Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Virgin Islands Energy Crisis Relief Act - Amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), through the Rural Utilities Service, to make... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Jan 3, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To provide energy crisis relief to residents of the Virgin Islands.

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 ``Virgin Islands Energy Crisis Relief Act''.

SEC. 2. HIGH ENERGY COSTS ASSISTANCE.

Section 19 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 918a) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(c) High Energy Cost Grant to the Water and Power Authority of the United States Virgin Islands.-- ``(1) In general.--The Secretary, acting through the Rural Utilities Service, shall make a grant in an amount equal to $100,000,000 to the Water and Power Authority of the United States Virgin Islands under subection (a)(1) if that entity applies for, and is eligible for, such a grant. ``(2) Appropriation.-- ``(A) In general.--Out of any funds in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated for fiscal year 2013 such sums as may be necessary for the grant provided for in paragraph (1), in addition to any other appropriated funds that may be used for the grant. ``(B) Availability.--Amounts made available under subparagraph (A) shall remain available through fiscal year 2015. ``(d) Territories Included.--In this section, the term `State' includes Territory.''.

SEC. 3. ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE.

(a) In General.--The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to make grants under section 209 of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3199) to the Virgin...

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Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Virgin Islands Energy Crisis Relief Act - Amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), through the Rural Utilities Service, to make a grant to the Water and Power Authority of the U.S. Virgin Islands for energy generation, transmission, and distribution in rural communities with extremely high energy costs. Provides related funding through FY2015. Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to make grants to the Authority to convert base power production in the Virgin Islands from fuel oil to liquefied natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. Authorizes appropriations through FY2017. Increases, through FY2018, the number of Virgin Islands households eligible for low-income energy assistance.

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