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Introduced in Senate (05/27/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3439


To promote clean energy infrastructure for rural communities.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 27 (legistlative day, May 26), 2010

Mr. Reid (for himself, Mr. Ensign, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Tester, Mr. Bennet, and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To promote clean energy infrastructure for rural communities.

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 “Clean Energy Infrastructure for Rural Communities Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Electric loans for renewable energy.

Section 317 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 940g) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)—

(A) by striking “for electric generation” and inserting “for—

“(1) electric generation”;

(B) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) transmission facilities primarily for the purpose of interconnecting one or more renewable energy facilities to a high-voltage transmission line.”; and

(2) by striking subsection (c).

SEC. 3. Rural natural gas infrastructure.

Section 310B(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1932(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(B) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:

“(B) NATURAL GAS.—The term ‘natural gas’ means—

“(i) unmixed natural gas; or

“(ii) any mixture of natural and artificial gas.”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)—

(A) in subparagraph (C), by striking “and” at the end;

(B) by redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (E); and

(C) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following:

“(D) improving the economic and environmental climate by encouraging the development and construction of infrastructure to provide access to natural gas in rural communities; and”.