CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 445 is being considered on the floor under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on January 1, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology, which took no official action.
H.R. 445 would establish a new competitive research, development, demonstration, and commercial application program to provide grants to carry out projects to advance the research and development and to demonstrate technologies for heavy duty plug-in hybrid vehicles. While the bill does not specify how many grants must be awarded each year, it caps the award at no more than $3 million per each recipient per year for each of the three years of the project.
The bill sets certain requirements for each grant recipient, including two phases that they must complete. Phase one requires the grant recipients to demonstrate advanced hybrid technology by producing or retrofitting one or more advanced heavy duty hybrid vehicles and submit a report on the vehicles specifications (including cost, emissions levels, etc). Recipients who successfully complete Phase one will be given two years to complete Phase two, requiring the grant recipients to demonstrate advanced manufacturing processes and technologies by producing or retrofitting fifty advanced heavy duty hybrid vehicles and submit a report analyzing the technology advances achieved, etc.
The bill requires the Secretary to conduct research into alternative power train designs for use in advanced heavy duty hybrid vehicles, and to report to Congress on the grant recipients projects and their own research.
The bill also establishes a pilot program through the National Laboratories and Technology Centers of the Department of Energy to research and test the effects on the domestic electricity power grid of the widespread use of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The bill authorizes $16 million for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2012 to carry out the programs.
There is no CBO score available for H.R. 445, but the bill authorizes $16 million for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2011.