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S. 2439 (rs) To authorize the appropriation of funds for the construction of the Southeastern Alaska Intertie system, and for other purposes. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2439 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 6, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To authorize the appropriation of funds for the construction of the Southeastern Alaska Intertie system, 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. SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA INTERTIE AUTHORIZATION LIMIT. Upon the completion and submission to the United States Congress by the Forest Service of the ongoing High Voltage Direct Current viability analysis pursuant to United States Forest Service Collection Agreement #00CO-111005-105 or no later than February 1, 2001, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Energy such sums as may be necessary to assist in the construction of the Southeastern Alaska Intertie system as generally identified in Report #97-01 of the Southeast Conference. Such sums shall equal 80 percent of the cost of the system and may not exceed $384,000,000. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or waive any otherwise applicable State or Federal law. SEC. 2. NAVAJO ELECTRIFICATION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. (a) Establishment.--The Secretary of Energy shall establish a 5- year program to assist the Navajo nation to meet its electricity needs. The purpose of the program shall be to provide electric power to the estimated 18,000 occupied structures on the Navajo Nation that lack electric power. The goal of the program shall be to ensure that every household on the Navajo Nation that requests it has access to a reliable and affordable source of electricity by the year 2006. (b) Scope.--In order to meet the goal in subsection (a), the Secretary of Energy shall provide grants to the Navajo Nation to-- (1) extend electric transmission and distribution lines to new or existing structures that are not served by electric power and do not have adequate electric power service; (2) purchase and install distributed power generating facilities, including small gas turbines, fuel cells, solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, geothermal systems, wind power systems, or biomass-fueled systems; (3) purchase and install other equipment associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, and storage of electric power; (4) provide training in the installation, operation, or maintenance of the lines, facilities, or equipment in paragraphs (1) through (3); or (5) support other activities that the Secretary of Energy determines are necessary to meet the goal of the program. (c) Technical Support.--At the request of the Navajo Nation, the Secretary of Energy may provide technical support through Department of Energy laboratories and facilities to the Navajo Nation to assist in achieving the goal of this program. (d) Annual Reports.--Not later than February 1, 2002 and for each of the five succeeding years, the Secretary of Energy shall submit a report to Congress on the status of the programs and the progress towards meeting its goal under subsection (a). (e) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Energy to carry out this section $15,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2002 through 2006. Passed the Senate October 5 (legislative day, September 22), 2000. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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