H. Res. 846: H.R. 3585 – Solar Technology Roadmap Act

 

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday October 20, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 241-178 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 239-176 on Thursday, October 22, 2009.

MANAGERS: Polis/Foxx
111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 846

[Report No. 111-304]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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H.R. 3585 - Solar Technology Roadmap Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Structured rule. 

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Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology.

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Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

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Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

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Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).

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No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

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Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

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Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Science and Technology or his designee.

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Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3585) to guide and provide for United States research, development, and demonstration of solar energy technologies, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Sec. 2. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Science and Technology or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

 

Sponsor

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Description

Debate Time

1. Gordon (TN)

#33

Would make conforming and technical changes; require that at least one demonstration project be awarded in fiscal year 2011 for the demonstration of organic photovoltaic cell technologies; require the Secretary to study potential applications of micropower stations using solar power technology in underserved communities lacking in basic electric or traditional power infrastructure and make recommendations to Congress for increasing access to and implementation of solar technology in such communities; ensure that demonstration project grants authorized under the Act emphasize initiatives that promote accessibility and community implementation of the technology; require the Roadmap Committee to establish demonstration goals with recommended timeframes for improving the cost effectiveness and quality control of domestic manufacturing of implements and devices used in the production of solar energy; permit research and development into photovoltaics and related electronic components, including inverters, charge controllers, and energy monitors; include within the Roadmap the development of best practices for Department of Energy National Labs in their collaborations with institutions of higher education and private industry to bring new solar technologies to the marketplace more efficiently and effectively; add, within the Photovoltaic Performance Study, an assessment of current consumer solar financing models used to address high upfront costs for the long term economic benefits of solar energy; require the Roadmap Committee to consider technologies used to condition solar energy, including inverters, DC/DC converters, and battery chargers, when determining how and when to integrate solar energy into the electricity grid; include federally-funded research and development centers on the list of entities eligible to receive research, development and demonstration awards; establish a pilot program within the Department of Energy to create grants for projects to protect against solar technology equipment theft, including projects for mapping large-scale solar projects and equipment serial number registries; provide that grant awards could be used for the operation of the project for 3 years using a monitoring methodology approved by the Secretary; require the Roadmap Committee to consider ways to reduce regional disparity in the use of solar technologies; require the Energy Secretary, when appointing members to the Committee, to consider individuals that represent diverse geographic regions of the United States; require that demonstration project awards are located in geographically-dispersed regions of the country and not concentrated in any single geographic region of the country; require the Roadmap Committee to consult with the Interior Department, National Park Service, Defense Department, and the General Services Administration on the potential for solar demonstration projects on Federal lands.

 

(30 minutes)

2. Broun (GA)

#8

Would change the number of years for which the Committee is authorized in the bill from five to three. It also would reduce to $250,000,000 the amount authorized in each of the three years, from 2011 to 2013.

 

(10 minutes)

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Hastings , Alcee (FL)

#12

Would ensure that a representative from a minority-serving institution is a member of the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee.

 

(10 minutes)

4. Cardoza (CA)

#2

Would expand the types of technology the Energy Secretary can consider from "solar thermal electric technology" to "solar thermal power technology." It also would require the Secretary, in carrying out demonstration projects, to include at least 2 solar thermal technology projects, with thermal storage, that generate between 1 and 3 megawatts continuously for a 24-hour period from energy provided entirely by the sun.

 

(10 minutes)

5. Kaptur (OH)

#22

(REVISED) Would require the Roadmap Committee to provide recommendations to strengthen the use of research and development strategies in making domestic industry more competitive and to assist the commercialization of solar technologies.

 

(10 minutes)

6. Marshall (GA)

#6

Would require the Secretary, when carrying out solar technology demonstration projects, to evaluate the potential to establish large photovoltaic facilities that produce at least 100 gigawatts, including an evaluation of the electrical grid, current, voltage, and energy storage requirements associated with large photovoltaic facilities.

 

(10 minutes)

7. Klein, Ron (FL)

#1

Would include research on solar energy storage technology as eligible for funding under the Secretary of Energy's research and development program.

 

(10 minutes)

8. Titus (NV), Teague (NM), Cohen (TN)

#5

Would include the development of solar technology products that are water efficient as a focus of the bill.

 

(10 minutes)

9. Heinrich (NM)

#10

Would require the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee to release a draft Roadmap to the public at least one month prior to publication in order to receive public input.

 

(10 minutes)

10. Himes (CT)

#17

Would clarify that solar thermal technologies and concentrating solar photovoltaic technologies will be included within the scope of the research and development program authorized by the bill.

 

(10 minutes)

11. Murphy, Scott (NY)

#9

Would require the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee to submit an annual report to the Secretary of Energy and the Congress on its activities over the prior 12-month period.

 

(10 minutes)

 

 

 

 

111th Congress