September 18, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 134 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
ADDRESSING THE ENERGY NEEDS OF U.S. INSULAR AREAS; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 134
(Senate - September 18, 2014)
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[Pages S5861-S5862] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ADDRESSING THE ENERGY NEEDS OF U.S. INSULAR AREAS Mr. PRYOR. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of H.R. 83, which was received from the House and is at the desk. The clerk will report the bill by title. The legislative clerk read as follows: A bill (H.R. 83) to require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to affordable, reliable energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes. There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill. Mr. PRYOR. I ask unanimous consent that a Murkowski substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to; the bill, as amended, be read a third time and passed; and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The amendment (No. 3928) in the nature of a substitute was agreed to as follows: amendment no. 3928 (Purpose: In the nature of a substitute) Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following: SECTION 1. STUDY OF ELECTRIC RATES IN THE INSULAR AREAS. (a) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Comprehensive energy plan.--The term ``comprehensive energy plan'' means a comprehensive energy plan prepared and updated under subsections (c) and (e) of section 604 of the Act entitled ``An Act to authorize appropriations for certain insular areas of the United States, and for other purposes'', approved December 24, 1980 (48 U.S.C. 1492). (2) Energy action plan.--The term ``energy action plan'' means the plan required by subsection (d). (3) Freely associated states.--The term ``Freely Associated States'' means the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. (4) Insular areas.--The term ``insular areas'' means American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) Team.--The term ``team'' means the team established by the Secretary under subsection (b). (b) Establishment.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, [[Page S5862]] the Secretary shall, within the Empowering Insular Communities activity, establish a team of technical, policy, and financial experts-- (1) to develop an energy action plan addressing the energy needs of each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States; and (2) to assist each of the insular areas and Freely Associated States in implementing such plan. (c) Participation of Regional Utility Organizations.--In establishing the team, the Secretary shall consider including regional utility organizations. (d) Energy Action Plan.--In accordance with subsection (b), the energy action plan shall include-- (1) recommendations, based on the comprehensive energy plan where applicable, to-- (A) reduce reliance and expenditures on fuel shipped to the insular areas and Freely Associated States from ports outside the United States; (B) develop and utilize domestic fuel energy sources; and (C) improve performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency; (2) a schedule for implementation of such recommendations and identification and prioritization of specific projects; (3) a financial and engineering plan for implementing and sustaining projects; and (4) benchmarks for measuring progress toward implementation. (e) Reports to Secretary.--Not later than 1 year after the date on which the Secretary establishes the team and annually thereafter, the team shall submit to the Secretary a report detailing progress made in fulfilling its charge and in implementing the energy action plan. (f) Annual Reports to Congress.--Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary receives a report submitted by the team under subsection (e), the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a summary of the report of the team. (g) Approval of Secretary Required.--The energy action plan shall not be implemented until the Secretary approves the energy action plan. SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSOLIDATED NATURAL RESOURCES ACT. Section 6 of Public Law 94-241 (90 Stat. 263; 122 Stat. 854) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)(2), by striking ``December 31, 2014, except as provided in subsections (b) and (d)'' and inserting ``December 31, 2019''; and (2) in subsection (d)-- (A) in the third sentence of paragraph (2), by striking ``not to extend beyond December 31, 2014, unless extended pursuant to paragraph 5 of this subsection'' and inserting `` `ending on December 31, 2019' ''; (B) by striking paragraph (5); and (C) by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (5). The amendment was ordered to be engrossed and the bill to be read a third time. The bill (H.R. 83), as amended, was read the third time and passed. ____________________