Text: H.R.2197 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/27/2017)

1st Session
H. R. 2197

To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program.


April 27, 2017

Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Mr. Engel, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Hanabusa, Mr. Keating, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Norton, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Peters, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Raskin, Miss Rice of New York, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Rush, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Welch, and Mr. McGovern) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program.

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

SECTION 1. Energy efficiency materials pilot program.

(a) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) APPLICANT.—The term “applicant” means a nonprofit organization that applies for a grant under this section.


(A) IN GENERAL.—The term “energy-efficiency material” means a material (including a product, equipment, or system) the installation of which results in a reduction in use by a nonprofit organization of energy or fuel.

(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term “energy-efficiency material” includes—

(i) a roof or lighting system or component of the system;

(ii) a window;

(iii) a door, including a security door;

(iv) a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system or component of the system (including insulation and wiring and plumbing improvements needed to serve a more efficient system); and

(v) a renewable energy generation or heating system, including a solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, or biomass (including wood pellet) system or component of the system.


(A) IN GENERAL.—The term “nonprofit building” means a building operated and owned by an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term “nonprofit building” includes a building described in subparagraph (A) that is—

(i) a hospital;

(ii) a youth center;

(iii) a school;

(iv) a social-welfare program facility;

(v) a faith-based organization; or

(vi) any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.

(4) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Energy.

(b) Establishment.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a pilot program to award grants for the purpose of providing nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency materials.

(c) Grants.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may award grants under the program established under subsection (b).

(2) APPLICATION.—The Secretary may award a grant under paragraph (1) if an applicant submits to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may prescribe.

(3) CRITERIA FOR GRANT.—In determining whether to award a grant under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall apply performance-based criteria, which shall give priority to applicants based on—

(A) the energy savings achieved;

(B) the cost-effectiveness of the use of energy-efficiency materials;

(C) an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and

(D) the financial need of the applicant.

(4) LIMITATION ON INDIVIDUAL GRANT AMOUNT.—Each grant awarded under this section shall not exceed $200,000.

(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022, to remain available until expended.

(e) Offset.—Section 422(f) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17082(f)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in paragraph (4), by striking “2018.” and inserting “2017; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2018.”.