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HR 776 - Energy Policy Reform - National Key Vote

Terry Bruce Co-Sponsored (Introduced) this Legislation.

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Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (363-60) -

Title: Energy Policy Reform

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that amends U.S. energy policy with emphasis on the development and use of alternative fuels and energy-efficient technologies.

- Requires the Secretary of Energy to establish new federal building energy efficiency standards within two years that include energy saving and renewable energy specifications [sec. 101 (305) (a)]. - Requires all federal agencies to install energy and water conservation measures with payback periods of less than 10 years in federal buildings by January 1, 2005, unless the Secretary of Energy determines that such measures would pose an unacceptable burden on the agency [sec. 152 (b)]. - Requires the Secretary of Energy to review each State's residential and commercial building code within two years to determine if it is appropriate to revise those codes in order to achieve greater energy efficiency. If the Secretary determines that revisions are appropriate, the State must decide whether to adopt the changes, and if so, the Secretary will provide incentive funding and technical assistance to implement implement those changes [sec. 101 (304)]. - Requires the Secretary of Energy to provide matching grants within 18 months to establish regional building energy efficiency centers, which will provide information and training to building professionals, provide demonstrations of energy efficiency methods and technologies, disseminate region-specific energy efficiency information, and conduct other outreach programs [sec. 103 (b-c)]. - Requires the Secretary of Energy to provide grants to industry associations to support voluntary energy efficiency programs, and establishes an award program to recognize industries that have significantly improved their energy efficiency (Sec. 131). - Requires the Secretary of Energy to provide grants to States to promote energy-efficient technologies, establish training programs in assessing the energy efficiency of the production process, and develop and evaluate energy efficiency programs and technologies in certain manufacturing industries, including the food, lumber, petroleum, and coal industries [sec. 132 (a-b)]. - Appropriates $25 million for each fiscal year from 1993 through 1995 to establish a low-interest loan program to assist small businesses that own or operate fleets in transitioning to alternative fuel vehicles (Sec. 414). - Appropriates $30 million for each fiscal year from 1994 through 1997 to establish a low-interest loan program to promote energy resource development among Indian tribes (Sec. 2603). - Establishes the following tax deductions for clean-fuel vehicles and refueling equipment [sec. 1913 (179A) (a-b)]:
    - Up to $5,000 for a truck or van weighing over 10,000 pounds but not more than 26,000 pounds; Up to $50,000 for a truck or van weighing over 26,000 pounds and for any bus with a seating capacity of at least 20 adults; Up to $2,000 for any other motor vehicle; and Up to $100,000 over the cost of the refueling equipment.
- Establishes a tax credit for the purchase of an electric vehicle equal to 10 percent of the vehicle's cost, not to exceed $4,000 [sec. 1913 (30) (a-b)]. - Establishes a renewable energy electricity production tax credit equal to 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour produced and sold [sec. 1914 (45) (a)]. - Excludes from income taxes certain employer-provided transportation benefits, including a transit pass, commuter highway vehicles for carpool purposes, and qualified parking for employees utilizing transit passes or commuter highway vehicles. This exclusion is capped at $60 per month, or $155 per month in the case of parking benefits (Sec. 1911). - Establishes an incentive payment program for qualified publicly-owned renewable energy facilities generating and selling electricity, with payments equal to 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour and adjusted for inflation (Sec. 1212). - Mandates that the rates charged by a State regulated electric utility be such that the utility is encouraged to invest in cost-effective, energy efficient methods of power generation, transmission, and distribution, so long as such actions do not provide that utility with an unfair competitive advantage over small businesses engaged in energy conservation and efficiency measures [sec. 111 (a-b)]. - Requires all federal agencies to install energy and water conservation measures with payback periods of less than 10 years in federal buildings by January 1, 2005, unless the Secretary of Energy determines that such measures would pose an unacceptable burden on the agency [sec. 152 (b)]. - Appropriates $50 million over 10 years for an electric vehicle demonstration program designed to accelerate the development and use of electric vehicles and to evaluate their performance (Secs. 611 & 616). - Requires the President to take actions to increase the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to one billion barrels, including, but not limited to, contracting for petroleum not owned by the United States, transferring oil from the Naval Petroleum Reserve, and employing maximum fill rate acquisition and transportation measures (Sec. 1402). - Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish public health and safety standards with respect to the deposit of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain to protect public exposure from the releases of radioactive material (Sec. 801). - Requires the Secretary of Energy to submit a report to Congress within two years on the economic, social, and environmental implications of climate change policies, including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Sec. 1601). - Appropriates $50 million in fiscal year 1994 to establish the Global Climate Change Response Fund to assist in global efforts to reduce and adapt to climate change. No funds may be deposited into the account until the United States ratifies the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Sec. 1609). - Prohibits the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from issuing licenses for new hydroelectric power projects within the boundaries of a National Park if the project would have an adverse impact on the land (Sec. 2402). - Authorizes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue combined construction and operating licenses for new nuclear power plants in order to settle safety issues prior to the start of construction (Sec. 2801). - Requires that at least 10 percent of the amounts authorized for contracts by Federal agencies under this Act be expended with small businesses owned by women or socially and economically disadvantaged people, historically Black colleges and universities, or colleges and universities in which more than 20 percent of the student population is Hispanic or Native American (Sec. 3021).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Energy Policy Reform


  • Philip R. Sharp (IN - D) (Out Of Office)


  • Bill Alexander (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Druie Douglas 'Doug' Barnard Jr. (GA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ben Garrido Blaz (GU - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Barbara Boxer (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Terry L. Bruce (IL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Richard 'Tom' Carper (DE - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John D. Dingell (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Eni FH Faleomavaega (AS - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Victor H. 'Vic' Fazio (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Floyd H. Flake (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • William David Ford (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jonas 'Martin' Frost III (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Sam Gejdenson (CT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Bart Gordon (TN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lee H. Hamilton (IN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • George J. Hochbrueckner (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank Horton (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William J. Hughes Sr. (NJ - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Ben Jones (GA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James 'Jim' Jontz (IN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald D. 'Jerry' Kleczka (WI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John J. LaFalce (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jill Lynette Long (IN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ronald K. Machtley (RI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward J. 'Ed' Markey (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael R. 'Mike' McNulty (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen L. 'Steve' Neal (NC - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Henry J. Nowak (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John W. Olver (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Don J. Pease (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Ramstad (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Francis 'Jack' Reed (RI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James H. Scheuer (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles E. 'Chuck' Schumer (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • José E. Serrano (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerry Sikorski (MN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • David E. Skaggs (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Slattery (KS - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerry E. Studds (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard N. 'Dick' Swett (NH - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Al Swift (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Edolphus 'Ed' Towns (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jolene Unsoeld (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ted Weiss (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles Wilson (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert E. 'Bob' Wise Jr. (WV - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Sidney R. Yates (IL - D) (Out Of Office)
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