Text: H.R.3120 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/05/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3120


To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Mr. Welch, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Neguse, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Rouda, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Norton, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Sires, and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency materials pilot program, and for other purposes.

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.

(2) ENERGY EFFICIENCY MATERIAL.—

(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 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.

(3) NONPROFIT BUILDING.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The term “nonprofit building” means a building operated and owned by a nonprofit organization.

(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 facility of a faith-based organization; or

(vi) any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.

(4) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.—The term “nonprofit organization” means 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.

(5) 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 to nonprofit organizations to purchase energy efficiency materials to install in nonprofit buildings.

(c) Grants.—

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

(2) CRITERIA FOR GRANT.—In determining whether to award a grant under the pilot program established under subsection (b), the Secretary shall apply performance-based criteria, which shall give priority to applicants based on—

(A) the energy savings expected to be achieved;

(B) the cost-effectiveness of the use of the energy efficiency materials that are proposed to be purchased;

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

(D) the financial need of the applicant.

(3) 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 2020 through 2024, to remain available until expended.