER PUMP PROMOTION.
(A) BLENDER PUMP- The term ‘blender pump’ means an automotive fuel dispensing pump capable of dispensing at least 3 different blends of gasoline and ethanol, as selected by the pump operator, including blends ranging from 0 percent ethanol to 85 percent denatured ethanol, as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) ETHANOL FUEL BLEND- The term ‘ethanol fuel blend’ means a blend of gasoline and ethanol, with a minimum of 0 percent and maximum of 85 percent of the content of which is denatured ethanol.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) installing blender pump fuel infrastructure, including infrastructure necessary for the direct retail sale of ethanol fuel blends (including E-85 fuel), including blender pumps and storage tanks; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) providing subgrants to direct retailers of ethanol fuel blends (including E-85 fuel) for the purpose of installing fuel infrastructure for the direct retail sale of ethanol fuel blends (including E-85 fuel), including blender pumps and storage tanks.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) REVERSION- If an eligible facility or retailer that receives a grant or subgrant under this subsection does not offer ethanol fuel blends for sale for at least 2 years during the 4-year period beginning on the date of installation of the blender pump, the eligible facility or retailer shall be required to repay to the Secretary an amount determined to be appropriate by the Secretary, but not more than the amount of the grant provided to the eligible facility or retailer under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Installation of Blender Pumps by Major Fuel Distributors at Owned Stations and Branded Stations- Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (
‘(ii) ETHANOL FUEL BLEND- The term ‘ethanol fuel blend’ means a blend of gasoline and ethanol, with a minimum of 0 percent and maximum of 85 percent of the content of which is denatured ethanol.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Energy, acting in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of Agriculture.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) REGULATIONS- The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to ensure that each major fuel distributor that sells or introduces gasoline into commerce in the United States through majority-owned stations or branded stations installs or otherwise makes available 1 or more blender pumps that dispense E-85 fuel and ethanol fuel blends (including any other equipment necessary, such as tanks, to ensure that the pumps function properly) for a period of not less than 5 years at not less than the applicable percentage of the majority-owned stations and the branded stations of the major fuel distributor specified in subparagraph (C).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) APPLICABLE PERCENTAGE- For the purpose of subparagraph (B), the applicable percentage of the majority-owned stations and the branded stations shall be determined in accordance with the following table:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- Subject to clause (ii), in promulgating regulations under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall ensure that each major fuel distributor described in that subparagraph installs or otherwise makes available 1 or more blender pumps that dispense E-85 fuel and ethanol fuel blends at not less than a minimum percentage (specified in the regulations) of the majority-owned stations and the branded stations of the major fuel distributors in each State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) REQUIREMENT- In specifying the minimum percentage under clause (i), the Secretary shall ensure that each major fuel distributor installs or otherwise makes available 1 or more blender pumps described in that clause in each State in which the major fuel distributor operates.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(E) FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY- In promulgating regulations under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall ensure that each major fuel distributor described in that subparagraph assumes full financial responsibility for the costs of installing or otherwise making available the blender pumps described in that subparagraph and any other equipment necessary (including tanks) to ensure that the pumps function properly.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) EARNING AND PERIOD FOR APPLYING CREDITS- If the percentage of the majority-owned stations and the branded stations of a major fuel distributor at which the major fuel distributor installs blender pumps in a particular calendar year exceeds the percentage required under subparagraph (C), the major fuel distributor shall earn credits under this paragraph, which may be applied to any of the 3 consecutive calendar years immediately after the calendar year for which the credits are earned.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) TRADING CREDITS- Subject to clause (iii), a major fuel distributor that has earned credits under clause (i) may sell the credits to another major fuel distributor to enable the purchaser to meet the requirement under subparagraph (C).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. LOAN GUARANTEES FOR PROJECTS TO CONSTRUCT RENEWABLE FUEL PIPELINES.
‘(6) RENEWABLE FUEL- The term ‘renewable fuel’ has the meaning given the term in section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act (
42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(1)), except that the term includes all types of ethanol and biodiesel.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) RENEWABLE FUEL PIPELINES- A guarantee for a project described in section 1703(b)(11) shall be in an amount equal to 80 percent of the project cost of the facility that is the subject of the guarantee, as estimated at the time at which the guarantee is issued.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) Installation of sufficient infrastructure to allow for the cost-effective deployment of clean energy technologies appropriate to each region of the United States, including the deployment of renewable fuel pipelines through loan guarantees in an amount equal to 80 percent of the cost.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Regulations- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out the amendments made by this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink