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S. 1776 - Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017

Sponsor: Al Franken (D)
Introduced: 2017-09-07
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
 
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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1776


    To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to reauthorize energy programs through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 7, 2017

    Mr. Franken (for himself, Mr. Durbin, and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

    To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to reauthorize energy programs through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Biobased markets program.

Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8102) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “or renewable chemicals” after “biobased products”;

(B) in paragraph (2)(B)—

(i) in clause (i), by inserting “or renewable chemical” after “biobased”; and

(ii) in clause (ii), by inserting “or renewable chemical” after “portions of biobased”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) EDUCATION AND OUTREACH.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator, shall provide to appropriate stakeholders education and outreach relating to the voluntary labeling program under this subsection.”;

(2) in subsection (f), by striking the subsection designation and all that follows through “The Secretary” and inserting the following:

“(f) Manufacturers of renewable chemicals and biobased products.—

“(1) NAICS CODES.—The Secretary and the Secretary of Commerce shall jointly develop North American Industry Classification System codes for—

“(A) renewable chemicals manufacturers; and

“(B) biobased products manufacturers.

“(2) NATIONAL TESTING CENTER REGISTRY.—The Secretary”;

(3) in subsection (h)(2)—

(A) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking “and” at the end;

(B) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) a description of the quantity of biobased products procured under subsection (a) during the previous year.”;

(4) in subsection (i)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by striking “$3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018” and inserting “$6,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023”; and

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”; and

(5) in subsection (j), by striking “includes, with” and inserting the following: “includes—

“(1) products produced from biologically captured and reused carbon; and

“(2) with”.

SEC. 3. Biorefinery, renewable chemical, and biobased product manufacturing assistance.

Section 9003 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8103) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)(3)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking “and” at the end and inserting “or”; and

(B) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) by inserting “renewable chemical or biobased product” before “technology”; and

(ii) by striking “biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuel.” and inserting “biorefinery.”; and

(2) in subsection (g)—

(A) by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(1) MANDATORY FUNDING.—Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Secretary shall use for the cost of loan guarantees under this section, to remain available until expended, $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.”; and

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”.

SEC. 4. Bioenergy program for advanced biofuels.

Section 9005(g) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8105(g)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “expended—” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “expended, $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2023.”; and

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”.

SEC. 5. Rural Energy for America Program.

(a) Definition of renewable energy system.—Section 9001(16) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8101(16)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(2) in subparagraph (A), by striking “that—” and all that follows through the period at the end of clause (ii) and inserting the following: “that produces usable energy from a renewable energy source.

“(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term ‘renewable energy system’ includes—

“(i) distribution components necessary to move energy produced by a renewable energy system to the initial point of sale; and

“(ii) other components and ancillary infrastructure of a renewable energy system, such as a storage system.”.

(b) Funding.—Section 9007(g) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8107(g)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “expended—” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “expended, $150,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2023.”;

(2) in paragraph (3), by striking “$20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018” and inserting “$50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2023”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(4) ALLOCATION OF FUNDING.—For each fiscal year, not more than 30 percent of amounts made available to carry out this section may be used for—

“(A) any 1 form of renewable energy described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 9001(15); or

“(B) technologies to improve the efficiency of energy usage.”.

SEC. 6. Biomass research and development.

Section 9008(h) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8108(h)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “expended—” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “expended, $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.”; and

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”.

SEC. 7. Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers.

Section 9010(b) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8110(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”.

SEC. 8. Biofuels and Biobased Product Feedstock and Wildland Fire Protection Program.

Section 9011 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8111) is amended—

(1) by striking the section heading and inserting “Biofuels and Biobased Product Feedstock and Wildland Fire Protection Program.”;

(2) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking paragraph (1);

(B) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) through (7) as paragraphs (7) and (1) through (5), respectively, and moving the paragraphs so as to appear in numerical order;

(C) in paragraph (1) (as so redesignated), by striking “BCAP” and inserting “program”;

(D) in paragraph (4) (as so redesignated)—

(i) in subparagraph (B)—

(I) in clause (ii)(II), by striking “and” at the end;

(II) in clause (iii), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(III) by adding at the end the following:

“(iv) algae; and

“(v) animal waste and byproducts, including fat, oil, grease, and manure.”; and

(ii) in subparagraph (C)—

(I) by striking clauses (ii) and (iv); and

(II) by redesignating clauses (iii), (v), (vi), and (vii) as clauses (ii), (iii), (iv), and (v), respectively;

(E) in paragraph (5) (as so redesignated), by striking “BCAP”;

(F) by inserting after paragraph (5) (as so redesignated) the following:

“(6) PROGRAM.—The term ‘program’ means the Biofuels and Biobased Product Feedstock and Wildland Fire Protection Program established under this section.”; and

(G) in paragraph (7) (as so redesignated)—

(i) by striking the paragraph heading and inserting “Project area.—”; and

(ii) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “BCAP”;

(3) in subsection (b)—

(A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “Biomass Crop Assistance Program” and inserting “Biofuels and Biobased Product Feedstock and Wildland Fire Protection Program”;

(B) in paragraph (1), by striking “BCAP”; and

(C) in paragraph (2), by inserting “, including eligible material harvested for the purpose of hazardous woody fuel reduction” before the period at the end;

(4) in subsection (c)—

(A) by striking the subsection heading and inserting “Project areas.—”;

(B) by striking “BCAP” each place it appears;

(C) in paragraph (2)(B)—

(i) in the subparagraph heading, by striking “BCAP project” and inserting “Project”; and

(ii) in clause (i) (as amended by subparagraph (B)), by inserting “program” before the semicolon at the end;

(D) in paragraph (4) (as amended by subparagraph (B)), by inserting “program” before “contract”; and

(E) in paragraph (5)(D) (as amended by subparagraph (B)), by inserting “program” before “payments on land”;

(5) in subsection (d)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking “BCAP” and inserting “program”;

(B) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking “paragraph (3)” and inserting “paragraph (5)”;

(C) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (5);

(D) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

“(3) HAZARDOUS WOODY FUEL REDUCTION.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—In accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary to carry out this paragraph, the Secretary may use amounts made available under subsection (f)(1)(A) to provide to a project sponsor that submits to the Secretary an application in accordance with those regulations a payment under this subsection for the transportation costs of a project that removes eligible material for the purpose of hazardous woody fuel reduction, as determined by the Secretary.

“(B) CONSIDERATIONS.—In determining which projects to provide payments under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall consider—

“(i) only projects that, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Forest Service Fire Modeling Institute, are located in wildland areas that are the most—

“(I) at risk from wildfire; or

“(II) in need of restoration; and

“(ii) which projects will provide—

“(I) the greatest benefit to the protection of human life and structures in the wildland-urban interface; and

“(II) the greatest protection of municipal water supplies.

“(4) LIMITATION ON COLLECTION OF BIOMASS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT.—As a condition on the receipt of a payment under this subsection, a producer or person described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1), respectively, shall leave uncollected and unharvested not less than 30 percent, as determined appropriate by the Secretary, of the woody eligible material.”; and

(E) in paragraph (5) (as redesignated by subparagraph (C))—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “bcap” and inserting “program”; and

(ii) by striking “BCAP” and inserting “program”; and

(6) in subsection (f)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by striking “Of the funds” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting the following:

“(A) MANDATORY FUNDING.—Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Secretary shall use to carry out this section $70,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

“(B) DISCRETIONARY FUNDING.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.”; and

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking “the Secretary shall use not less than 10 percent, nor more than 50 percent, of the amount” and inserting the following: “the Secretary shall use—

“(A) not less than $50,000,000 to make transportation payments for hazardous woody fuel reduction projects under subsection (d)(3); and

“(B) not less than 10 percent, and not greater than 50 percent, of the remaining amount”.

SEC. 9. Community Wood Energy Program.

Section 9013(e) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8113(e)) is amended by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”.

SEC. 10. Effective date.

The amendments made by this Act take effect on October 1, 2018.


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