Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 8 - North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Dec 1, 2015 2:25 PM

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Barton (TX), Cuellar (TX), McCaul (TX), Flores (TX)


Repeals restrictions on the export of crude oil and includes provisions of HR 702 as passed by the House.

Beyer (VA), Tsongas (MA)


Removes language (previously in H.R. 2295) that makes it easier to put natural gas pipelines through national parks.

Beyer (VA)


LATE Strikes the repeal of Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act which establishes targets for reducing energy from fossil fuels in federal buildings.

Black (TN)


Ensures consistency in the enforcement of energy efficiency standards in manufactured housing while minimizing the regulatory burden on manufacturers.

Brooks, Susan (IN)


LATE Calls on the Department of Energy to review and update the data used for a 9 year old federal study on re-refined oil, and requires the development of a strategy to increase its collections and sustainability.

Burgess (TX)


Repeals the federally mandated Energy Conservation Standards created in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

Cárdenas , Tony (CA), Lee, Barbara (CA)


LATE Establishes grants to assist low income homeowners with solar installations and loan program to expand access to community solar facilities for low income residents.

Cartwright (PA), Dold (IL)


Establishes a pilot program at the U.S. Department of Energy to provide financial grants to non-profit organizations to finance energy efficiency projects.

Castor (FL)


Strengthens energy infrastructure resiliency and improves energy efficiency by incentivizing local renewable thermal (heating and cooling) energy and waste heat such as combined heat and power and by providing technical assistance to eligible entities to establish distributed energy systems.

Castor (FL)


Reduces barriers to distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar to allow consumers to connect their distributed energy resources to the grid for a reasonable price while also ensuring that grid owners and operators are properly compensated.

Castor (FL)


Allows community solar projects to be connected to their power distribution system and allows the electricity produced by the community solar facility to be credited directly to each of the consumers that owns a share of the system.

Conaway (TX)


LATE Ends the ban on crude oil exports.

Cramer, Kevin (ND)


Authorizes voluntary vegetation management within 150 feet of the exterior boundary of the right-of-way near structures. Prevents sale of vegetation and limits legal liability.

Delaney (MD), Gibson (NY)


Adds the following new Finding: Increasing investment in clean energy technology and energy efficiency has the opportunity to lower energy prices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, grow our economy, create jobs, improve national security, and ultimately increase the security of our allies.

DeSantis (FL), Walker (NC), Bridenstine (OK), Duncan (SC)


Repeals the Renewable Fuel Standard program.

DeSantis (FL), Walker (NC)


Requests a GAO study on the Renewable Fuel Standard program.

DeSaulnier (CA)


Requires a study by the Department of Labor to study the effectiveness of extending whistleblower protections to oil and gas industry workers on the outer Continental Shelf

DeSaulnier (CA), Lowey (NY), Garamendi (CA)


Requires the Department of Energy to study the maximum level of volatility that is consistent with the safest practicable shipment of crude oil.

DeSaulnier (CA)


Clarifies the definition of biomass renewable energy to include the eligibility of municipally derived biosolids for use in the production of renewal energy.

DeSaulnier (CA)


Extends whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry to promote safe working environments and energy security

Deutch (FL), Takai (HI)


Promotes the research, development, and demonstration of marine hydrokinetic energy technologies and improves the regulatory process for such programs.

Duffy (WI)


Requires the Secretary of Energy to collaborate with the Secretariat of Energy in Mexico and the Ministry of Natural Resources in Canada when developing guidelines to develop skill for an energy and manufacturing industry workforce.

Duffy (WI)


Increases from 2 to 3 the number of energy security forums required to be convened by the underlying bill and stipulates that such forum should focus on North America, Central America and the Caribbean region.

Duffy (WI), Pierluisi (PR)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Energy to submit a report to Congress examining whether the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which requires vessels transporting merchandise between two U.S. ports to be built and registered in the United States, affects (1) access in Puerto Rico to natural gas and other energy supplies produced in the U.S. mainland; and (2) the potential establishment of Puerto Rico as a transshipment hub for the distribution of U.S.-produced natural gas and other energy supplies to U.S. trading partners in the Western Hemisphere.

Duffy (WI), Castro (TX)


REVISED Exempts Mexico from the ban on exporting domestically produced crude oil and codifies the exemption currently in place for Canada.

Duffy (WI)


LATE Requires the EPA to satisfy regulatory planning and review requirements established by the Clinton and Obama Administrations.

Edwards (MD)


Prevents FERC from issuing a license to anyone who has been convicted of a criminal violation under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

Ellmers (NC), Pompeo (KS), DeGette (CO), Dent (PA)


Makes a technical fix to DOE's External Power Supply Rule.

Ellmers (NC), McNerney (CA)


Makes a statement of policy on grid modernization.

Flores (TX)


LATE Prohibits EPA from requiring a biofuel blending level greater than what the fuel market and infrastructure can accommodate (blendwall) and protects consumers in the event EPA misses a deadline by ensuring that the renewable fuel obligation remains below the blendwall.

Franks (AZ)


LATE REVISED Secures the most critical components of America's electrical infrastructure against the threat posed by a potentially catastrophic electromagnetic pulse.

Garamendi (CA), Hunter (CA)


LATE Includes bipartisan and widely-supported improvements to the Maritime Security Program as passed by the House in H.R. 702.

Garamendi (CA)


LATE Clarifies that “national security objectives” includes preservation of the United States tanker fleet, shipbuilding capacity, and a skilled mariner workforce in Sec. 3002, establishing U.S. energy security valuation methods.

Garamendi (CA)


LATE Sets the maximum volatility threshold for crude oil transported by rail at 8.5 psi until a national standard is established.

Garamendi (CA)


LATE REVISED Establishes a National Policy on Strategic Energy Asset Export Transportation requiring the use of U.S.-flag ships and U.S. mariners in the transportation of LNG exports, ensuring that a trained and credentialed merchant marine is available in times of war or peace.

Garamendi (CA)


LATE Includes energy transportation in the list of considerations for the Energy Security Valuation report in Sec. 3002.

Gosar (AZ), Bridenstine (OK), Yoho (FL)


Ensures timely review for legal challenges of energy projects on federal land and limits attorney fees in order to discourage frivolous lawsuits and foster energy production.

Grayson (FL)


Authorizes a fusion energy science research program within the Department of Energy.

Grayson (FL)


Directs the Director of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy to establish a Fusion Innovation Initiative.

Grayson (FL)


Authorizes for the first time the Energy Innovation Hubs Program within the Department of Energy.

Grayson (FL)


Authorizes for the first time the Energy Frontier Research Centers Program (EFRCs) within the Department of Energy.

Grayson (FL)


Establishes minimum privacy standards for “Smart Meters” and their use in the smart grid.

Green, Gene (TX)


Export of domestically produced oil are permitted unless the Secretary of Commerce determines such exports are inconsistent with the national interest

Green, Gene (TX)


Creates a permitting process through the Department of Energy, FERC, and Department of State for cross-border infrastructure projects.

Green, Gene (TX)


Requires the Department of State, FERC and Department of Energy to establish a Memorandum of Understanding on cross-border infrastructure permitting

Green, Gene (TX)


Requires the Department of State to establish a pre-file process for cross-border oil pipelines.

Grijalva (AZ)


Permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Grijalva (AZ)


Protects public forests by requiring utilities to develop plans for electricity transmission right-of-way maintenance, and protect taxpayers by removing a proposed corporate liability shield from the bill.

Huffman (CA)


Requires the Secretary of the Energy to complete a study on the net greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the enactment and implementation of this Act.

Huffman (CA)


Provides for the upgrade of the vehicle fleet of the United States Postal Service to improve mail delivery services to benefit customers and the environment, to increase savings by reducing maintenance or other costs, and to set benchmarks to maximize fuel economy and reduce emission for the Postal fleet with the goal of making the Postal Service a national leader in efficiency and technology innovation.

Huffman (CA)


Establishes state infrastructure banks for the purpose of making loans to repair school facilities and make energy efficiency improvements.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish an Office of Energy Employment and Training which shall oversee the hiring and training efforts of the Department of the Interior’s energy planning, permitting and regulatory agencies and bureaus.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Directs the Secretary of Energy, after consultation with relevant Federal agencies, to submit to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing a review of geothermal energy resources within and along the coastal areas of the United States and recommendations on how geothermal energy can contribute to North American energy security and support the energy needs of critical infrastructure. The report shall be submitted no later than 120 days after the date of enactment of the Act.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Directs the Secretary of Energy to submit to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on methods to increase electric grid resilience with respect to all threats, including cyber attacks, vandalism, terrorism, and severe weather, no later than 120 days after the date of enactment of the Act.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Directs that the purpose of the Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Pilot Program include awarding grants to entities that demonstrate advanced and innovative technology based solutions and projects that will promote opportunities for women, veterans and small businesses.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Directs the Secretaries of Energy and Commerce to jointly establish an energy enterprise competition to encourage youth to propose solutions to the energy challenges of the United States and to promote youth interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially as those fields relate to energy.

Jenkins, Evan (WV)


Requires the Department of Energy and Department of Commerce to conduct a study regarding the legal and regulatory barriers that delay, prohibit, or impede the export of natural energy resources.

Kennedy (MA)


Requires each entity that operates a capacity market to include cost in their reliability analysis.

Kildee (MI), Murphy, Patrick (FL)


LATE Amends the Internal Revenue Code to include tar sands in the definition of "crude oil" so that tar sands is no longer excluded from the excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Kildee (MI)


LATE Instructs the GAO to study ways to improve the National Response Center.

Kilmer (WA)


REVISED Clarifies that Sec. 1304 and Sec. 1305 will not affect any treaty-reserved rights, or other rights reserved under Federal law, of any federally-recognized Indian tribe.

King, Steve (IA)


LATE Requires any change in law that affects one energy industry to proportionately affect all energy industries.

Lummis (WY), Burgess (TX), Farenthold (TX), Smith, Adrian (NE), Cuellar (TX), Hinojosa (TX), Gosar (AZ), Buck (CO)


Requires the Secretary of Energy to submit a management plan for the federal stockpile of excess uranium subject to the rule-making process that ensures a fair return for the taxpayers and provides long term certainty and transparency for industry and the public.

Lynch (MA)


REVISED Provides that the Secretary of Transportation, through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, shall conduct a safety review of a pipeline route or segment of route approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, should the chief public safety officer of a state or tribal government deem it necessary.

McKinley (WV)


Directs the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with other relevant agencies and stakeholders, to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the United States.

McKinley (WV), Zinke (MT)


REVISED Ensures that no permit for the construction, operation, or maintenance of an export facility can be denied until all reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 are complete.

McKinley (WV), DeGette (CO)


Establishes a national bi-partisan commission on energy policy. The Commission shall be composed of 15 members appointed from among private United States citizens with appropriate and diverse experiences, expertise, and historical perspectives on energy policy, efficiency, resources, development, labor, government and corporate policies, and infrastructure.

Meng (NY), Royce (CA)


Strikes terms such as “Oriental” and “Negro” from two sections of title 42 of the U.S. Code, and replaces them with culturally appropriate terms.

Norcross (NJ)


Establishes, within the Department of Energy, a National Center for Excellence for the 21st Century Workforce, a nationwide advisory board for the development of a skilled energy workforce. This advisory board would develop and support job training programs and standards for career placement in both the traditional and clean energy sector.

Norcross (NJ)


Creates the Energy Workforce Pilot Grant program, to provide job training in the energy industry and help students obtain an industry recognized credential.

Norcross (NJ)


Directs the Secretary of Energy to study weaknesses in the security architecture of certain smart meters currently available, and promulgate regulations to mitigate those weaknesses.

Norcross (NJ)


Directs the Secretary of Energy to develop recommendations for the creation of an "Energy Tradesmen Corp", a volunteer corp of professional tradesmen who respond to critical energy infrastructure problems during disasters/states of emergency.

Norcross (NJ)


Allows the Secretary of Energy to address prospective grid security emergencies proactively.

Pallone (NJ)


Prohibits the Act from taking effect until after the Energy Information Administration analyzed and published a report on the carbon impacts of the Act's provisions.

Palmer (AL)


LATE Designates 20% of all annual federal oil and gas royalties from exports of crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be appropriated to the Highway Trust Fund. These funds may only be used for development and maintenance of roads or bridges.

Peters, Scott (CA)


Includes energy storage as a form of energy that DOE should consider to enhance emergency preparedness for energy supply disruptions during natural disasters

Peters, Scott (CA)


Requires the Secretary of Energy to report on energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction from conversion of captured methane to energy.

Peters, Scott (CA)


LATE Allows federal agencies to enter into ESPCs for the deployment of alternative vehicle fleets and infrastructure, and allows the federal government to participate in any existing or future utility incentive programs that support the use of alternative fueled vehicles, charging stations, or fueling stations that will lower the total cost of adopting more efficient alternative vehicles.

Pierluisi (PR), Duffy (WI)


REVISED Reassigns responsibility for the preparation of a previously-authorized energy action plan for Puerto Rico from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Energy.

Poliquin (ME)


Clarifies that electric plants can be considered reliable without having to enter into supply contacts that are greater than one year.

Polis (CO)


Requires the Secretary of Energy to develop a 15-year plan for the safe and efficient sale of all Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) stocks. All revenues will be put toward deficit reduction.

Polis (CO)


Requires the Secretary of Interior to notify landowners, and any adjacent landholders, when federally owned minerals beneath their land have been leased for oil and gas development.

Rouzer (NC), Smith, Jason (MO)


Repeals the March 2015 EPA final rule establishing federal standards for residential wood heaters.

Rush (IL)


Establishes a fund to enhance the energy security of the United States by increasing the resilience, reliability, safety, and security of energy supply, transmission, storage, or distribution infrastructure by creating a pipeline replacement program and a grid modernization program.

Rush (IL)


Establishs a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in order to increase the number of skilled minority, women, and veterans trained to work in energy and manufacturing-related fields.

Sarbanes (MD), Van Hollen (MD)


LATE Preserves State authority to issue water quality certifications under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Schakowsky (IL)


Strips Section 4125 from the bill. Section 4125 eliminates an existing consumer right to recover costs due to manufacturer misrepresentation of EnergyStar products.

Schakowsky (IL)


Establishes an Office of Public Participation to enhance consumer rights and representation with regard to energy prices.

Sinema (AZ), Gibson (NY)


Directs the Secretaries of Energy and State to develop and implement energy solutions that supplant oil, natural gas, and petroleum product revenues that are found to provide funding or support to known terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State.

Swalwell (CA)


Authorizes a Department of Energy (DOE) research and development program to assure the long-term secure and sustainable supply of energy critical elements, would authorize a Critical Materials Energy Innovation Hub to carry out this program, and would require that DOE periodically prepare a plan, submitted to Congress, regarding this work. It would further direct the President, acting through the National Science and Technology Council, to improve and report to Congress on efforts across the federal government to ensure an adequate and stable supply of energy critical elements.

Takano (CA), Honda (CA), Collins, Chris (NY)


Requires a GAO Report to be submitted to Congress on the potential of battery energy storage.

Takano (CA)


WITHDRAWN Requires a study to be done on the storage capacity of the National Guard and Reserve facilities as well as a study on enhancing mission readiness through energy security.

Takano (CA)


Creates a technical assistance program the Department of Energy for states and utilities to deploy storage, including grants of various types to facilitate storage project feasibility studies, interconnection studies, and engineering studies.

Tonko (NY)


Strikes Section 1101.

Tonko (NY)


Reauthorizes the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program through Fiscal Year 2020.

Upton (MI)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT REVISED Strikes a number of provisions, some of which have already been enacted into law, and makes technical and conforming changes to the reported text of H.R. 8, H.R. 2295, and H.R. 2358.

Veasey (TX)


Requires the Department of Energy to submit a report to Congress on the potential effects commercial utilization of Carbon Capture and Sequestration could have on the economy, energy infrastructure and greenhouse gas emission goals.

Walorski (IN)


LATE WITHDRAWN Adjusts EPA’s waiver procedures regarding fuel blends when there is a disruption in fuel supply due to equipment failure or a problem with distribution or delivery equipment.

Welch (VT), Costa (CA)


LATE Repeals the corn ethanol mandate contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard, caps the amount of ethanol blended into fuels at 10 percent, and mandates the usage of produced advanced biofuel.

Welch (VT)


LATE REVISED Provides technical assistance to improve the efficiency of small and medium sized manufacturers and improve access for these manufacturers to national labs.

Welch (VT), Kinzinger (IL)


LATE Directs DOE to conduct smart building pilots with Departments of Energy, Defense, Interior, Veterans’ Affairs, and the General Services Administration to improve the efficiency of buildings, and to incorporate smart buildings into existing programs such as the Better Buildings Challenge.

Welch (VT)


LATE Strikes the current building codes language and replaces it with the building codes provision found in H.R. 1802. It is intended to strength national model building codes to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient while working with states and private industry to make the code-writing process more transparent.

Yoho (FL)


LATE Lifts the crude export ban to the countries within the Caribbean. Specifically, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.