H.R.3285 - National Energy Efficient Lighting Education Act of 1991102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Valentine, Tim [D-NC-2] (Introduced 08/02/1991)|
|Committees:||House - Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Science, Space and Technology|
|Latest Action:||House - 10/24/1991 Referred to the Subcommittee on Select Education. (All Actions)|
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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.