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Washington, September 24, 2020 | comments
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Amendments to H.R. 4447:

Stevens (D-MI) En Bloc #1
Axne (D-IA), Bustos (D-IL) - Amendment No. 1 - Adds biofuels facilities as eligible for funding under the Carbon Capture Program

Castor (D-FL) - Amendment No. 14 - Adds emissions reduction and climate change mitigation to DOE's R&D mission

Castor (D-FL) - Amendment No. 15 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to engage the National Academies for a study to identify barriers to equitable distribution of the benefits of clean energy to frontline communities

Cox (D-CA) - Amendment No. 18 - Adds agricultural applications, such as solar powered smart agricultural monitoring and irrigation systems, as an eligible solar energy research subject area
Doggett (D-TX), Raskin (D-MD), Cisneros (D-CA), Beyer (D-VA), Huffman (D-CA), Porter (D-CA), Pocan (D-WI), Barragán (D-CA), Casten (D-IL) - Amendment No. 23 - Direct the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study to evaluate the efficacy of carbon capture technology and to identify industries where energy efficiency is most enhanced by the addition of carbon capture technology

Escobar (D-TX) - Amendment No. 24 - Requires the Department of Energy to give special consideration to minority-serving institutions, or a multi-institutional consortium which includes a minority serving institution, when awarding grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements for solar energy research and development programs

Garamendi (D-CA), Lowenthal (D-CA) - Amendment No. 26 - Clarifies that offshore wind projects on the Outer Continental Shelf are indeed subject to jurisdiction of the U.S. Constitution and applicable federal laws, as offshore oil/gas rigs are currently. House passed this language by voice vote in 112th Congress (see H.R. 2360).

Graves, Garret (R-LA) - Amendment No. 29 - Requires actions under emissions reduction road map to be cost-competitive in developing countries as well.

Lamb (D-PA), Trahan (D-MA) - Amendment No. 39 - Authorizes fusion research program.

Lamb (D-PA) - Amendment No. 40 - Authorizes milestone-based nuclear demonstration projects.

Lamb (D-PA) - Amendment No. 41 - Authorizes produced water research, development, and demonstration program.

Larsen, Rick (D-WA) - Amendment No. 42 - Directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to catalog climate change mitigation efforts in U.S. aviation and aerospace, identify barriers to adoption and serve as a roadmap for U.S. aviation to meet emission reduction goals.

Lipinski (D-IL) - Amendment No. 47 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to carry out a research program on effects of exposure to low-dose radiation

Lowenthal (D-CA) - Amendment No. 49 - Requires the Department of Interior to create an online database to annually report the type of energy and emissions produced on federal public lands

Lucas (R-OK) - Amendment No. 50 - Expresses the sense of Congress that in order to reduce emissions and meet 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, or zero emission energy sources while maintaining U.S. leadership in science and technology, the Secretary of Energy must prioritize funding for fundamental research, and research and development infrastructure.

MucarselPowell (D-FL) - Amendment No. 54 - Directs the Secretary to support research and development of underground transmission and distribution lines to lower costs and improve reliability and safety.

Perlmutter (CO) - Amendment No. 64 - Modifies the definition of energy storage to broaden its scope.

Pingree (D-ME) - Amendment No. 69 - Includes research and development that reduces impacts on existing ocean uses and increases coordination between offshore wind and existing users, including the commercial fishing industry, as purposes of the Department of Energy’s wind energy research and development grant program.

Quigley (D-IL) - Amendment No. 72 - Directs GSA to incorporate, to the extent practicable, features, practices, and strategies to reduce bird fatality resulting from collisions with public buildings

Schweikert (R-AZ) - Amendment No. 77 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the benefits of blue hydrogen technology and how that can further enhance the deployment and adoption of carbon capture and storage.

Scott, Bobby (D-VA), Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL) - Amendment No. 78 - Supports the use of modeling and simulation tools to more efficiently design, site, permit, manufacture, construct, operate, maintain, and decommission wind energy systems.

Scott, Bobby (D-VA) - Amendment No. 79 - Supports research on the recovery of critical materials used in wind energy systems.

Sherrill (D-NJ) - Amendment No. 80 - Provides explicit direction for DOE to conduct RD&D on ways to reduce siting and permitting issues associated with potential impacts of wind power systems on air traffic control, air defense, and weather radar systems

Stevens (D-MI), Dingell (D-MI) - Amendment No. 81 - Directs the Secretary to establish a program of research, development, and demonstration activities on more efficient and sustainable materials, technologies, and processes for the manufacture, development, and use of the passenger and commercial vehicles.

DeGette (D-CO) - Amendment No. 94 - Updates the methane waste prevention rules of the Bureau of Land Management.

Lujan (D-NM), Wilson, Joe (R-SC), Casten (D-IL), Torres Small, Xochitl (D-NM) - Amendment No. 98 - Creates a congressionally authorized Department of Energy foundation to support the Department’s energy missions and to increase collaboration to accelerate the commercialization of energy technologies. - ADOPTED 235 - 172, ROLL CALL 202
Republican YEA – 5; NAY – 170
Democrat YEA – 230; NAY – 1
Independent YEA - 0, NAY - 1


DeGette (D-CO) En Bloc #2
Barragán (D-CA), Beyer (D-VA), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Raskin (D-MD), Velázquez (D-NY), Bonamici (D-OR), Huffman (D-CA), Lowenthal (D-CA), Clarke, Yvette (D-NY), Khanna (D-CA), Hastings (D-FL), Kennedy (D-MA) - Amendment No. 2 - Establishes a $1 billion dollar a year Climate Smart Ports program at EPA to provide grants for ports and port users to invest in zero emissions technology for cargo handling equipment, drayage trucks, and harbor craft. The program also supports the development of shore power and clean energy microgrids at ports.

Barragán (D-CA) - Amendment No. 3 - Increases the authorized appropriation by $40,000,000 for FY 2021-2030 for the EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program, and Community Action for a Renewed Environment grant programs I and II

Barragán (D-CA) - Amendment No. 4 - Increases authorized appropriation levels by $100,000,000 for the Weatherization Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2021- 2025

Barragán (D-CA) - Amendment No. 5 - Establishes a climate justice grants program, administered by EPA, to provide local government and community non-profit grants to environmental justice communities for climate mitigation and climate adaptation projects. The authorized appropriation is $1 billion a year for FY 2021-2025

Barragán (D-CA), Cárdenas (D-CA), McEachin (D-VA) - Amendment No. 6 - Increases the authorized appropriation by $50 million a year for FY 2021-2025 for the low-income solar grant program in Subtitle D

Rochester (D-DE) - Amendment No. 7 - Funds clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades to critical infrastructure, like schools and hospitals

Brown (D-MD) - Amendment No. 8 - Prohibits the use of certain hazardous substances linked to respiratory sensitization and asthma in thermal insulating materials for low income housing weatherization

Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 9 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to certify that this legislation will not reduce the United States' energy security or energy independence

Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 10 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to certify that this legislation will not increase electric rates or gasoline prices

Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 11 - Requires the Secretary of Interior to report to Congress on the use of forced labor practices to extract critical minerals from foreign sources for export to the United States

Clarke, Yvette (D-NY) - Amendment No. 16 - Establishes a pilot program within the Environmental Protection Agency to award funds in the form of grants, rebates and lowcost revolving loans to projects that either (1) replace an existing diesel-powered transport refrigeration unit in a heavy-duty vehicle with an electric unit; or (2) purchase and install shore power infrastructure or related equipment that enables electric transport refrigeration units to operate on grid electricity at places where refrigerated heavy-duty vehicles congregate, such as distribution centers

Cleaver (D-MO), McKinley (R-WV) - Amendment No. 17 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program for tree planting to reduce residential energy consumption. The Secretary should award sufficient grants each year to plant not less than 300,000 trees a year until 2025

DeGette (D-CO), Perlmutter (D-CO) - Amendment No. 19 - Requires EPA to identify 100 environmental justice communities overburdened by pollution violations and implement strategies for ending the violations

Delgado (D-NY) - Amendment No. 20 - Requires the Department of Labor and the Department of Energy to project the current and future workforce needs and shortages within the clean energy technology industry

DeSaulnier (D-CA) - Amendment No. 21 - Establishes a Department of Energy, in coordination with the Department of Labor, grant program for local communities to develop transition plans for their fossil fuel workforce to more sustainable jobs or sectors

Dingell (D-MI), Walberg (D-MI) - Amendment No. 22 - Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify and make technical changes to the definition of water heater under energy conservation standards

Finkenauer (D-IA) - Amendment 25 - Provides labor standards for clean energy projects being funded in whole or in part by provisions of this bill.

Golden (D-ME) - Amendment No. 27 - Incorporates biomass systems into the Distributed Renewable Energy section of the bill, as well as the energy workforce development and grant program sections.

Haaland (D-NM), Gallego (D-AZ) - Amendment No. 31 - Ensures that the HA-LEU program created in the bill will not negatively impact the natural or cultural resources of Tribal communities or Native Nations or degrade ground or surface water quality as a result of uranium mining.

Hayes (D-CT), Cárdenas (D-CA) - Amendment No. 35 - Amends Section 6201, the Reauthorization of the Clean School Bus Program. Reserves $100 million of $130 million per fiscal year between 2021-2025 for awards to eligible recipients proposing to replace school buses with zero-emission school buses.

Hayes (D-CT), Trahan (D-MA) - Amendment No. 36 - Ensures nothing in this bill would affect the safety and well being of children in carrying out the projects, programs, and other applicable items in this Act or affect the enforcement of child labor and forced labor laws.

Huffman (D-CA) - Amendment No. 37 - Ensures that harmed Indian Tribes have an opportunity to address the Klamath Hydroelectric Project's historic and ongoing damages to tribal and fishery resources, and that any annual license includes comprehensive studies of the facility's impacts.

Kuster (D-NH) - Amendment No. 38 - Doubles funding to $40,000,000 for the Energy Workforce Development program, which will help schools and workforce programs train the next generation of energy workers.
Lee, Susie (D-NV), Tonko (D-NY) - Amendment No. 43 - Amends subtitle C of Title II to facilitate a streamlined process for the local permitting of distributed energy systems.

Levin, Andy (D-MI), OcasioCortez (D-NY) - Amendment No. 44 - Amends various programs under subtitle E – EV Infrastructure by expanding on the definition of “underserved or disadvantaged community” used under this subtitle; ensuring EV supply equipment listed as eligible for the rebate program is ADA compliant; requiring identification of nearby existing publicly available EV supply equipment in the EV infrastructure rebate program application; requiring the Secretary of Energy in developing standards for an electric vehicle charging network to provide considerations for addressing range anxiety and the need for a nationwide network of EV charging infrastructure; and ensuring State Energy Transportation Plans include considerations for statewide networks of EV charging infrastructure and modernization to electric grids to be powered by renewable energy sources.

Levin, Andy (D-MI) - Amendment No. 45 - Directs the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, and acting through the Bureau of Labor statistics to collect and analyze labor market data to track workforce trends resulting from renewable energy and energy efficiency technology initiatives. Authorizes appropriations of $10,000,000 for each fiscal years 2021 through 2025 to carry out this section

Loebsack (D-IA), Velázquez (D-NY) - Amendment No. 48 - Establishes a grant program within DOE for the purpose of making energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements at public school facilities.

Lujan (D-NM), Castor (D-FL) - Amendment No. 52 - Supports the growth of local solar energy by making community solar more accessible to all consumers and ratepayers, including lower-income consumers, by requiring states to consider enacting policies to allow community solar projects.

Norcross (D-NJ), McKinley (R-WV) - Amendment No. 55 - Creates a rebate program for energy efficient electrotechnologies upgrades.

Norcross (D-NJ) - Amendment No. 56 - Allows grant funds for Building efficiency and resiliency to be used to make an addition or alteration to, or to install, replace, or provide maintenance to, an air filtration and purification system of an HVAC system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All laborers and mechanics employed in the process of the project must be paid prevailing wages.

O'Halleran (D-AZ) - Amendment No. 58 - Reauthorizes and increases funding for Section 609 "Rural and Remote Communities Electrification Grants" under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) to assist the economic transition of rural and distressed communities impacted by the downturn of coal-fired power generation. Grants available under this section may be used to increase energy efficiency, upgrade transmission or distribution lines, or modernize electric generation facilities in rural and distressed communities, with an emphasis on renewable energy.

O'Halleran (D-AZ) - Amendment No. 59 - Directs the Department of Energy to establish a "Coal Community Resource Clearinghouse" for the purpose of increasing awareness of Federal and State programs, grants, loans, and technical assistance resources DOE determines could assist economic development and transition activities in communities impacted by the downturn of coal-fired power generation.

Omar (D-MN) - Amendment No. 60 - Requires the Administrator to establish and carry out a program to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities for projects that are consistent with zero-waste practices.

Omar (D-MN) - Amendment No. 61 - States that the Secretary of the Treasury, shall submit to Congress a report that contains— (1) an identification of any existing fossil fuel production subsidies not eliminated by this Act, or the amendments made by this Act; and (2) a quantification of the economic costs of such subsidies.

Peters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 65 - Establishes an interagency task force to create an action plan to reduce super pollutants based on policy recommendations provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, U.S. Climate Alliance, and other relevant agencies.

Peters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 66 - Directs EPA, DOE and other relevant agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce black carbon emissions from the international shipping industry through its membership in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), including binding limits on black carbon as part of the Polar Code.

Peters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 67 - Requires the DOE to release the Interconnections Seams Study, which may support efforts to increase renewable energy transmission, and has reportedly been held and/or altered for political reasons.

Plaskett (D-VI), Lieu (D-CA), San Nicolas (D-GU) - Amendment No. 70 - Establishes a Department of Energy grant program for investments in renewable energy systems, energy efficiency activities, energy storage, smart grids, or microgrids in territories of the United States, as well as for training local residents. Grants would be awarded to nonprofit organizations and the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories may provide technical assistance.

Pocan (D-WI) - Amendment No. 71 - Reauthorizes the EPA State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) Program.

Quigley (D-IL) - Amendment No. 73 - Establishes an Advanced Energy Technology Research Initiative at FERC to reform power system modeling and update grid services and grid operator software, and authorizes studies on advanced energy and electric grid efficiency.

Rouda (D-CA) - Amendment No. 74 - Suspends preemption for federal appliance and equipment efficiency standards when DOE misses deadlines to update such standards.

Rush (D-IL) - Amendment No. 75 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy jobs council. The council shall conduct a survey of energy employers and produce annually an energy and employment report.

Thompson, Mike (D-CA), Horsford (D-NV), Horn (D-OK) - Amendment No. 83 - Clarifies that energy use avoided through the use of geothermal pump technology is considered renewable energy produced for the purposes of this bill.

Tlaib (D-MI) - Amendment No. 84 - Requires the EPA to conduct a study to evaluate the disparate health impacts of emissions from fossil fuel facilities on minority and low and moderate income communities. Requires EPA to report to congress a summary of the study conducted.

Tonko (D-NY) - Amendment No. 85 - Requires the EPA Administrator to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to assess methods for life cycle greenhouse gas emissions analyses for low-carbon transportation fuels.

Waters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 86 - Requires the Secretary of Transportation’s report on electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure in underserved communities to identify the potential for, and obstacles to, recruiting and entering into contracts with locally-owned small and disadvantaged businesses, including women and minority-owned businesses, to deploy EV charging infrastructure in these communities.

Waters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 87 - Encourages institutions of higher education that receive grants for the construction of training and assessment centers to identify and consider qualified diverse candidates during the procurement process.

Waters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 88 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to evaluate, on state applications for “State Leadership Grants,” which support the implementation of smart manufacturing technology, whether proposed projects will benefit diverse communities.

Waters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 89 - Expands the Home Energy Savings Retrofit Rebate Program to include multifamily housing.

Wild (D-PA), Jeffries (D-NY) - Amendment No. 90 - Requires the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, to establish a program to provide competitive grants to eligible entities to pay for pre-apprenticeship training for individuals or on-the-job training of a new or existing employee.

Blumenauer (D-OR) - Amendment No. 93 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to file a report to the committees of jurisdiction documenting funds spent under the Light Water Reactor Sustainability program, and creates an advisory committee to submit an annual report to the relevant committees outlining the progress of the this program

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) - Amendment No. 95 - Requires the public awareness campaign to include projected environmental impact, and information on how to find more information on the grant.

Clark, Katherine (D-MA) - Amendment No. 96 - Creates a task force led by the Secretary of Energy, which would be tasked with creating a report identifying tools that the Federal Government can use to advance the deployment of carbon dioxide removal projects.

Blunt Rochester (D-DE) - Amendment No. 97 - Creates a competitive grant program at EPA to incentivize ports to create and implement climate action plans. - ADOPTED BY VOICE


En Bloc #3
Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 12 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on the effect of variable and distributed energy resources on the reliability of the electric grid, specifically pertaining to natural disasters and physical or cyber attacks on the grid infrastructure

Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 13 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on the potential duplication of research efforts in the Department of Energy’s applied energy programs, evaluate the opportunity costs associated with such efforts, and examine the impact of combining duplicated projects. Also requires recommendations on streamlining research grant process

Graves, Garret (R-LA) - Amendment No. 28 - Requires the Secretary of Energy to identify the ability to source necessary critical minerals necessary for solar energy production.

Graves, Garret (R-LA) - Amendment No. 30 - Requires a report on the increase or decrease in net imports of critical minerals as a result of actions taken in section 5302.

Lucas (R-OK) - Amendment No. 51 - Expresses the sense of Congress that in order to reduce emissions and meet 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, or zero emission energy sources while maintaining U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, the U.S. must prioritize investment in domestic energy sources and supply chains, as well as investment in the research and development of exportable next-generation energy technologies.

Wilson, Joe (R-SC) - Amendment No. 91 - Evaluates potential demonstration sites across the Department of Energy complex under Advanced Nuclear Reactor Research, Development, Demonstration, and Commercial Application Program. - REJECTED BY VOICE


Haaland (D-NM), Tlaib (D-MI), OcasioCortez (D-NY) - Amendment No 32 - Increases authorizations for renewable energy R&D accounts by 50% and adds an authorization for total funding for research, development, demonstration and commercialization activities for EERE - ADOPTED 235 - 173, ROLL CALL 203
Republican YEA – 4; NAY – 172
Democrat YEA – 231; NAY – 0
Independent YEA - 0, NAY - 1

Levin (D-CA) En Bloc #4

Harder (D-CA) - Amendment No. 33 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to generate a map that maps wildfire risk around utilities to allow for better planning for grid hardening, vegetation management, and emergency access points, among other things.

Harder (D-CA) -Amendment No. 34 - Requires the Centers of Excellence to consider the public health effects of wildfire smoke on outdoor workers, strengthens research and outreach, requires collaboration between centers and grantees, and sets a standard for determining Centers.

Levin, Mike (D-CA), Bonamici (D-OR), Neguse (D-CO) - Amendment No. 46 - Establishes a program to improve wildfire smoke emissions modeling and to develop smoke forecasts. Directs the Environmental Protection Agency to collect data and coordinate research on the impacts of acute air pollution exposure from wildfires

McNerney (D-CA), Bonamici (D-OR) - Amendment No. 53 - Directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to collect data following wildfires in the wildland urban interface related to the influence of building materials on structural fires and how wind, terrain, and moisture affect wildland fires. NIST would also be required to conduct research on and develop metrics for economic outcomes associated with wildland-urban interface fire mitigation

Panetta (D-CA), LaMalfa (D-CA), Costa (D-CA), Garamendi (D-CA), Harder (D-CA), Carbajal (D-CA) - Amendment No. 62 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a critical infrastructure and microgrid research program

Panetta (D-CA), LaMalfa (D-CA), Costa (D-CA), Garamendi (D-CA), Carbajal (D-CA) - Amendment No. 63 - Expands financial assistance for weatherization enhancement and innovation to cover the use of materials that are resistant to high heat and fire in dwellings occupied by low-income persons in areas at risk from drought and wildfires.

Pingree (D-ME), Spanberger (D-VA) - Amendment No. 68 - Includes agricultural and grazing practices and forest management and afforestation as priorities in the Department of Energy’s carbon removal program

Schrader (D-OR) - Amendment No. 76 - Establishes the Home Wildfire Risk Reduction Rebate program, to provide rebates to homeowners to defray the costs of retrofitting an existing home to be wild fire resistant.

Thompson, Mike (D-CA), Huffman (D-CA), Garamendi (D-CA), Panetta (D-CA) - Amendment No. 82 - Establishes a reliability standard, within the Federal Power Act, regarding extreme weather events. Directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a program and publish a report for states and local utilities on ways to improve the resiliency of their electrical grids

Bera (D-CA) - Amendment No. 92 - Directs the Secretary of Energy to support R&D on tools and technologies for improving electric grid and energy sector safety and resilience during concurrent or co-located severe weather events - ADOPTED 273 - 132, ROLL CALL 204
Republican YEA – 43; NAY – 131
Democrat YEA – 230; NAY – 0
Independent YEA - 0, NAY - 1

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4447 - REJECTED 193 - 214, ROLL CALL 205
Republican YEA – 175; NAY – 0
Democrat YEA – 18; NAY – 213
Independent YEA - 0, NAY - 1


Passage of H.R. 4447 - Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act - PASSED 220 - 185, ROLL CALL 206
Republican YEA – 7; NAY – 166
Democrat YEA – 213; NAY – 18
Independent YEA - 0, NAY - 1
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