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Senate Energy Bill to be Introduced by Majority Leader

Senate Energy Bill to be Introduced by Majority Leader

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is introducing his version of an energy bill entitled the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010. This bill will not contain any cap and trade language but will be focused on oil spill liability and clean energy incentives.

Senator Reid will propose incentives for natural gas vehicles as follows:
Please note: the list below is included in draft language obtained by the NTEA prior to introduction and cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
·         $10,000 for each qualified alternative fuel vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds
·         $16,000 for each qualified alternative fuel vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 but not more than 14,000 pounds
·         $40,000 for each qualified alternative fuel vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 but not more than 26,000 pounds
·         $64,000 for each qualified alternative fuel vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds
·         7,500 per vehicle to a qualified owner who places a qualified alternative fuel vehicle that is a light-duty mixed-fuel vehicle into service by 2013. The maximum value of a rebate under this section provided to a qualified owner of a vehicle shall be 50 percent of the amount provided for rebates under this section for vehicles that are only capable of operating on natural gas.
The bill also promotes electric vehicle by establishing a program in the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a national plan for supporting the deployment of electric drive vehicles. In addition, the bill would provide technical assistance to aid communities to get nationwide deployment of electric drive vehicles. Other action items include:
·         Requiring the Secretary of Energy to provide technical assistance to State, local and tribal governments to assist with the national deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles. The technical assistance to be provided will include:
o    Training codes and standards for building and safety inspectors
o    Ideas on how to expedite permits and inspections
o    Education and outreach on the various types of plug-in electric drive vehicles and the associated technology

·         Providing grants for programs in designing plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and associated components and infrastructure

·         Directing the federal government to count electricity used to refuel a plug-in electric drive motor vehicle as an alternative fuel.  Also, requiring the Federal Energy Management Program and the General Services Administration to compile a report on how many plug-in electric drive vehicles could be deployed in federal fleets based on needed functionality and costs. Federal agencies are to request funding for these vehicles in their annual budget requests           

·         Directing the Administrator of the General Services Administration to acquire and deploy plug-in electric drive vehicles to be used in a pilot program in federal fleets and authorizes funds to cover incremental costs.
The bill also establishes research and development program in the DOE to work on all aspects of the development, production, and deployment of electric vehicles, as well as a program to assess possible uses for vehicle batteries at the end of their useful life in a vehicle. Lastly, grants would be provided for selected demonstration projects and the Secretary of Energy would be directed to carry out a study on recycling materials from electric vehicles and batteries.

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2010