Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 9, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. RUSH. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 2114) to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide Federal financial assistance to States to implement, review, and revise State energy security plans, and for other purposes.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.

The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 2114

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019''. SEC. 2. STATE ENERGY SECURITY PLANS.

(a) In General.--Part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 367. STATE ENERGY SECURITY PLANS.

``(a) In General.--Federal financial assistance made available to a State under this part may be used for the implementation, review, and revision of a State energy security plan that assesses the State's existing circumstances and proposes methods to strengthen the ability of the State, in consultation with owners and operators of energy infrastructure in such State, to--

``(1) secure the energy infrastructure of the State against all physical and cybersecurity threats;

``(2) mitigate the risk of energy supply disruptions to the State and enhance the response to, and recovery from, energy disruptions; and

``(3) ensure the State has a reliable, secure, and resilient energy infrastructure.

``(b) Contents of Plan.--A State energy security plan described in subsection (a) shall--

``(1) address all fuels, including petroleum products, other liquid fuels, coal, electricity, and natural gas, as well as regulated and unregulated energy providers;

``(2) provide a State energy profile, including an assessment of energy production, distribution, and end-use;

``(3) address potential hazards to each energy sector or system, including physical threats and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities;

``(4) provide a risk assessment of energy infrastructure and cross-sector interdependencies;

``(5) provide a risk mitigation approach to enhance reliability and end-use resilience; and

``(6) address multi-State, Indian Tribe, and regional coordination planning and response, and to the extent practicable, encourage mutual assistance in cyber and physical response plans.

``(c) Coordination.--In developing a State energy security plan under this section, the energy office of the State shall, to the extent practicable, coordinate with--

``(1) the public utility or service commission of the State;

``(2) energy providers from the private sector; and

``(3) other entities responsible for maintaining fuel or electric reliability.

``(d) Financial Assistance.--A State is not eligible to receive Federal financial assistance under this part, for any purpose, for a fiscal year unless the Governor of such State submits to the Secretary, with respect to such fiscal year--

``(1) a State energy security plan described in subsection (a) that meets the requirements of subsection (b); or

``(2) after an annual review of the State energy security plan by the Governor--

``(A) any necessary revisions to such plan; or

``(B) a certification that no revisions to such plan are necessary.

``(e) Technical Assistance.--Upon request of the Governor of a State, the Secretary may provide information and technical assistance, and other assistance, in the development, implementation, or revision of a State energy security plan.

``(f) Sunset.--This section shall expire on October 31, 2024.''.

(b) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 365(f) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6325(f)) is amended--

(1) by striking ``$125,000,000'' and inserting ``$90,000,000''; and

(2) by striking ``2007 through 2012'' and inserting ``2021 through 2025''.

(c) Technical and Conforming Amendments.--

(1) Conforming amendments.--Section 363 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6323) is amended--

(A) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (e); and

(B) by striking subsection (e).

(2) Technical amendment.--Section 366(3)(B)(i) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6326(3)(B)(i)) is amended by striking ``approved under section 367''.

(3) Reference.--The item relating to ``Department of Energy--Energy Conservation'' in title II of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1985 (42 U.S.C. 6323a) is amended by striking ``sections 361 through 366'' and inserting ``sections 361 through 367''.

(4) Table of sections.--The table of sections for part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended by adding at the end the following: ``Sec. 367. State energy security plans.''.

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Mr. RUSH. 2114.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2114, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019, and I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill.

Mr. Speaker, H.R. 2114 was introduced by myself and my good friend and colleague from Michigan, the ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee, Mr. Upton, and I want to thank my colleague for working with me to bring this bill to the floor today.

Mr. Speaker, this legislation would simply amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act by adding a new section authorizing States to utilize Federal funding received through the State Energy Program to implement, revise, and review a State energy security plan.

H.R. 2114 lays out eligibility requirements for the contents of a State energy security plan to receive assistance and requires the Governor of a State to submit a new plan, revisions to a plan, or to certify that no revisions to the plan are necessary to the Secretary of Energy every year.

These emergency plans have been vital to the States as they continue to improve their ability to identify potential energy disruptions, quantify the effects of disruptions, establish response plans, and limit the risk of further disturbances, whether they be natural or man- made.

Mr. Speaker, now more than ever, it is critical that we provide the resources for States to take even more of a prominent role in advancing smart and sustainable energy policy.

Since their inception in the 1970s, State energy programs, bolstered by Federal aid, have assisted States in developing much-needed energy efficiency and energy conservation measures. Some of these federally assisted initiatives that have been implemented by the States include, but are not limited to, establishing new partnerships to finance retrofit programs, managing loan programs, offering energy savings performance contracts, expanding the use of alternative fuels, and promoting distributed renewable energy.

Mr. Speaker, Federal funding and leadership have always been critical in helping States and local stakeholders identify the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies in times of emergencies, while also supporting training and response exercises.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is a product of a thoughtful and bipartisan negotiation process between Ranking Member Upton and myself to provide Federal guidance and resources to the States that are most vulnerable to critical energy infrastructure threats. Members on both sides of the aisle support the State Energy Program, and this legislation will help allocate additional resources to further develop and enhance State energy security plans.

Mr. Speaker, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.
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