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Industrial Energy Efficiency Research and Development Act of 2007

Passed by the House on October 22, 2007.

Cleared the Full Committtee by voice vote on October 16, 2007, as amended.

Bill Summary and Status

Section-by-Section

Section 1. Short Title

“The Industrial Energy Efficiency Research and Development Act of 2007”

Section 2. Findings

The U.S. Industrial sector accounts for more energy use (32 %) than the residential, commercial, or transportation sectors. Industries have almost reached optimal energy efficiencies and new innovations and technologies’ research, development, and demonstration are necessary to increase energy efficiency and diversify energy and feedstock sources.

Section 3. Industrial Technologies Program

Establishes a program within the Department of Energy to work with energy-intensive industries, industry trade associations, and institutions of higher education to conduct cost-shared research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities for new innovations and technologies to enhance industrial efficiency and economic competitiveness of U.S. industrial sector.

Defines the activities of the program to include: research to improve the quality and quantity of feedstocks recovered from waste streams; to develop alternative resources for use as industrial feedstocks; developing alternative energy sources to supply heat and power for energy-intensive industries; and achieve overall energy efficiency in manufacturing processes.

Section 4. University-Based Industrial Research and Assessment Centers

Requires the Secretary to fund University-based Industrial Research and Assessment Centers to aid small and medium sized manufacturers by identifying opportunities to optimize their energy efficiency and improve environmental performance through advanced technologies, to serve as a resource for technical data, and to train engineering and research students to conduct energy assessments. 

Section 5. Authorization of Appropriations

$150 million is authorized for each fiscal year 2009-2013.

110th Congress