Text: H.R.6342 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/29/2010)

2d Session
H. R. 6342

To establish pilot projects for agriculture renewable energy systems.


September 29, 2010

Mr. Holden introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


To establish pilot projects for agriculture renewable energy systems.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Pilot projects for agriculture renewable energy systems.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary shall establish, under such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines appropriate, pilot projects for renewable energy systems to provide financial and technical assistance through existing agriculture programs to eligible entities to implement renewable energy systems in participating States.

(b) Establishment criteria.—In establishing pilot projects under this section, the Secretary shall—

(1) ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that such projects—

(A) are located in geographically diverse regions of the United States;

(B) consist of a diverse group of herd sizes and technologies; and

(C) are located in States that have established net metering programs; and

(2) take into consideration any other criteria that the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(c) Financial assistance.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Financial assistance provided under this section shall consist of cost-shares, grants, loans, or loan guarantees, or any combination thereof.

(2) OPERATION.—In providing financial assistance to carry out this section, the Secretary shall rely on the authorities granted to the Secretary under—

(A) the Environmental Quality Incentives Program;

(B) the Rural Energy for America Program;

(C) the Biomass Crop Assistance Program;

(D) the Rural Utilities Service; or

(E) any other program that the Secretary determines to be appropriate to carry out the purposes this section.

(d) Consultation.—In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall consult with State and Federal agencies, and any other entity that the Secretary determines has relevant experience.

(e) Report.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report describing the implementation of the program authorized under this section.

(f) Study.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall conduct a study to evaluate rural electrification issues. Such study shall include—

(A) an analysis of rural infrastructure; and

(B) rural electric transmission and generation.

(2) REPORT.—As soon as practicable after conducting the study under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of the study.

(g) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means a producer or group of producers implementing a renewable energy system on a farm.

(2) ELIGIBLE ELECTRIC UTILITY.—The term “eligible electric utility” means—

(A) any public or cooperative electric utility that is eligible to borrow from the Rural Utility Service electrification programs authorized under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) that serves a rural area defined by that Act;

(B) any current borrower from the Rural Utilities Service electrification program authorized under that Act; or

(C) any entity primarily owned or controlled by an entity described in subparagraph (A) or (B).

(3) NET METERING.—The term “net metering” means measuring the difference between electricity supplied by an electric utility and the electricity generated by a net metering customer and fed back to the electric utility over the applicable billing period.

(4) RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS.—The term “renewable energy systems” means a system where renewable energy is derived from animal waste and used for improving energy conservation on a farm.

(5) PARTICIPATING STATE.—The term “participating state” means a State that has established a net metering program.