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Introduced in Senate (03/04/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 523


To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish pilot project offices to improve Federal permit coordination for renewable energy.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 4, 2009

Mr. Tester (for himself and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish pilot project offices to improve Federal permit coordination for renewable energy.

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

SECTION 1. Pilot project office to improve Federal permit coordination for renewable energy.

(a) In general.—Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15924) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (k); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (i) the following:

“(j) Pilot project office To improve Federal permit coordination for renewable energy.—

“(1) DEFINITION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY.—In this subsection, the term ‘renewable energy’ means energy derived from a wind, solar, renewable biomass, ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), geothermal, or hydroelectric source.

“(2) FIELD AND DISTRICT OFFICES.—As part of the Pilot Project, the Secretary shall designate 1 field or district office of the Bureau of Land Management in each of the following States to serve as Renewable Energy Pilot Project Offices for coordination of Federal permits for renewable energy projects and transmission lines to integrate renewable energy:

“(A) Arizona.

“(B) California.

“(C) New Mexico.

“(D) Nevada.

“(E) Montana.

“(F) Wyoming.

“(3) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, the Secretary shall enter into an amended memorandum of understanding under subsection (b) to provide for the inclusion of the additional Renewable Energy Pilot Project Offices in the Pilot Project.

“(B) SECRETARY OF ENERGY.—The Secretary of Energy shall be a signatory of the amended memorandum of understanding.

“(C) SIGNATURES BY GOVERNORS.—The Secretary may request that the Governors of each of the States described in paragraph (2) be signatories to the amended memorandum of understanding.

“(4) DESIGNATION OF QUALIFIED STAFF.—Not later than 30 days after the date of the signing of the amended memorandum of understanding, all Federal signatory parties shall, if appropriate, assign to each Renewable Energy Pilot Project Offices designated under paragraph (2) an employee described in subsection (c) to carry out duties described in that subsection.

“(5) ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL.—The Secretary shall assign to each Renewable Energy Pilot Project Office additional personnel under subsection (f).”.

(b) Permit processing improvement fund.—Section 35(c)(3) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191(c)(3)) is amended—

(1) by striking “use authorizations” and inserting “and renewable energy use authorizations”; and

(2) by striking “section 365(d)” and inserting “subsections (d) and (j)(2) of section 365”.