Update: House passes Solar Roadmap, 310-106!

Passed by House

House votes to pass Solar Roadmap bill by 3-1 margin.

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House Resolution 3585 — the Solar Technology Roadmap Act — will be considered for adoption by the full US House of Representatives on Thursday morning, October 22.

According to its author, Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the bill would “strengthen the American solar technology industry through a coordinated research and development programs and public-private partnerships.”

During a recent tour of solar power facilities at Arizona State University, Giffords told the Phoenix Sun that the Roadmap is based on a plan by members of the semiconductor industry, created just as that field was getting started.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visiting solar installation at Arizona State University

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visiting solar installation at Arizona State University

“So much is riding on solar power as a clean and renewable replacement for fossil fuels,” she said. “We should make sure that funds are targeted at programs and projects that the Roadmap Committee considers essential.”

That committee of eleven members would be picked by the Secretary of Energy, drawn from industry, government laboratories and academia. The bill authorizes over $2 billion for developing, improving and demonstrating solar power projects.

Solar Technology Roadmap

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HR 3585 has the backing of several business groups, including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) which, it says, represents 1,000 companies and over 40,000 employees. Last month, SEIA president Rhone Resch endorsed the bill, predicting it would have “significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits. Establishing a research roadmap and prioritizing federal funding for solar energy research will help commercialize new solar technologies and create new public-private partnerships…”

House Coverage

The House will debate the Solar Roadmap Act for one hour Thursday morning sometime soon after the House goes into session, approximately at 10:00 AM EDT.

The bill’s 32 cosponsors are listed below.

Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] – 9/29/2009
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] – 10/15/2009
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] – 10/15/2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] – 10/6/2009
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 10/15/2009
Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] – 9/25/2009
Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] – 9/29/2009
Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] – 10/15/2009
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] – 9/25/2009
Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] – 10/15/2009
Rep Halvorson, Deborah L. [IL-11] – 10/15/2009
Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] – 10/6/2009
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 10/15/2009
Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] – 10/15/2009
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] – 9/25/2009
Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] – 9/29/2009
Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] – 10/15/2009
Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] – 9/29/2009
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] – 9/25/2009
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 9/29/2009
Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] – 10/15/2009
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 10/15/2009
Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] – 10/13/2009
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] – 10/15/2009
Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [TX-23] – 10/15/2009
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 10/15/2009
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] – 10/15/2009
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] – 10/15/2009
Rep Tonko, Paul D. [NY-21] – 9/25/2009
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] – 10/15/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 10/15/2009
Rep Young, C.W. Bill [FL-10] – 10/15/2009

*AMENDMENTS

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
TEXT OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER
1. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE GORDON, BART OF TENNESSEE OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 30 MINUTES
SEC. 107. REPORT.
SEC. 111. SOLAR TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT THEFT.
2. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE BROUN, PAUL OF GEORGIA OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
3. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE HASTINGS, ALCEE OF FLORIDA OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
4. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE CARDOZA, DENNIS OF CALIFORNIA OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
5. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR, MARCY OF OHIO OR HER DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
6. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARSHALL, JIM OF GEORGIA OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
7. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE KLEIN, RON OF FLORIDA OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
8. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE TITUS, DINA OF NEVADA OR HER DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
9. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE HEINRICH, MARTIN OF NEW MEXICO OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
10. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE HIMES, JAMES OF CONNECTICUT OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES
11. AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY, SCOTT OF NEW YORK OR HIS DESIGNEE, DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES

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UPDATED SCHEDULE:

Starting at approximately 3PM EDT, the House will reconvene and vote on:

1) Broun (GA) Amendment. Changes the number of years for which the Committee is authorized from five to three; reduces to $250,000,000 the amount authorized in each of the three years, from 2011 to 2013 – 15 minutes

2) Kaptur (OH) Amendment. Requires the Roadmap Committee to provide recommendations to strengthen the use of research and development strategies in making domestic industry more competitive and to assist in the commercialization of solar technologies – 5 minutes

3) Klein (FL) Amendment. Includes research on solar energy storage technology as eligible for funding under the Secretary of Energy’s research and development program – 5 minutes

4) Titus (NV)/Teague (NM)/Cohen (TN) Amendment. Includes the development of solar technology products that are water efficient as a focus of the bill – 5 minutes

5) Heinrich (NM) Amendment. Requires the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee to release a draft Roadmap to the public at least one month prior to publication in order to receive public input – 5 minutes

6) Himes (CT) Amendment. Clarifies that solar thermal technologies and concentrating solar photovoltaic technologies will be included within the scope of the research and development program authorized by the bill – 5 minutes

10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit

7) (IF REQUESTED) Motion to Recommit H.R. 3585 – 15 minutes

8) Final Passage of H.R. 3585 – Solar Technology Roadmap Act of 2010 (Rep. Giffords – Science and Technology) – 5 minutes

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