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Passed House amended (11/17/1989)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technology Competitiveness Act of 1989 - Sets forth specified national goals for the wind, photovoltaics, and solar thermal energy programs.

Requires the Secretary of Energy to submit to the Congress recommendations for specified Department of Energy research and development programs for 1995, including biofuels energy systems, hydrogen energy systems, solar buildings energy systems, ocean energy systems, and geothermal energy. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1991 through 1993 for: (1) the wind energy research program; (2) the photovoltaic energy systems program; (3) the solar thermal energy systems program; (4) the biofuels energy systems program; (5) hydrogen energy systems; (6) the solar buildings energy systems program; (7) the ocean energy systems program; and (8) the geothermal energy program.

Requires the Secretary to submit an options analysis to the Congress regarding the timely commercialization of specified renewable energy technologies.

Requires the Secretary to recommend to the Congress amounts to be set aside for energy efficiency research and development and demonstration initiatives. Authorizes appropriations for specified energy efficiency research and development programs for FY 1991 through 1993.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1990 and 1991 for the SP-100 program.

Directs the Secretary to establish joint research and development ventures in specified energy technologies and to report to the Congress on the implementation of such plans. Directs the Secretary to establish the Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Joint Research and Development Ventures to advise the Secretary regarding solicitation and evaluation criteria for joint research and development ventures, proposals, and project selection. Requires the Secretary to report to the Congress regarding actions taken on joint research and development ventures. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1991 through 1993 for such joint ventures.

Directs the Secretary to recommend to the Congress three additional joint research and development ventures in the fields of renewable energy or energy efficiency technologies for FY 1992.

Requires the Committee on Renewable Energy, Commerce and Trade to report annually to the Congress regarding renewable energy technology exports. Authorizes appropriations for such Committee activities for FY 1991 through 1993.

Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to direct the Secretary to establish an information dissemination program for Federal procurement and loan officers on the benefits of solar heating and cooling technology, including site visits and technical briefings.

Requires the Secretary to make biennial reports to the Congress regarding the research programs and ventures under this Act. Requires each annual submission of the National Energy Policy Plan to be accompanied by a two-year strategic plan for energy technology research, development, and demonstration.

Authorizes the Secretary (with the concurrence of the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce) to grant contracts on a preferential basis to domestic firms in lieu of foreign firms in certain circumstances. Requires the Secretary to report to the Congress on contracts awarded in such circumstances.