S 612

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 612

To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to require the Secretary of Energy to develop and implement a strategic petroleum demand response plan to reduce the consumption of petroleum products by the Federal Government.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 17, 2011

Ms. SNOWE (for herself and Mr. MERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to require the Secretary of Energy to develop and implement a strategic petroleum demand response plan to reduce the consumption of petroleum products by the Federal Government.

    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 `Strategic Petroleum Demand Response Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. STRATEGIC PETROLEUM DEMAND RESPONSE PLAN.

    (a) In General- Part F of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6361 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`SEC. 384. STRATEGIC PETROLEUM DEMAND RESPONSE PLAN.

    `(a) In General- The Secretary, in consultation with the heads of other applicable Federal agencies, shall develop and implement a strategic petroleum demand response plan to reduce the consumption of petroleum products by the Federal Government.

    `(b) Activities- The strategic petroleum demand response plan may include activities such as--

      `(1) flexible work schedules by Federal employees to reduce congestion;

      `(2) telecommuting by Federal employees;

      `(3) suspension of noncritical travel by Federal employees;

      `(4) reduction of consumption of oil to heat or cool Federal buildings, including the use of energy efficiency measures;

      `(5) expanded use of electric or alternative fuel vehicles; and

      `(6) any other activity that reduces the consumption of petroleum products by Federal agencies and employees.

    `(c) Limitation- The strategic petroleum demand response plan shall not significantly--

      `(1) affect the critical functions of the Federal Government; or

      `(2) reduce the national security of the United States.

    `(d) Voluntary Response Plan- The Secretary shall develop and implement a voluntary response plan to encourage individual companies and State and local governments to reduce the consumption of petroleum products in conjunction with the strategic petroleum demand response plan.

    `(e) Use of Sale Proceeds- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the proceeds from the sale of any petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve under subtitle B of title I shall be used--

      `(1) to carry out the strategic petroleum demand response plan required by this section;

      `(2) to procure electric vehicles for the Federal Government; or

      `(3) to work with the rental car industry to expand electric vehicle options for Federal employees.

    `(f) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives--

      `(1) the strategic petroleum demand response plan required by this section; and

      `(2) any recommendations for amendments to this section to reduce the consumption of petroleum products under the strategic petroleum demand response plan.'.

    (b) Conforming Amendment- The table of contents in the first section of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. prec. 6201) is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to part F of title III the following:

      `Sec. 384. Strategic petroleum demand response plan.'.

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