110-H.R.3221

Moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy conservation.

8/4/2007--Passed House amended.    (There is 1 other summary)

New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 - Division A: New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act - Title I: Green Jobs - Green Jobs Act of 2007 - (Sec. 1002) Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to direct the Secretary of Labor to: (1) establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program; (2) collect and analyze labor market data to track workforce trends resulting from energy-related initiatives under this Act; and (3) award National Energy Training Partnerships (NETP) Grants to nonprofit partnerships to implement training programs that lead to economic self-sufficiency and develop an energy efficiency and renewable energy industries workforce.

Specifies NETP grants for programs of: (1) state labor market research, information, and labor exchange research; (2) state energy training partnerships; and (3)at least ten pathways out of poverty demonstrations.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: International Climate Cooperation Re-engagement Act of 2007 - International Climate Cooperation Re-engagement Act of 2007 - Subtitle A: United States Policy on Global Climate Change - (Sec. 2102) Sets forth congressional statements of policy, including promotion of U.S. and global security through leadership in cooperation with other nations of the global effort to reduce and stabilize global greenhouse gas emissions and to stabilize their atmospheric concentration.

Declares that the United States will seek to obtain mitigation commitments from major greenhouse gas emitting countries under the institutional framework provided by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

(Sec. 2103) Establishes within the Department of State an Office of Global Climate Change to reduce global greenhouse emissions and to address global climate change.

Requires the Secretary of State to report to certain congressional committees on the strategy, policies, and actions of the United States for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and for addressing global climate change.

(Sec. 2104) Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should further global energy security and promote democratic development in resource-rich foreign countries by taking specified steps, including: (1) encouraging further participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) by eligible countries and companies; and (2) establishing a domestic reporting requirement for companies that purchase natural resources from or make payments to government officials or entities connected with the extraction of such resources so that citizens can monitor expenditures by government officials to ensure accountability for illicit diversion and wasteful use of revenues received.

Requires the Secretary of State to report annually to Congress on promoting transparency in extractive industries resource payments.

Subtitle B: Assistance to Promote Clean and Efficient Energy Technologies in Foreign Countries - (Sec. 2202) Requires the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support policies and programs in developing countries that promote clean and efficient energy technologies. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 2203) Requires the Secretary of Commerce to: (1) direct the U.S. And Foreign Commercial Service to expand or create a corps of Foreign Commercial Service officers to promote U.S. exports in clean and efficient energy technologies and build the capacity of government officials in India, China, and any other country to become more familiar with available technologies; and (2) direct the International Trade Administration (ITA) to encourage private sector trade and investment in clean and efficient energy technologies.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 2205) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) should promote greater investment in clean and efficient energy technologies by taking specified steps, including reaching out to domestic companies interested in investing in clean and efficient energy technologies in countries that are significant contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions.

(Sec. 2206) Instructs the Director of the Trade and Development Agency to promote certain policies that fund projects using clean and efficient energy technologies.

(Sec. 2207) Authorizes the Secretary of State to establish a global climate change exchange program.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 2208) Directs the President to provide assistance to the Interagency Working Group to support a Clean Energy Technology Exports Initiative.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 2209) Instructs the Secretary of State to report to certain congressional committees on the impact of global climate change on developing countries.

Subtitle C: International Clean Energy Foundation - (Sec. 2302) Establishes the International Clean Energy Foundation to: (1) promote certain projects outside the United States for reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions; and (2) work with foreign governments and private entities to address such emissions.

(Sec. 2307) Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Title III: Small Energy Efficient Businesses - Small Energy Efficient Businesses Act - (Sec. 3003) Amends the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to specify alternative energy public policy goals, one of which any projects of state development companies must achieve to qualify for certain assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Includes among such goals: (1) reduction of energy consumption by at least 10%; and (2) plant, equipment, and process upgrades of renewable energy sources such as micropower or renewable fuels producers, including biodieseland ethanol producers.

Provides for loans and loan guarantees for projects to achieve such goals.

(Sec. 3004) Declares that such loans shall include 90% SBA participation and a reduction of guarantee and yearly fees by half.

(Sec. 3005) Authorizes an SBA Center to apply for an additional grant to carry out a small business sustainability initiative related to such energy efficiency goals.

(Sec. 3006) Directs the SBA Administrator to develop and coordinate a government-wide program to assist small businesses in: (1) becoming more energy efficient; (2) understanding the cost savings from improved energy efficiency; and (3) identifying financing options for energy efficiency upgrades.

(Sec. 3007) Authorizes a small business investment company (SBIC) licensed after September 30, 2007, to issue Energy Saving debentures for qualified investments in a small business primarily engaged in researching, manufacturing, developing, or providing products, goods, or services that reducethe use or consumption of nonrenewable energy resources.

(Sec. 3008) Prohibits the SBA Administrator, in calculating the outstanding leverage of an SBIC licensed after September 30, 2007, from including the cost basis of any Energy Saving qualified investment made after that date in a smaller enterprise, to the extent that the total investment does not exceed 50% of the SBIC's capital.

(Sec. 3009) Requires the SBA Administrator to establish a Renewable Fuel Capital Investment Program to guarantee debentures issued by Renewal Fuel Capital Investment (RFCI) companies. Authorizes the Administrator to make grants to RFCI companies and to other entities to provide operational assistance to smaller enterprises financed by them.

Title IV: Science and Technology - Subtitle A: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy - (Sec. 4001) Establishes the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) within the Department of Energy (DOE) to overcome long-term and high-risk technological barriers in the energy technologies development.

(Sec. 4002) Establishes the Energy Transformation Acceleration Fund, administered by the Director of ARPA-E.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012 for deposit into such Fund.

(Sec. 4004) Requires the President's Committee on Science and Technology to evaluate how well ARPA-E is achieving its goals and mission, and to make such evaluation available to Congress and the public.

Subtitle B: Marine Renewable Energy Technologies - Marine Renewable Energy Research and Development Act of 2007 - (Sec. 4104) Directs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) support programs to expand the use of marine renewable energy production; and (2) acting through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory award grants to institutions of higher education to establish National Marine Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Centers.

(Sec. 4107) Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Subtitle C: Geothermal Energy - Advanced Geothermal Energy Research and Development Act of 2007 - (Sec. 4204) Directs the Secretary of Energy to support programs expanding thermal energy production from hydrothermal systems, including: (1) programs to develop advanced hydrothermal resource tools; and (2) cost-shared programs for field demonstrations of technologies and techniques of siting and exploratory drilling for undiscovered resources in a variety of geologic settings.

(Sec. 4205) Directs the Secretary to: (1) support programs of general and enhanced geothermal systems research and development; and (2) establish a program to support geothermal energy production from oil and gas fields and recovery and production of geopressured gas resources.

(Sec. 4209) Directs such Secretary to: (1) award grants to institutions of higher education (or consortia of them) to establish two Centers for Geothermal Technology Transfer; (2) expand DOE's "GeoPowering the West" program; and (3) award grant funding, on a competitive basis, to an institution of higher education for a geothermal-powered energy generation facility on the institution's campus.

(Sec. 4212) Directs such Secretary to report to Congress on advanced concepts and technologies to maximize domestic geothermal resource potential.

(Sec. 4214) Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Subtitle D: Solar Energy - Part 1: Research and Advancement - Solar Energy Research and Advancement Act of 2007 - (Sec. 4303) Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a programs of research and development on thermal energy storage technologies to enable the shifting of electric power loads on demand and extend the operating time of concentrating solar power electric generating plants.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 4304) Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on methods to: (1) integrate concentrating solar power into regional electricity transmission systems; (2) identify new transmission or transmission upgrades to bring electricity from high concentrating solar power resource areas to growing electric power load centers throughout the United States; and (3) reduce the amount of water consumed by concentrating solar power systems.

(Sec. 4305) Directs the Secretary to establish in the Office of Solar Energy Technologies a competitive grant program to create and strengthen solar industry workforce training and internship programs in installation, operation, and maintenance of solar energy products.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 4306) Requires the Secretary to establish a program of research and development to provide assistance in the demonstration and commercial application of direct solar renewable energy sources to: (1) provide alternatives to traditional power generation for lighting and illumination, including light pipe technology; and (2) promote greater energy conservation and improved efficiency.

(Sec. 4307) Directs the Secretary to establish: (1) a research, development, and demonstration program for solar air conditioning; and (2) grants to states to demonstrate advanced photovoltaic technology.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Part 2: Development and Use of Solar Energy Products - (Sec. 4312) Sets forth a solar research and information program under the supervision of the Secretary of Energy.

Subtitle E: Biofuels - Biofuels Research and Development Enhancement Act - (Sec. 4402) Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a biofuels and biorefinery technology information transfer center.

(Sec. 4403) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary to implement a research, development, and demonstration program relating to transportation fuel distribution infrastructure, and new alternative distribution infrastructure.

(Sec. 4404) Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on challenges inherent in increasing: (1) the proportion of diesel fuel sold in the United States that is biodiesel to 2.5 %; and (2) transportation fuels sold in the United States with biogas or a blend of biogas and natural gas fuel to 5 %.

Requires the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to make publicly available the physical property data and characterization of biodiesel in order to encourage the establishment of standards that will promote their utilization in the transportation and fuel delivery system.

(Sec. 4406) Directs the Secretary to establish at least five bioresearch centers that focus on biofuels.

(Sec. 4407) Directs the Secretary to provide grants for research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of biofuel production in certain states with low rates of ethanol, including cellulosic biomass ethanol, production.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2010.

(Sec. 4408) Directs the Secretary to establish such programs of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application: (1) for biorefinery energyefficiency; and (2) on technologies and processes to enable biorefineries that exclusively use corn grain or corn starch as a feedstock to produce ethanol to be retrofitted to accept a range of biomass, including lignocellulosic feedstocks.

(Sec. 4409) Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on: (1) increasing consumption of ethanol-blended gasoline with levels of ethanol between 10% and 40%; (2) whether optimizing flexible fueled vehicles to use e-85 fuel would increase the fuel efficiency of flexible fueled vehicles; and (3) engine durability and performance associated with the use of biodiesel.

(Sec. 4412) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2010, and increases appropriations for bioenergy research and development.

(Sec. 4413) Instructs the Secretary to establish research and development programs in: (1) environmental science, including development of cellulosic and other feedstocks that are less resource and land intensive; (2) development of tools to facilitate analysis of lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions; and (3) small-scale production, local, and on-farm use of biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks.

(Sec. 4414) Directs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) study and report to Congress on optimization of biogas used in natural gas vehicles; (2) develop standards for biofuel dispenser systems; (3) report to certain congressional committees on the progress of research and development on the use of algae as a feedstock for biofuels production; and (4) establish a university based research and development grant program for renewable energy technologies. Authorizes appropriations for the latter program.

Subtitle F: Carbon Capture and Storage - Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2007 - (Sec. 4502) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to include within the carbon capture and storage program large-scale testing of carbon sequestration systems in a range of geological formations.

Authorizesappropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 4503) Directs the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on the results of review and oversight by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of large-scale research and development programs regarding carbon dioxide sequestration testing and capture.

(Sec. 4504) Directs the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a research program to determine procedures necessary to protect public health, safety, and the environment from impacts that may be associated with capture, injection, and sequestration of greenhouse gases in subterranean reservoirs. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 4505) Instructs the Secretary of Energy to arrange with the NAS to study for a report to Congress on geological sequestration science training and research. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008.

Directs the Secretary to award four-year grants to colleges and universities for integrated geological carbonsequestration science program. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 4506) Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a university-based research and development program to study carbon capture and sequestration using the various types of coal; and (2) award grants to such institutions to study carbon capture and sequestration in conjunction with the recovery of oil and other enhanced elemental and mineral recovery. Authorizes appropriations.

Subtitle G: Global Change Research - Global Change Research and Data Management Act of 2007 - Part 1: Global Change Research - (Sec. 4613) Directs the President to: (1) establish an interagency committee to ensure cooperation and coordination of all federal research activities pertaining to processes of global change; (2) establish an interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program (Program) to provide periodic assessments of the vulnerability of the United States and other regions to global and regional climate change; (3) develop a National GlobalChange Research and Assessment Plan to implement such Program; (4) submit a global climate change assessment to Congress every five years; and (5) enter into a joint agreement with the National Academy of Public Administration and the NAS to evaluate governmental efforts regarding global and regional climate change.

(Sec. 4620) Directs the President to: (1) ensure that relevant research, assessment, and outreach activities of the National Climate Program (under the National Climate Program Act) are considered in developing national global and regional climate change research and assessment efforts; and (2) establish a Global Change Research Information Exchange to make scientific information produced by the Program electronically accessible.

(Sec. 4621) Repeals the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

(Sec. 4623) Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to arrange with the NAS to study and report to Congress on: (1) the ice sheet melt, with implications for global sea level rise; and (2) impacts of climate change on patterns of hurricane and typhoon development, including storm intensity, track, and frequency, and the implications for hurricane-prone and typhoon-prone coastal regions.

Part 2: Climate and Other Global Change Data Management - (Sec. 4633) Directs the President to establish an interagency climate and other global change data management working group to make recommendations for coordinating federal climate and other global change data management and archiving activities.

Subtitle H: H-Prize - (Sec. 4701) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to implement a cash prize (H-Prize) program to advance research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of hydrogen energy technologies.

Authorizes appropriations for such program for FY2008-FY2017.

Title V: Agriculture Energy - (Sec. 5001) Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to revise requirements for the renewable energy research and development program.

(Sec. 5002) Revises requirements for federal agency procurement of biobased products. Requires the highest percentage of biobased products practicable, which receive procurement preference, to be composed of at least 5% of intermediate ingredients and feedstocks (such as biopolymers, methyl soyate, and soy polyols) as designated by the Secretary.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to use certain Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for FY2008-FY2012 for bio-product testing and to support ongoing operations of the Designation Program, the Voluntary Labeling Program, procurement program models, and procurement research, promotion, education, and awareness of the BioPreferred Program.

(Sec. 5003) Directs the Secretary to make loan guarantees of up to 90% of loans up to specified maximums to assist in the cost of developing and constructing biorefineries and biofuel production plants. Specifies certain CCC funds for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 5004) Requires the Secretary to make certain funds available for FY2008-FY2012 for the biodiesel fuel education program.

(Sec. 5005) Authorizes appropriations through FY2012 for the energy audit and renewable energy development program.

(Sec. 5006) Renames the loan, grant, and loan guarantee program for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements the rural energy for America program, and extends such financial assistance to the production and sale of electricity generated by new renewable energy systems. Increases the maximum amount of combined grant and loan for an activity from 50% to 75% of its cost. Sets $25 million as the maximum amount of a loan guarantee. Requires the Secretary to give the greatest priority for grants to activities for which the least percentage of the total cost of such activities is requested by the farmer, rancher, other agricultural producer, or rural smallbusiness.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance to such a recipient to conduct a feasibility study of a project for which assistance may also be provided.

Specifies CCC funds available for such program for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 5007) Revises the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 to: (1) emphasize biomass fuels; and (2) make specified CCC funds available for programs and activities under such Act for FY2008-FY2012 (with continuation of operations through FY2017).

(Sec. 5008) Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to revise requirements for the bioenergy program. Extends the meaning of bioenergy to: (1) production of heat and power at a biofuels plant; (2) biomass gasification; (3) hydrogen made from cellulosic commodities for fuel cells; and (4) renewable diesel. Makes specified CCC funds available for the program for FY2008-FY2012 (with continuation of operations through FY2017).

(Sec. 5009) Extends the authorization of appropriations through FY 2012 for biobased energy research, extension, and educational programs.

(Sec. 5010) Instructs the Secretary to establish an energy council to coordinate the energy policy of the Department of Agriculture and consult with other federal departments and agencies.

(Sec. 5011) Directs the Secretary, working through the Forest Service, to conduct a competitive research and development program to encourage new forest-to-energy (forest bioenergy) technologies. Makes specified CCC funds available for the program for FY2008-FY2012.

(Sec. 5012) Directs the Secretary to purchase eligible commodities from eligible entities and sell them to bioenergy producers in a manner that ensures that certain statutory requirements are operated at no cost to the federal government by avoiding forfeitures to the CCC.

Title VI: Carbon-Neutral Government - Carbon-Neutral Government Act of 2007 - Subtitle A: Federal Government Inventory and Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions - (Sec.6001) - Requires each federal agency to inventory and report annually to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) its greenhouse gas emissions for the preceding fiscal year.

Requires the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture to include as a discrete category in any inventory the net biological sequestration or emission of greenhouse gases related to human activities and associated with land managed by either the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the Forest Service.

(Sec. 6102) Requires the EPA Administrator to: (1) promulgate annual reduction targets for each federal agency to meet as well as the total quantity of greenhouse gas emissions expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents, of all agencies, taken collectively, for each of FY2010-FY2050. Requires each agency to develop and submit to the EPA Administrator a plan for achieving its annual reduction targets and implement it

Directs the Forest Service, the BLM, the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study, identify, and report to Congress on management strategies with the greatest potential to: (1) enhance net biological sequestration of greenhouse gases on federal lands they manage while avoiding harmful effects on other environmental values; and (2) reduce negative impacts of global warming on biodiversity, water supplies, forest health, biological sequestration and storage, and related values.

(Sec. 6103) Directs the Comptroller General to issue the report requested by Congress on May 17, 2007, regarding markets for greenhouse gas emissions offsets.

Authorizes federal executive agencies and legislative branch offices, in a pilot program, to purchase in open market transactions complying with all applicable procurement requirements qualified greenhouse gas offsets (real, additional, verifiable, enforceable, and permanent domestic reduction or sequestration of greenhouse gas emissions) and qualified renewable energy certificates (representing a specific amount of energy generated by a renewable energy project that is real, additional, and verifiable).

Directs the EPA Administrator to establish, for executive agencies, criteria for such offsets and certificates. Authorizes funds for FY2009-FY2010 for such project.

(Sec. 6105) Declares that this Act does not preempt or limit state authority to take any action to address global warming.

(Sec. 6107) Authorizes appropriations.

Subtitle B: Federal Government Energy Efficiency - (Sec. 6201) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to set forth vehicle efficiency requirements for federal fleets.

Prohibits federal agencies from acquiring light duty motor vehicles or medium duty passenger vehicles that are not low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles.

(Sec. 6202) Requires each federal agency that owns, operates, maintains, or otherwise funds infrastructure, assets, or personnel to provide delivery of fuel to its operations to apply activity-based cost accounting principles to estimate the fully burdened cost of fuel for analyses (for mobility acquisitions) and decisions regarding energy-demanding activities.

(Sec. 6203) Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA) to require the General Services Administration (GSA) or the Defense Logistics Agency to list in their catalogues, and represent as available, only Energy Star products or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated products for all product categories covered by the Energy Star or FEMP programs.

(Sec. 6204) Amends the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) to instruct the Secretary of Energy to establish certain revised federal building energy efficiency performance standards requiring new federal buildings and federal buildings undergoing renovations to: (1) meet specified graduated fossil fuel-generating energy consumption reduction levels between FY2010 and FY2030; and (2) identify a certification system and level for green buildings most likely to encourage a comprehensive andenvironmentally-sound approach to certification of green buildings.

(Sec. 6205) Amends NECPA to require each federal agency to ensure that any large capital energy investment in an existing building that is not a major renovation but involves replacement of installed equipment, or involves renovation, rehabilitation, expansion, or remodeling of existing space, employs the most energy efficient designs, systems, equipment, and controls that are lifecycle cost effective.

Requires each federal agency to provide for equivalent metering of natural gas, steam, chilled water, and water, in accordance with specified guidelines.

(Sec. 6206) Prohibits any federal agency, except in specified circumstances, from entering into a new contract to lease space in a building that has not earned the Energy Star label in the most recent year.

(Sec. 6207) Prohibits any federal agency from entering into a contract for procurement of an alternative or synthetic fuel for any mobility-related use, otherthan for research or testing, unless the contract specifies that the associated lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions must be less than or equal to emissions from equivalent conventional fuel produced from conventional petroleum sources.

(Sec. 6208) Limits to 30 years the period for which a GSA contract for renewable energy may be made. Excludes energy generated from municipal waste from consideration as renewable energy.

(Sec. 6209) Requires: (1) any federal agency subject to this Act to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an annual government efficiency status report on its implementation of initiatives to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and (2) the OMB Director to report a summary of such information , including an annual energy scorecard, to certain congressional committees.

(Sec. 6211) Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 6212) Makes any nondiscretionary act or duty under this title eligible for judicial review.>

Subtitle C: Telework Enhancement - Telework Enhancement Act of 2007 - (Sec. 6302) Sets forth federal government telework requirements, including those for: (1) agency training and monitoring; and (2) establishment of agency Telework Managing Offices.

(Sec. 6305) Directs the Comptroller General to establish a system of annual telework agency ratings.

Title VII: Natural Resources Committee Provisions - Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007 - Subtitle A: Energy Policy Act of 2005 Reforms - (Sec. 7101) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) establish a cost recovery fee for oil and gas drilling permits on federal lands; and (2) charge a temporary cost recovery fee of $1,700 until such fee is established.

Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to repeal the authority for the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Fund.

(Sec. 7102) Extends from 30 to 45 days after an applicant for a permit to drill on an oil and gas lease has submitted a complete application the deadline for the Secretary to issue or defer the permit.

(Sec. 7103) Revises requirements for oil shale and tar sands leasing.

Requires the Secretary of the Interior to prepare an oil shale and tar sands leasing and development strategy to: (1) allow for sustainable and publicly acceptable large-scale development of oil shale within the Green River Formation; and (2) provide a basis for decisions regarding federal support for research and other activities to achieve that result.

(Sec. 7104) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, in managing their respective public lands under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), to adhere to regulations regarding categorical exclusions issued by the Council on Environmental Quality.

(A categorical exclusion under NEPA for oil and gas exploration and development activities is a category of actions which do not individuallyor cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment, have been found to have no such effect in agency compliance procedures, and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.).

(Sec. 7105) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to amend best management practices guidelines governing oil and gas development on federal lands to: (1) require public review and comment before waiving any stipulation of an oil and gas lease; and (2) create an incentive for oil and gas operators to adopt best management practices that minimize adverse impacts to wildlife habitat.

(Sec. 7106) Federal Consistency Appeals Decision Refinement Act - Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to modify: (1) the deadline for federal consistency appeals; and (2) the closing of the decision period.

Subtitle B: Federal Energy Public Accountability, Integrity, and Public Interest - Chapter 1: Accountability and Integrity in the Federal Energy Program - (Sec. 7201) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to ensure that by FY2009 the Minerals Management Service shall perform no less that 550 audits of oil and gas leases each fiscal year.

(Sec. 7202) Amends the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 to revise civil and administrative penalties for violations relating to federal oil and gas royalties, including lease administration. Prescribes criminal penalties for theft of oil or gas and related offenses.

Chapter 2: Amendments to Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 - (Sec. 7212) Amends the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 to revise requirements governing: (1) interest; (2) obligation period; (3) tolling agreements and subpoenas; and (4) liability for royalty payments.

Chapter 3: Public Interest in the Federal Energy Program - (Sec. 7221) Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from authorizing exploration and drilling on lands where title to oil and gas resources is federally owned, but not the title to the surface estate, until the operator has filed a specified surface owner protection agreement.

(Sec. 7222) Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to set forth requirements governing: (1) reclamation and bonding for onshore oil and gas; and (2) water resources protection.

(Sec. 7224) Directs such Secretary to establish a due diligence fee for federal onshore lands subject to a lease for oil, natural gas, or coal production, but upon which no production is occurring.

Chapter 4: Wind Energy - (Sec. 7231) Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to convene or utilize an existing Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee to study and make recommendations for avoiding or minimizing impacts to wildlife habitats related to land-based wind energy facilities.

(Sec. 7232) Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2015 to study wind energy impact on wildlife.

(Sec. 7233) Instructs the Secretary to enforce specified laws that address adverse impacts upon wildlife related to wind projects.

States that this Act does not preempt state law or regulation regarding: (1) wind projects sites; or (2) consideration or review of environmental impacts of wind projects.

Chapter 5: Enhancing Energy Transmission - (Sec. 7241) Directs the Secretary of Energy, acting through the Administrator of the Bonneville Area Power Marketing Administration in consultation with the Western Area Power Marketing Administration, and in coordination with regional transmission entities, to analyze and report to certain congressional committees on whether the existing capacity of transmission systems serving California, Oregon, and Washington is adequate for development and commercial operation of ocean wave, tidal, and current energy projects in state and federal marine waters adjacent to those states.

Subtitle C: Alternative Energy and Efficiency - (Sec. 7301) Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to eligible coastal states to support voluntary state efforts to survey portions of coastal state and adjacent federal waters to identify potential areas suitable or unsuitable for the exploration, development, and production of alternative energy, consistent with the enforceable policies of coastal management plans. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 7302) Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress on the potential for developing rights-of-way along Bureau of Reclamation canals and infrastructure for solar or wind energy production through leasing of land or other means.

(Sec. 7303) Amends the Water Desalination Act of 1996 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) implement a research program to improve the energy efficiency of reverse osmosis technology for water desalination, water contamination, and water recycling; and (2) report to Congress on technologies likely to improve energy techniques at desalination and recycling facilities, and on the economic viability of energy efficiency technologies.

(Sec. 7304) Establishes a pilot program for development of strategic solar reserves on federal lands to promote commercial solar electric energy systems.

(Sec. 7305) Instructs the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue regulations that implement NOAA's authority to license offshore thermal energy conversion facilities.

(Sec. 7306) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to convert the current biomass commercial use grant program into a Biomass Utilization Pilot Program, involving ten different forest types on federal lands, under which the Secretary concerned (either the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior) will provide technical assistance and grants to persons to support specified biomass-related activities.

Requires the Secretary concerned to develop a study to determine the long-term, ecologically sustainable, biomass supply available in a pilot program area.>

Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 7307) Directs the Secretaries of Commerce and of the Interior to prepare jointly programmatic environmental impact statements containing all required elements regarding the impacts of the deployment of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies in domestic navigable waters.

Subtitle D: Carbon Capture and Climate Change Mitigation - Chapter 1: Geological Sequestration Assessment - National Carbon Dioxide Storage Capacity Assessment Act of 2007 - (Sec. 7402) Directs the Secretary the Interior to develop a methodology for conducting a national assessment of capacity for carbon dioxide. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Chapter 2: Terrestrial Sequestration Assessment - (Sec. 7421) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to report to certain congressional committees on: (1) an assessment of the amount of carbon stored in terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal ecosystems; (2) the processes that control the flux of carbon in and out of each ecosystem; (3) the potential for increasing carbon sequestration in natural systems through management measures or restoration activities; and (4) adaptation strategies to enhance carbon sequestration in each ecosystem.

(Sec. 7424) Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.

Chapter 3: Sequestration Activities - (Sec. 7431) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the BLM, to maintain an inventory of the amount of carbon dioxide stored from federal energy leases.

(Sec. 7432) Directs such Secretary to report to certain congressional committees on a recommended regulatory and certification framework for conducting geological carbon sequestration activities on federal lands.

Chapter 4: Natural Resources and Wildlife Programs - Subchapter A: Natural Resources Management and Climate Change - (Sec. 7441) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish a National Resources Management Council on Climate Change to address the impact of climate change on federal lands, ocean environment, and federal water infrastructure.

Subchapter B: National Policy and Strategy for Wildlife - Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act - (Sec. 7452) Declares U.S. policy on wildlife and global warming.

(Sec. 7454) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) promulgate a national strategy to assist wildlife populations in adapting to the impacts of global warming; (2) establish a science advisory board with expertise in wildlife biology, ecology, and climate change; and (3) establish the National Global Warming and Wildlife Science Center within the U.S. Geological Survey.

(Sec. 7456) Sets forth an appropriations allocation scheme to support such activities.

Subchapter C: State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program - (Sec. 7461) Authorizes establishment of a State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program to provide wildlife conservation grants to states, the District of Columbia, federally recognized Indian tribes, and to U.S. possessions and territories. Sets forth a funding allocation scheme. Authorizes appropriations.

Chapter 5: Ocean Programs - (Sec. 7471) Directs the Secretary of Commerce to develop and implement a national strategy to support coastal state and federal efforts to: (1) predict, plan, and mitigate the impacts upon ocean and coastal ecosystems from global warming, relative sea level rise, and ocean acidification; and (2) ensure the recovery and health of ocean and coastal ecosystems. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 7472) Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a coastal climate change resiliency planning and response program to: (1) assist coastal states to develop coastal climate change resiliency plans; and (2) provide financial and technical assistance, including grants to states, for implementation of such plans.

(Sec. 7473) National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation Act of 2007 - Instructs the President to establish a National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System to fulfill international obligations to contribute to the global earth observation system and to the global ocean observing system.

Subtitle E: Royalties Under Offshore Oil and Gas Leases - Royalty Relief for American Consumers Act of 2007 - (Sec. 7502) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to agree to a request by any lessee to amend any lease issued for any Central and Western Gulf of Mexico tract during the period of January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1999, to incorporate specified price thresholds applicable to specified royalty suspension provisions.

(Sec. 7503) Reaffirms the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to vary, based on the price of production from a lease, the suspension of royalties under certain leases.

(Sec. 7504) Prohibits such Secretary from issuing any new lease authorizing oil or natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico unless certain conditions are met.

Directs the Secretary to establish conservation of resources fees, according to specified terms, for both producing and nonproducing federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

(Sec. 7505) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal requirements for: (1) incentives relating to natural gas production from deep wells in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico; and (2) royalty relief for deep water production in the Gulf of Mexico

Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to repeal the Secretary's authority to promote development or increased production or encourage production of marginal resources on producing or nonproducing leases in Planning Areas offshore Alaska.

Amends the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976, with respect to the program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the Naval Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, to repeal: (1) terms for renewal of nonproducing leases; and (2) specified exploration incentive authority.

Subtitle F: Additional Provisions - (Sec. 7601) Establishes the Oil Shale Community Impact Assistance Fund to assist impacted counties with planning, construction, and maintenance of public facilities and services. Defines impacted county as a county where land subject to a commercial oil shale lease is located.

(Sec. 7602) Requires the Secretary of the Interior, at least 45 days before offering lands for lease under the Mineral Leasing Act, to provide notice of the proposed leasing activity in writing to the holders of special recreation permits for commercial use, competitive events, and other organized activities on the lands being offered for lease. Requires the Secretary also to treat holders of conservation easements or similar property interests in the surface estate of leasing-eligible lands as surface estate owners, as long as they have informed the Secretary of such interests.

(Sec. 7604) Requires the Secretary to include a prohibition of surface occupancy for oil or gas exploration or development purposes in each lease for certain federal lands in Colorado (Roan Plateau) that were formerly designated as Naval Oil Shale Reserves 1 and 3.

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the total amounts received by the United States under leases on such lands.

Requires the Secretary of the Interior to report to the appropriate congressional committees on U.S. expenditures for environmental restoration, waste management, and environmental compliance activities with respect to the lands, as well as any further actions needed to complete such activities.

(Sec. 7605) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to submit a status report to Congress on certain regulations governing production of wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Title VIII: Transportation and Infrastructure - Transportation Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation Act of 2007 - (Sec. 8002) Sets forth purposes of this Act, including to strengthen national energy security and mitigate the effects of climate change by promoting energy efficient transportation and public buildings, to create incentives for the use of alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy, and to ensure sound water resource and natural disaster preparedness planning.

Subtitle A: Department of Transportation - Part 1: Public Transportation - (Sec. 8101) Establishes in the Department of Transportation (DOT) a Center for Climate Change and Environment to plan, coordinate, and implement efforts to reduce transportation-related energy use and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008 through FY2011.

Subtitle B: Highways and Transit - (Sec. 8201) Authorizes additional funding for FY2008 and FY2009 for urbanized and non-urbanized area formula grants to improve public transportation services. Sets the federal share of grant costs at 100%.

(Sec. 8202) Amends federal transportation law to increase the federal share of costs for a grant to acquire clean fuel or alternative fuel vehicle-related equipment or facilities for purposes of compliance with the Clean Air Act to 100% (under current law, 90%).

(Sec. 8203) Authorizes a public transportation authority or a rail carrier to apply to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for nonbinding mediation if the public transportation authority cannot reach an agreement with the rail carrier to: (1) use trackage of, and have related services provided by, the rail carrier for purposes of fixed guideway transportation; or (2) acquire an interest in a railroad right-of-way for the construction and operation of a segregated fixed guideway facility.

(Sec. 8204) Directs the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to: (1) establish and implement a pilot program to carry out vanpool demonstration projects in a specified number of urbanized and non-urbanized areas; and (2) report to Congress on such projects.

Part 2: Federal-Aid Highways - (Sec. 8251) Amends federalhighway law to increase the federal share of costs for congestion mitigation and air quality (CMAQ) projects to 100% (under current law, 80%).

(Sec. 8252) Sets forth a process for the distribution to states of unobligated federal-aid highway fund amounts that have been rescinded after enactment of this Act.

(Sec. 8253) Expresses the sense of Congress that state and local governments should, in constructing new roadways or rehabilitating existing facilities, employ policies designed to accommodate all users, including motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and people of all ages and abilities.

Subtitle C: Railroad and Pipeline Transportation - Part 1: Railroads - (Sec. 8301) Directs the Secretary to establish programs for: (1) purchasing hybrid locomotives, including hybrid switch locomotives; and (2) rehabilitating, preserving, or improving railroad tracks. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008 through FY2011.

Part 2: Pipelines - (Sec. 8311) Directs the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the Secretary, to conduct, and report to Congress on, feasibility studies for the construction of pipeline dedicated to the transportation of ethanol. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008 and FY2009.

Subtitle D: Maritime Transportation - Part 1: General Provisions - (Sec. 8401) Amends federal shipping law to direct the Secretary to establish a short sea transportation program (carriage by vessel of passengers and cargo from one U.S. port to another U.S. or Canadian port) to mitigate landside congestion. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008 through FY2011.

(Sec. 8402) Allows a U.S. citizen who owns a vessel and has an agreement with the Secretary of Commerce or the Secretary, whichever is applicable, to establish a capital construction fund to provide replacement vessels, additional vessels, or reconstructed vessels, built in the United States and documented under the laws of the United States for operation in short sea transportation trade.

(Sec. 8403) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on the short sea transportation program.

Part 2: Maritime Pollution - (Sec. 8453) Amends the Prevent Pollution from Ships Act (the Act) to apply provisions of Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (Convention) relating to emissions from ships to non-U.S. ships that enter, depart from, or are in U.S. ports, shipyards, offshore terminals, navigable waters, specified emission control areas, or the U.S. exclusive economic zone.

Makes the Act applicable to all persons to ensure compliance with Annex VI to the Convention.

(Sec. 8454) Defines certain duties of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to the administration and enforcement of Annex VI to the Convention.

(Sec. 8455) Grants the EPA Administrator certain authorities, including to: (1) issue certificates to ships under the MARPOL Protocol to the Convention; (2) prescribe with theSecretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating regulations that set forth criteria for determining the adequacy of ports and terminals (reception facilities) to receive ozone depleting substances and exhaust gas cleaning residues from ships and that certify that such facilities are adequate to receive such substances in accordance with the MARPOL Protocol, this Act, or such regulations; (3) take enforcement action against ships that have been inspected and found not in compliance with Annex VI to the Convention; (4) consult with the Secretary of State with respect to proposed amendments to the Convention; and (5) subject violators of the MARPOL Protocol, Annex IV to the Antarctic Protocol, or regulations issued under this Act to certain penalties.

Revises provisions to authorize the Secretary in the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to: (1) deny entry of a ship to a reception facility required by the MARPOL Protocol, this Act, or regulations issued under this Act tobe adequate to receive such substances or residues from such ship if the reception facility is not in compliance with such Protocol, Act, or regulations; and (2) inspect a ship to verify if it is in compliance with Annex VI to the Convention.

Subtitle E: Aviation - (Sec. 8501) Directs the Secretary to establish a pilot program to carry out not more than six environmental mitigation demonstration projects to measurably reduce or mitigate aviation impacts on noise, air quality, or water quality at public-use airports. Sets the federal share of project costs at 50%.

Subtitle F: Public Buildings - Part 1: General Services Administration - (Sec. 8601) Requires the Administrator of General Services to include in a prospectus for the construction, alteration, or acquisition of any building or space to be leased an estimate of the future energy performance of the building or space and a specific description of the use of energy efficient and renewable energy systems, including photovoltaic systems, in carrying out the project. Requires the Administrator, with respect to space to be leased, to include minimum performance requirements requiring energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.

Requires: (1) each public building constructed, altered, or acquired by the Administrator to be equipped with energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs; and (2) fixtures and bulbs in public buildings that are replaced in the normal course of maintenance to be replaced with fixtures and bulbs that are energy efficient. Sets forth factors for the Administrator to consider in making a determination concerning the feasibility of installing an energy efficient bulb or fixture. Makes acquisitions of bulbs and fixtures subject to the requirements of the Buy America Act.

Authorizes the Administrator to contract for public utility services for a period of no more than 30 years if doing so is cost effective and necessary to promote the use of energy efficient and renewable energy systems.>

Requires the Administrator to include in the solicitation for any lease requiring a prospectus an evaluation factor considering the extent to which the offeror will promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.

(Sec. 8602) Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to require the Secretary of Energy to establish methods for estimating and comparing life cycle costs for federal buildings, using the sum of all capital and operating expenses associated with the energy system of the building involved over the shorter of the expected life of such system or 40 (currently 25) years.

(Sec. 8603) Requires the Administrator to install a photovoltaic system, as set forth in the Sun Wall Design Project, for the Department of Energy's headquarters, commonly known as the Forrestal Building. Authorizes funding.

Part 2: Coast Guard - (Sec. 8631) Prohibits a general service incandescent lamp from being purchased or installed in a Coast Guard facility (excluding a vessel or aircraft) on or after January 1, 2009, except: (1) when necessary due to the purpose or design; (2) when reasonable due to the architectural or historical value of a light fixture; and (3) when the Commandant of the Coast Guard determines that operations requirements necessitate the use of a such a lamp.

Part 3: Architect of the Capitol - (Sec. 8651) Authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to perform a feasibility study regarding construction of a photovoltaic roof for the Rayburn House Office Building and report to specified congressional committees. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 8652) Requires the Architect to construct a fuel tank and pumping system for E-85 fuel at or near the Capitol Grounds Fuel Station. Requires such tank and system to be available for use by all legislative branch vehicles capable of operating with such fuel. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 8553) Requires the Architect to include energy efficiency measures, climate change mitigation measures, and other environmental measures in the Capitol Complex Master Plan.

(Sec. 8654) Requires the Architect to install technologies for the capture and storage or use of carbon dioxide emitted from the Capitol Power plant in the District of Columbia as a result of burning coal.

(Sec. 8655) Requires the Architect to: (1) take steps to operate the steam boilers and chiller plant at the Capitol Power Plant in the most energy efficient manner possible to minimize carbon emissions and operating costs; and (2) report, in conjunction with the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, to specified congressional committees on the actions taken and the energy efficiencies achieved.

Subtitle G: Water Resources and Emergency Management Preparedness - Part 1: Water Resources - (Sec. 8701) Declares as U.S. Policy that all federal water resources projects: (1) reflect national priorities for flood damage reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration, and hazard mitigation and consider the future impacts of increased hurricanes, droughts, and other climate change-related weather events; (2) avoid the unwise use of flood plains, minimize vulnerabilities in any case in which a flood plain must be used, protect and restore the extent and functions of natural systems, and mitigate any unavoidable damage to aquatic natural system; and (3) avoid impacts to wetlands, help filter water, serve as recharge areas for aquifers, reduce floods and erosion, and provide plant and animal habitat.

(Sec. 8702) Establishes the 21st Century Water Commission to: (1) project future water supply and demand and impacts of climate change to our nation's flood risk, water availability, and water quality; (2) study current water management programs directed at increasing water supplies and improving the availability, reliability, and quality of freshwater resources and evaluate such programs' hazard mitigation strategies and contingency planning in light of climate change impacts; and (3) develop recommendationsfor a comprehensive water strategy.

Requires such a strategy to: (1) recognize the primary role of states in adjudicating, administering, and regulating water rights and water uses; (2) identify incentives intended to ensure a water supply that meets U.S. needs for the next 50 years; (3) eliminate duplication and conflict among federal governmental programs; (4) consider all available technologies and other methods to optimize water supply reliability, availability, and quality, while safeguarding and enhancing the environment and planning for the potential impacts of climate change on water quality, water supply, flood and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem health; (5) recommend means of capturing excess water and flood water for conservation and use in the event of a drought; (6) identify adaptation techniques for effectively conserving freshwater and coastal systems as they respond to climate change; (7) suggest financing options, incentives, and strategies for development of comprehensive water management plans, holistically designed water resources projects, conservation of existing water resources infrastructure (except drinking water infrastructure) and for increasing the use of nonstructural elements; (8) suggest strategies for avoiding increased mandates on state and local governments; (9) suggest strategies for using best available climate science in projections of future flood and drought risk, and for developing hazard mitigation strategies to protect water quality, in extreme weather conditions caused by climate change; (10) identify policies that encourage low impact development, especially in areas near high priority aquatic systems; (11) suggest strategies for encouraging the use of nonstructural elements; (12) suggest strategies for addressing increased sewage overflow problems; (13) promote environmental restoration projects that reestablish natural processes; and (14) promote and create regional planning.

Requires the Commission to submit a report containing its findings, conclusions, and recommendations for legislation and other policies to the President and specified congressional committees. Terminates the Commission 30 days after the submission of such report. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 8703) Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enter into an arrangement for the National Academy of Sciences to: (1) produce a study on the potential impacts of climate change on water resources and water quality; (2) assess the extent to which federal and state efforts under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and other ocean and coastal laws may be affected by climate change; (3) identify steps to assess emerging information and identify appropriate response actions to meet the requirements of such Act; and (4) recommend potential legislative or regulatory changes to address impacts of global climate change on efforts to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 8704) Requires the Secretary of the Army to: (1) ensure that Corps of Engineers' water resources projects and studies take into account the potential effects of climate change; and (2) utilize a representative range of climate change scenarios, including the current projections of the United States Global Change Research Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Requires the Secretary to report to specified congressional committees on such projects.

Part 2: Emergency Management - (Sec. 8731) Requires the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to study and report to specified congressional committees on the increase in demand for FEMA's emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs and services that may be reasonably anticipated as a result of an increased number and intensity of natural disasters affected by climate change.

Title IX: Energy and Commerce - Subtitle A: Promoting Energy Efficiency - Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2007 - Part 1: Appliance Efficiency - (Sec. 9001) - Establishes new Energy Factors for home appliances manufactured on or after specified dates, including dehumidifiers, residential clotheswashers, and dishwashers.

Requires a final rule by a certain date on whether to amend current energy standards for refrigerators and freezers manufactured on or after a certain date.

Revises Energy Star program requirements to move up from January 1, 2010, to July 1, 2009, the effective date of new qualifying levels the Secretary of Energy must establish for clothes washers by January 1, 2008.

(Sec. 9002) Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to redefine electric motors as general purpose electric motors (subtype I and subtype II), and prescribe nominal full load efficiency standards for them.

(Sec. 9003) Prescribes design requirements for residential boilers.

(Sec. 9004) Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to establish regionalstandards for space heating and air conditioning products, other than window-unit air-conditioners and portable space heaters.

(Sec. 9005) Amends EPCA to: (1) eliminate the advance notice and invitation to comment requirement from the procedure for prescribing new or amended energy conservation standards; (2) authorize the Secretary of Energy to issue a direct final rule based on a joint recommendation on energy or water conservation standards submitted by manufacturers, states, and efficiency advocates; (3) subject single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps to specified standards; and (4) redefine energy conservation standard.

(Sec. 9009) Revises: (1) the schedule for updating consumer appliance standards; and (2) test procedures for updating appliances.

(Sec. 9011) Directs the Secretary of Energy to the Secretary prescribe energy conservation or use standards for electricity used for purposes of circulating air (by furnace fans) through duct work.

(Sec. 9013) Sets forth: (1) federal purchasing requirements for energy efficient standby power devices; (2) external power supply efficiency standards; (3) required test procedure amendments for including standby mode energy use; and (4) standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers.

(Sec. 9016) Directs

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