Summary: H.R.7420 — 96th Congress (1979-1980)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.7420. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/21/1980)

District Heating Act of 1980 - Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to make grants upon the application of a qualified municipality (a self-governing town or city of population 100,000 or less which meets the Federal assistance requirements prescribed by the Secretary) to fund: (1) feasibility studies on district heating (the provision through pipelines of residential, commercial, and industrial water and space heating, and process steam from electric powerplants or other thermal sources) in such municipality; and (2) engineering and design studies for district heating in such municipality.

Authorizes the Secretary upon application by a qualified municipality to make guaranteed interest loans to such municipality to cover the costs establishing a district heating system. Requires that each loan application contain plans, specifications, and estimates for the proposed heating system. Sets forth the criteria for approval of loan applications by the Secretary. States that loan application approval by the Secretary shall be deemed a contractual obligation of the United States to grant the loan for the district heating system.

Conditions Federal assistance for district heating systems on the disclosure of complete information on any such system to the Secretary.

Directs the Secretary to make grants to States for studies by the States and local government entities on organization problems related to the establishment of district heating systems.