Text: H.R.3285 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 3285 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 3285
To provide for regional energy efficient lighting education centers, and
for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AUGUST 2, 1991
Mr. VALENTINE (for himself, Mr. PRICE, Mr. BOEHLERT, Mr. COOPER, Mr. FAZIO,
Mr. LEVIN of Michigan, Mrs. LLOYD, Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. SCHEUER,
Mr. SLATTERY, Mr. SYNAR, Mr. TOWNS, and Mr. MARKEY) introduced the following
bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Science, Space, and
Technology, Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce
A BILL
To provide for regional energy efficient lighting education centers, and
for other purposes.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `National Energy Efficient Lighting Education
  Act of 1991'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
  (a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds the following:
  (1) There is a need for a strong national energy policy to limit dependence
  on imported oil and to mitigate environmental problems such as poor air
  quality and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the combustion of
  fossil fuels.
  (2) Energy efficiency must be an integral part of any successful national
  energy policy.
  (3) Energy used to generate electricity accounts for 36 percent of the
  energy used in the United States.
  (4) Lighting equipment is responsible for 18 percent of electric power
  generation.
  (5) In commercial buildings, lighting is responsible for 32 percent of
  electric use and contributes to an additional 13 percent of energy use by
  increasing space cooling costs.
  (6) Energy efficient lighting reduces the need for electric power during
  peak electric demand periods of the day which--
  (A) results in lower energy costs to consumers and reduced need for future
  generation capacity; and
  (B) mitigates the environmental effects of power generation.
  (7) A vast array of energy efficient lighting technologies and products
  are now available in the marketplace.
  (8) These cost-effective energy efficient lighting products can not only
  reduce lighting energy use by 30 to 86 percent, depending on lighting
  applications, but can also reduce the cost of cooling buildings.
  (9) Increasing the adoption rate of energy efficient lighting will mitigate
  environmental problems, make energy more affordable, increase our Nation's
  competitiveness, and improve our national security.
  (10) Many end-users are not aware of the availability of energy efficient
  lighting products and their applications or are confused about how to
  select the best option for their needs.
  (11) A major barrier to the adoption of these new technologies is the lack
  of education about the technologies and their benefits.
  (12) Creating and expanding educational opportunities for lighting designers,
  engineers, utility managers, developers, building owners, facility energy
  and financial managers, and other end-users will quicken the adoption of
  energy-saving lighting products.
  (b) PURPOSE- The purposes of this Act are--
  (1) to provide grants for the establishment of 10 regional centers to--
  (A) educate lighting professionals, such as architects, engineers, lighting
  designers, utility managers, and developers about energy efficient lighting
  opportunities and technologies;
  (B) organize new and expanded lighting training programs at educational
  institutions; and
  (C) provide research and technical assistance services to State and local
  governments, and other organizations; and
  (2) to encourage State energy offices to undertake a cooperative effort in
  conjunction with regional lighting centers to supplement the activities
  of the centers in educating building owners, developers, building energy
  and financial managers, and other end-users.
SEC. 3. REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING EDUCATION AND DEMONSTRATION CENTERS.
  (a) GRANTS FOR ESTABLISHMENT- Not later than 12 months after the date of
  the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy (hereafter in this Act
  referred to as the `Secretary') shall make grants to nonprofit institutions
  and universities (or a consortium of such entities) to establish one
  regional energy efficient lighting education and demonstration center
  (hereafter in this Act referred to as `regional lighting centers') in each
  of the ten regions served by a Department of Energy regional support office.
  (b) RESPONSIBILITIES- Each regional lighting center established under this
  section shall--
  (1) hold special workshops for architects, lighting designers, and other
  lighting professionals;
  (2) prepare training materials and publications;
  (3) provide information on energy efficient lighting technologies, design,
  installation, operation, and maintenance;
  (4) display the latest energy efficient lighting technologies;
  (5) serve as a clearinghouse to ensure that information about new energy
  efficient lighting technologies, including case studies of successful
  applications, is disseminated to end-users in the region;
  (6) assist universities, colleges, community colleges, technical schools,
  union apprentice programs, and other educational institutions in establishing
  lighting engineering and technical programs and curricula emphasizing
  energy efficiency; and
  (7) study lighting needs of the region and make available region-specific
  lighting information to facilitate the adoption of cost-effective energy
  efficient lighting approaches.
  (c) APPLICATION- Any nonprofit institution, university, or consortium
  interested in receiving a grant under this section shall submit to the
  Secretary an application in such form and containing such information as
  the Secretary may require.
  (d) SELECTION CRITERIA- The Secretary shall select recipients of grants
  under this section on the basis of the following criteria:
  (1) The capability of the grant recipient to establish a board of directors
  for the regional lighting center composed of representatives from State
  and local governments, industry trade and professional associations,
  lighting manufacturers, electric utilities, electrical contractors,
  lighting designers, and nonprofit energy and environmental organizations.
  (2) The demonstrated research resources available to the grant recipient
  for carrying out this section.
  (3) The demonstrated ability of the grant recipient to disseminate results
  of lighting efficiency research and educational programs.
  (4) The projects which the grant recipient proposes to carry out under
  the grant.
  (5) The demonstrated ability of the grant recipient to carry out the
  responsibilities specified in subsection (b).
  (e) REQUIREMENT OF MATCHING FUNDS-
  (1) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of a grant under this section shall
  be 50 percent of the costs of establishing and operating the regional
  lighting center.
  (2) NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS- No grant may be made under this section
  in any fiscal year unless the recipient of such grant enters into such
  agreements with the Secretary as the Secretary may require to ensure
  that such recipient will provide non-Federal contributions in an amount
  not less than an amount equal to the Federal share. Such non-Federal
  contributions may be provided through donations by State governments,
  universities, foundations, corporations, electric utilities, and other
  non-Federal entities.
  (f) ALLOCATION OF FUNDS- Of the amounts available to carry out this section
  for any fiscal year, not more than $500,000 shall be awarded to any regional
  lighting center.
  (g) TASK FORCE-
  (1) ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS- The Secretary shall establish a task force to--
  (A) oversee the research and training to be carried out by grant recipients;
  (B) disseminate the results of such research;
  (C) review and evaluate programs carried out by grant recipients; and
  (D) make recommendations regarding possible future programs.
  (2) MEMBERSHIP-
  (A) IN GENERAL- The task force shall be composed of 25 members with
  expertise in the area of energy efficient lighting.
  (B) APPOINTMENT- Members of the task force shall be appointed by the
  Secretary as follows:
  (i) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from Federal, State,
  or local energy offices.
  (ii) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from lighting industry
  trade or professional associations.
  (iii) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from lighting
  manufacturers or design firms.
  (iv) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from electric
  utilities or related associations.
  (v) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from electrical
  contractors or management companies.
  (vi) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from national
  laboratories.
  (vii) Not less than 2 members shall be representatives from nonprofit
  energy or environmental organizations.
  (C) GEOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION- Of the members appointed under this
  subsection, the Secretary shall ensure that there is at least one member
  from each of the 10 regions in which a regional lighting center is authorized
  to be established pursuant to section 3(a).
  (3) TERMS- Members shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. A vacancy
  in the task force shall be filled in the manner in which the original
  appointment was made.
  (4) PAY- Members shall serve without pay. Each member shall receive travel
  expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with
  sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.
  (5) CHAIRPERSON- The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the task force
  shall be elected by the members.
  (6) MEETINGS- The task force shall meet biannually and at the call of
  the Chairperson.
  (7) TERMINATION DATE INAPPLICABLE- Section 14 of the Federal Advisory
  Committee Act shall not apply to the task force.
  (h) REPORT- The Secretary shall transmit annually to the Congress a report
  containing a detailed statement of the activities of regional lighting
  centers established under this section, including the quality and quantity
  of educational programs established by the centers, the extent of success
  in establishing university and trade school programs, and the degree to
  which matching funds are being leveraged from private sources to operate
  such centers.
  (i) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  for purposes of carrying out this section not more than $5,000,000 for
  each of fiscal years 1993, 1994, and 1995.
SEC. 4. STATE ENERGY OFFICES.
  (a) EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS- State energy offices are encouraged to
  supplement the activities of the regional lighting centers established
  under section 3 in providing educational workshops to train local building
  owners, developers, and facility energy and financial managers regarding
  energy efficient lighting options. Such workshops shall be conducted in
  cooperation with the regional lighting center for the region in which the
  State is located and with technical assistance and educational materials
  provided by such center.
  (b) GRANTS TO STATES-
  (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may provide matching grants to States for
  the purposes of carrying out subsection (a).
  (2) PREFERENCE- In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary
  shall give preference to States in which a regional lighting center has
  not been established.
  (3) APPLICATION- The Secretary shall prescribe the form and procedures
  for States to follow in applying for grants under this section.
  (4) ALLOCATION OF FUNDS- Of the amounts available to carry out this section
  for any fiscal year, not more than $100,000 shall be awarded to any State
  energy office.
  (c) REPORT- The Secretary shall transmit to the Congress an annual report
  containing a detailed description of the educational workshops supported
  by State energy offices on a State-by-State basis.
  (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated
  for purposes of carrying out this section not more than $2,000,000 for
  each of fiscal years 1993, 1994, and 1995.