AWE Legislative Watch - 112th Congress Archive

January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2013 

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U.S. House of Representatives

112th Congress

  • H.R. 1802 - The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011  
  • H.R. 1967 - The Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2011  
  • H.R. 2030 - The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011  
  • H.R. 2599 - The PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2011 
  • H.R. 2738 - The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011  
  • H.R. 3371 - The High Performance Federal Buildings Act of 2011  
  • H.R. 5826 - The Coordinating Water Research for Clean Water Future Act of 2012  
  • H.R. 5827 - The Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2012 
  • H.R. 6249 - The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012  


H.R. 1802 

Title:  The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code to exempt bonds for facilities for furnishing water from the volume cap for private activity bonds. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Pascrell, William [NJ, 8] (Introduced May 10, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to House Ways and Means Committee on May 10, 2011. 

Summary:  Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt from state volume caps private facility bonds for sewage and water supply facilities.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 1967 

Title:  The Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To encourage water efficiency by authorizing the EPA WaterSense program, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Holt, Rush [NJ-12]  (Introduced 5/25/2011) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Government Oversight and Armed Services. 

Summary:  Promotes water efficiency by authorizing a federal labeling program, EPA’s WaterSense program, to help consumers identify water efficient products and services, provides $50 million in funding for grants to establish or expand local programs that offer rebates or vouchers to consumers that purchase water efficient products and services and directs federal agencies to purchase cost-effective water efficient products.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 2030 

Title:  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011 

Purpose:  Creates a new grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency, including grants for managing storm water, water resources or waste water resources. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Edwards, Donna [MD, 4] (Introduced May 26, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on May 26, 2011. 

Summary:  Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make competitive grants to eligible higher education institutions and research institutions to establish and maintain between three and five centers of excellence for green infrastructure. Requires the Administrator to make competitive grants to eligible entities that manage storm water, water resources, or waste water resources to: (1) plan and design and install green infrastructure projects; (2) develop standards and revisions to local zoning, building, or other local codes necessary to accommodate such projects; and (3) develop fee structures to provide financial support for green infrastructure.  [Full Text] 

  

H.R. 2599 

Title:  The PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To prevent Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other mortgage lending regulators from adopting policies that contravene state and local property assessed clean energy (PACE) laws. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Hayworth, Nan [NY-19] (Introduced 7/20/2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity (8/22/2011) 

Summary:  Requires the Federal Housing Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue guidance providing that the levy of a PACE assessment and the creation of a PACE lien to not constitute a default on any loan secured by uniform instruments approved by those agencies.  Rep. Haworth, R-NY, proposes that PACE improvements may include any qualified clean energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements as well as water conservation and efficiency improvements.  Prohibits any federal agency from discriminating against state or local governments implementing or participating in a PACE program so long as that program complies with specified requirements.  [Full Text]

 

H.R. 2738 

Title:  The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To increase water system adaptability to changing hydrologic conditions and to promote more efficient water use, conservation, reuse or recycling. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Capps, Lois [CA, 23] (Introduced Aug. 1, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Committees on Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce on Aug. 1, 2011. 

Summary:  Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Program to provide grants to owners or operators of water systems for programs or projects to increase the resiliency or adaptability of the systems to any ongoing or forecasted changes to the hydrologic conditions. Grant must include a substantial number  that utilize innovative approaches to (1) promote more efficient water use, water conservation, water reuse, or recycling; (2) use decentralized, low-impact development technologies and nonstructural approaches, (3) reduce storm water runoff or flooding ; (4) modify, upgrade, enhance, or replace existing water system infrastructure in response to changing hydrologic conditions; and (5) improve water quality or quantity for agricultural and municipal uses.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 3371 

Title: The High Performance Federal Buildings Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To encourage the construction of green federal buildings and to require the establishment of energy and water efficiency standards for new federal buildings. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Russ Carnahan [MO-23] (Introduced November 4, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Energy and Commerce and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees and to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on Nov. 22, 2011. 

Summary:  Requires agencies to consider life-cycle costs in planning new federal buildings costing $1 million or more.  Establishes a Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green buildings to assist federal agencies with respect to the utilization of building information modeling, commissioning and integrated design processes.  Amends the National energy Conservation Policy Act to require reporting on energy and water savings measures.  Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to establish and update energy and water efficiency standards for federal buildings.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 5826 

Title:  The Coordinating Water Research for Clean Water Future Act of 2012 

Purpose:  To implement a National Water Research and Development Initiative to ensure clean and reliable water for future generations. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [TX-30] (Introduced May 18, 2012) 

Status:  Referred to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on May 18, 2012. 

Summary:  This legislation would implement a National Water Research and Development Initiative at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House to ensure clean and reliable water for future generations by increasing the federal government’s role in coordinating water research activities to address changes in clean water use, quality, supply and demand.  The bill would also require a Strategic Plan to identify and prioritize research in this area along with an Annual Report to Congress, and for other purposes.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 5827 

Title:  The Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2012 

Purpose:  To ensure consideration of water intensity in the Department of Energy's energy research into sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [TX-30] (Introduced May 18, 2012) 

Status:  Referred to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on May 18, 2012. 

Summary:  This legislation would focus attention on the energy-water nexus—the energy required to provide reliable water supplies and the water required to provide reliable energy supplies—by directing the Secretary of Energy to integrate water considerations into the Department of Energy's (DOE's) energy research. The bill would require the Secretary to promote energy technologies and practices that would minimize freshwater withdrawal and consumption, increase water use efficiency, and utilize nontraditional water sources with efforts to improve water quality. The Secretary would be required to develop a Strategic Plan and create technical milestones to address the energy-water nexus. The Act would authorize $300 million over five years for this research and an additional $10 million to fund a new Energy-Water Architecture Council to help coordinate and promote better energy and water data collection.  [Full Text] 

 

H.R. 6249 

Title:  The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012 

Purpose:  To create a Water Protection and Reinvestment Fund to support investments in clean water infrastructure, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep. Earl Blumenauer [OR-3] (Introduced August 1, 2012) 

Status:  Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Science, Space, and Technology. 

Summary:  This legislation would create a new federal trust fund to distribute grants and loans through the existing Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.  Money would be used to capitalize state funds, which then provide loans to publicly owned treatment works for wastewater treatment facilities.  The legislation would update the State Revolving Loan Fund to provide additional incentives for water efficiency.  Funding would come from manufacturer fees on water use and water pollution, including a three-cent container excise tax on water-based beverages, a 3% excise tax on items disposed in wastewater (e.g. toothpaste, cosmetics, toilet paper) and a 0.5% excise tax on pharmaceutical products.  [Full Text] 

 

U.S. Senate

112th Congress

  • S   398 - The Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act of 2011 
  • S   939 - The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011  
  • S 1000 - The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 
  • S 1115 - The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010  
  • S 1343 - The Energy and Water Integration Act of 2011  
  • S 1669 - The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011  
  • S 1737 - The Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act of 2011  
  • S 3352 - The Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012  


S 398 

Title:  The Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to improve energy efficiency of certain appliances and equipment, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 2/17/2011) 

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on S, 398 on 3/10/2011.  The Committee marked-up the bill on 4/12/11 and voted to report the bill (as amended) out of Committee with a recommendation that it be considered by the full Senate. 

Summary:  Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to strengthen and improve energy efficiency standards for a number of consumer products, appliances and equipment.  The bill would reduce the regulatory burden on appliance manufacturers, reduce national energy and water demand thereby slowing the need for new energy and water supplies, and save consumers money on their energy and water bills.  [Full Text] 

 

S 939 

Title:  The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code to exempt bonds for facilities for furnishing water from state volume cap for private activity bonds. 

Sponsor:  Sen. Menendez, Robert [NJ] ( Introduced May 10, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on May 10, 2011. 

Summary:  Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt from state volume caps private facility bonds for sewage and water supply facilities. [Full Text] 

 

S 1000 

Title:  The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011  

Purpose:  To create a Supply Star program to promote supply chains that conserve energy and water. 

Sponsor:  Sen Shaheen Jeanne [NH] (Introduced 5/16/2011) 

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources reported the bill out of committee on 9/6/2011 with the recommendation that it be considered by the full Senate together with Senate Committee Report No. 112-71.

Summary:  Directs the Secretary of Energy to develop and update national model building energy codes, with a goal of zero- net-energy for new buildings by 2030, and supports state and local building energy codes that meet or exceed national standards.  The bill also would establish an Energy Department a Supply Star program to identify and promote practices and products that use highly efficient supply chains that conserve energy, water and other resources.  [Full Text]   

 

S 1115 

Title:  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010 

Purpose:  Creates a new grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency, including grants for managing storm water, water resources or waste water resources. 

Sponsor:  Sen. Udall, Tom [NM] (Introduced May 26, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Environment and Public Works Committee on May 26, 2011 

Summary:  Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make competitive grants to eligible higher education institutions and research institutions to establish and maintain between three and five centers of excellence for green infrastructure.  Requires the Administrator to make competitive grants to eligible entities that manage storm water, water resources, or waste water resources to: (1) plan and design and install green infrastructure projects; (2) develop standards and revisions to local zoning, building, or other local codes necessary to accommodate such projects; and (3) develop fee structures to provide financial support for green infrastructure. [Full Text] 

 

S 1343 

Title:  The Energy and Water Integration Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To provide for the conduct of an analysis of the impact of energy development and production on the water resources of the United States and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 7/11/2011) 

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing and mark-up on the Energy and Water Integration Act and reported the bill out of committee on 5/26/11 with the recommendation that it be considered by the full Senate. S 1343 was then introduced together with Senate Committee Report 112-035 on 7/11/11. 

Summary:  Highlights the nexus between water resources and energy production by providing for: 1) water and energy efficiency studies, research priorities and enhanced assessments on water-related energy consumption; 2) an energy-water research and development roadmap; 3) an energy-water clean technology grant program; 4) a rural water utilities energy and water efficiency program ; and 5) a comprehensive water use and energy savings study.  [Full Text]

 

S 1669 

Title:  The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To increase water system adaptability to changing hydrologic conditions and to promote more efficient water use, conservation, reuse or recycling. 

Sponsor:  Sen. Cardin, Benjamin [MD] (Introduced Oct. 6, 2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Oct. 2, 2011. 

Summary:  Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Program to provide grants to owners or operators of water systems for programs or projects to increase the resiliency or adaptability of the systems to any ongoing or forecasted changes to the hydrologic conditions. Grant must include a substantial number  that utilize innovative approaches to (1) promote more efficient water use, water conservation, water reuse, or recycling; (2) use decentralized, low-impact development technologies and nonstructural approaches, (3) reduce storm water runoff or flooding ; (4) modify, upgrade, enhance, or replace existing water system infrastructure in response to changing hydrologic conditions; and (5) improve water quality or quantity for agricultural and municipal uses. [Full Text] 

 

S 1737 

Title:  The Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act of 2011 

Purpose:  To prevent Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other mortgage lending regulators from adopting policies that contravene state and local property assessed clean energy (PACE) laws. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO]  (Introduced 10/19/2011) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on 10/19/2011. 

Summary:  Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue guidelines for all federal mortgage agencies (including the Federal National Mortgage Association [Fannie Mae], the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation [Freddie Mac], to implement enhanced loan eligibility requirements, for use when determining the ability of a loan applicant to repay a covered loan that account for the expected costs of energy at the property involved.  [Full Text 

 

S 3352 

Title:  The Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend certain energy-related tax provisions, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 6/28/2012) 

Status:  Referred to Senate Finance Committee on June 28, 2012. 

Summary:  This legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code to create tax credits of up to 30% for the cost of projects that retrofit or expand manufacturing facilities to increase water efficiency.  The tax credits would be based on the level of water savings, with a 10% credit for projects that achieve a 25% to 49% reduction in water use, a 20% credit for water savings between 50% and 74% and a 30% credit for water savings of 75% or more. [Full Text] 

 

 

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