Text: H.R.3829 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/26/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3829


To establish a program to provide grants to States, local governments, and electric utilities to make electric infrastructure more resilient to hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major weather-related events.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2017

Mr. Soto (for himself and Mr. Curbelo of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To establish a program to provide grants to States, local governments, and electric utilities to make electric infrastructure more resilient to hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major weather-related events.

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 Uniform Federal Grants for Resilient Infrastructure and Design Act of 2017” or “TUFGRID Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Grant program.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Energy shall establish and carry out a program to provide grants to States, local governments, and electric utilities to make electric infrastructure more resilient to hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major weather-related events.

(b) Use of grants.—Grants provided pursuant to the program established under subsection (a) may be used to—

(1) relocate electric distribution power lines and facilities from above ground to underground;

(2) replace wooden electric distribution poles with metal, composite, or concrete electric distribution poles; or

(3) any other use the Secretary considers appropriate to make electric infrastructure more resilient to hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major weather-related events.

(c) Priority.—In providing grants under the program established under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority to States, local governments, and electric utilities that serve areas that are, as determined by the Secretary, historically prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or other major weather-related events.

(d) Federal share.—The Federal share of the costs of a project or activity carried out using a grant provided under the program established under subsection (a) may not exceed 50 percent.