S 421

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 421

To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to require the Secretary of Energy to provide grants for lithium production research and development.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 28, 2011

Mrs. HAGAN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to require the Secretary of Energy to provide grants for lithium production research and development.

    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 `Powering America's Lithium Production Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. GRANTS FOR LITHIUM PRODUCTION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

    Subtitle E of title VI of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17241 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`SEC. 657. GRANTS FOR LITHIUM PRODUCTION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

    `(a) Definition of Eligible Entity- In this section, the term `eligible entity' means--

      `(1) a private partnership or other entity that is--

        `(A) organized in accordance with Federal law; and

        `(B) engaged in lithium production for use in advanced battery technologies;

      `(2) a public entity, such as a State, tribal, or local governmental entity; or

      `(3) a consortium of entities described in paragraphs (1) and (2).

    `(b) Grants- The Secretary shall provide grants to eligible entities for research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of domestic industrial processes that are designed to enhance domestic lithium production for use in advanced battery technologies, as determined by the Secretary.

    `(c) Use- An eligible entity shall use a grant provided under this subsection to develop or enhance--

      `(1) domestic industrial processes that increase lithium production, processing, or recycling for use in advanced lithium batteries; or

      `(2) industrial process associated with new formulations of lithium feedstock for use in advanced lithium batteries.

    `(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2014.'.

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