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To permanently authorize the National Oilheat Research Alliance.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 29, 2003
Ms. Snowe (for herself, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Warner, Mr. Bunning, and Mr.
Reed) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred
to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To permanently authorize the National Oilheat Research Alliance.
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 ``National Oilheat Research Alliance
Act of 2003''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(a) Congress finds that--
(1) in 2000, Congress enacted the National Oilheat Research
Alliance Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 6201 note), authorizing a
referendum to create the National Oilheat Research Alliance;
(2) before enactment of that Act, similar legislation had
passed the Senate by unanimous consent with 21 bipartisan
Senate cosponsors and the House of Representatives with 148
(3) the Alliance was approved by an industry-wide
referendum held in January 2001, with 97 percent of oilheat
retailers and 99 percent of oilheat wholesalers voting in favor
of creation of the Alliance;
(4) during its nearly 3 years of existence, the Alliance
has operated in 21 States and the District of Columbia,
providing benefits for its members and oilheat consumers in the
areas of research and development, safety, energy efficiency,
training, and education;
(5) the Alliance successfully created the National Oilheat
Research Institute, which is leading the way toward developing
a low-sulfur heating oil product that will allow significant
progress in reducing emissions;
(6) the Institute is also at the forefront of developing
new efficiency techniques for existing heating oil units,
providing substantial savings for the energy costs of
(7) the Alliance is providing improved and up-to-date
training material for oilheat technicians, establishing a
standardized certification program and encouraging continuing
education methods that result in efficient and highly trained
professionals to service their customers;
(8) the Alliance has prepared material for realtors and
prospective home buyers for houses with existing heating oil
systems, explaining how to make the best use of oilheat and
providing crucial safety and energy efficiency information;
(9) the legislation providing for the creation of the
Alliance included a sunset provision that will require the
Alliance to terminate activities in February 2005 unless
Congress acts to extend the authorization; and
(10) the outstanding progress of the Alliance in the fields
of research and development, safety and training, and
education, the nearly unanimous support from industry, and the
strong potential to yield future benefits for industry and
consumers make the Alliance deserving of permanent
authorization by Congress.
SEC. 3. PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION.
Section 713 of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act of 2000
(42 U.S.C. 6201 note) is repealed.
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