Energy and Water Research Integration Act
Passed the House on December 1, 2009.
Reported (as amended) by the Full Committee on October 7, 2009
Reported (as amended) by the Energy and Environment Subommittee on September 30, 2009
Introduced in the House on September 17, 2009
Section 1: Short Title – “Energy and Water Research Integration Act”
Section 2: “Integrating Energy and Water Research” requires that the Secretary of Energy recognize the link between our energy and water resources and integrate energy-related water issues into the Department’s existing research, development and demonstration programs. As part of that authority DOE shall 1) advance technologies and practices that help use our energy and water resources more efficiently and effectively, 2) consider the effects climate change may have on our energy and water resources, and 3) improve the understanding of the energy required to provide water supplies and the water required to provide reliable energy supplies. The bill authorizes $60 million annually for this section for FY 2011-FY 2015.
Section 3: “Energy-Water Architecture Council” (EWAC) directs the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with other relevant federal agencies, to establish EWAC to provide improved energy and water resource data collection, reporting and technological innovation. EWAC will be led by DOE, but include representatives from industry and academic institutions who have expertise in technologies and practices relating to the link between our energy and water resources. The bill authorizes $5 million annually to the Secretary of Energy for five years (FY 2011-2015) to carry out this section.