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June 12, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1515 proposed by Senator Sanders to Amendment SA 1502.
June 12, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1515 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

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SA 1515. Mr. SANDERS (for himself, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Biden, and Mr. Salazar) proposed an amendment to amendment SA 1502 proposed by Mr. REID to the bill H.R. 6, to reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources, promoting new emerging energy technologies, developing greater efficiency, and creating a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest in alternative
energy, and for other purposes; as follows:

Strike section 277, and insert the following:
SEC. 277. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM.
Section 1101 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16411) is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and
(2) by inserting after subsection (c), the following:
``(d) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training Program.--
``(1) PURPOSE.--It is the purpose of this subsection to--
``(A) create a sustainable, comprehensive public program that provides quality training that is linked to jobs that are created through renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives;
``(B) satisfy industry demand for a skilled workforce, to support economic growth, to boost America's global competitiveness in the expanding energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and to provide economic self-sufficiency and family-sustaining jobs for America's workers, including low wage workers, through quality training and placement in job opportunities in the growing energy efficiency and renewable energy industries;
``(C) provide grants for the safety, health, and skills training and education of workers who are, or may be engaged in, activities related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries; and
``(D) provide funds for national and State industry-wide research, labor market information and labor exchange programs, and the development of nationally and State administered training programs.
``(2) GRANT PROGRAM.--
``(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor (referred to in this subsection as the `Secretary'), in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program under which the Secretary shall carry out the activities described in paragraph (3) to achieve the purposes of this subsection.
``(B) ELIGIBILITY.--For purposes of providing assistance and services under the program established under this subsection--
``(i) target populations of individuals eligible for training and other services shall include, but not be limited to--
``(I) veterans, or past and present members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces;
``(II) workers affected by national energy and environmental policy;
``(III) workers displaced by the impacts of economic globalization;
``(IV) individuals, including at-risk youth, seeking employment pathways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency;
``(V) formerly incarcerated, adjudicated, non-violent offenders; and
``(VI) individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries; and
``(ii) energy efficiency and renewable energy industries eligible for such assistance and services shall include--
``(I) the energy-efficient building, construction, and retrofits industries;
``(II) the renewable electric power industry;
``(III) the energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicle industry;
``(IV) the bio-fuels industry; and
``(V) the deconstruction and materials use industries.
``(3) ACTIVITIES.--
``(A) NATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM.--Under the program established under paragraph (2), the Secretary, acting through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shall provide assistance to support national research to develop labor market data and to track future workforce trends resulting from energy-related initiatives carried out under this section. Activities carried out under this paragraph shall include--
``(i) linking research and development in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology with the development of standards and curricula for current and future jobs;
``(ii) the tracking and documentation of academic and occupational competencies as well as future skill needs with respect to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology;
``(iii) tracking and documentation of occupational information and workforce training data with respect to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology;
``(iv) assessing new employment and work practices including career ladder and upgrade training as well as high performance work systems; and
``(v) collaborating with State agencies, industry, organized labor, and community and nonprofit organizations to disseminate successful innovations for labor market services and worker training with respect to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology.
``(B) NATIONAL ENERGY TRAINING PARTNERSHIP GRANTS.--
``(i) IN GENERAL.--Under the program established under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall award National Energy Training Partnerships Grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities to enable such entities to carry out national training that leads to economic self-sufficiency and to develop an energy efficiency and renewable energy industries workforce. Grants shall be awarded under this subparagraph so as to ensure geographic diversity with at least 2 grants awarded to entities located
in each of the 4 Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts with no subdistricts and at least 1 grant awarded to an entity located in each of the subdistricts of the Petroleum Administration for Defense District with subdistricts.
``(ii) ELIGIBILITY.--To be eligible to receive a grant under clause (i), an entity shall be a non-profit partnership that--
``(I) includes the equal participation of industry, including public or private employers, and labor organizations, including joint labor-management training programs, and may include community-based organizations, educational institutions, small businesses, cooperatives, State and local veterans agencies, and veterans service organizations; and
``(II) demonstrates--
``(aa) experience in implementing and operating worker skills training and education programs;
``(bb) the ability to identify and involve in training programs carried out under this grant, target populations of workers who are, or will be engaged in, activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy industries; and
``(cc) the ability to help workers achieve economic self-sufficiency.
``(iii) ACTIVITIES.--Activities to be carried out under a grant under this subparagraph may include--
``(I) the provision of occupational skills training, including curriculum development, on-the-job training, and classroom training;
``(II) the provision of safety and health training;
``(III) the provision of basic skills, literacy, GED, English as a second language, and job readiness training;
``(IV) individual referral and tuition assistance for a community college training program;
``(V) the provision of customized training in conjunction with an existing registered apprenticeship program or labor-management partnership;
``(VI) the provision of career ladder and upgrade training; and
``(VII) the implementation of transitional jobs strategies.
``(C) STATE LABOR MARKET RESEARCH, INFORMATION, AND LABOR EXCHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM.--
``(i) IN GENERAL.--Under the program established under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall award competitive grants to States to enable such States to administer labor market and labor exchange informational programs that include the implementation of the activities described in clause (ii).
``(ii) ACTIVITIES.--A State shall use amounts awarded under a grant under this subparagraph to provide funding to the State agency that administers the Wagner-Peyser Act and State unemployment compensation programs to carry out the following activities using State agency merit staff:
``(I) The identification of job openings in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.
``(II) The administration of skill and aptitude testing and assessment for workers.
``(III) The counseling, case management, and referral of qualified job seekers to openings and training programs, including energy efficiency and renewable energy training programs.
``(D) STATE ENERGY TRAINING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.--
``(i) IN GENERAL.--Under the program established under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall award competitive grants to States to enable such States to administer renewable energy and energy efficiency workforce development programs that include the implementation of the activities described in clause (ii).
``(ii) ACTIVITIES.--
``(I) IN GENERAL.--A State shall use amounts awarded under a grant under this subparagraph to award competitive grants to eligible State Energy Sector Partnerships to enable such Partnerships to coordinate with existing apprenticeship and labor management training programs and implement training programs that lead to the economic self-sufficiency of trainees.
``(II) ELIGIBILITY.--To be eligible to receive a grant under this subparagraph, a State Energy Sector Partnership shall--
``(aa) consist of non-profit organizations that include equal participation from industry, including public or private nonprofit employers, and labor organizations, including joint labor-management training programs, and may include representatives from local governments, worker investment agency one-stop career centers, community based organizations, community colleges, other post-secondary institutions, small businesses, cooperatives, State and local veterans agencies, and veterans service
organizations;
``(bb) demonstrate experience in implementing and operating worker skills training and education programs; and
``(cc) demonstrate the ability to identify and involve in training programs, target populations of workers who are, or will be engaged in, activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
``(iii) PRIORITY.--In awarding grants under this subparagraph, the Secretary shall give priority to States that demonstrate linkages of activities under the grant with--
``(I) meeting national energy policies associated with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases; and
``(II) meeting State energy policies associated with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.
``(iv) COORDINATION.--A grantee under this subparagraph shall coordinate activities carried out under the grant with existing apprenticeship and labor management training programs and implement training programs that lead to the economic self-sufficiency of trainees, including providing--
``(I) outreach and recruitment services, in coordination with the appropriate State agency;
``(II) occupational skills training, including curriculum development, on-the-job training, and classroom training;
``(III) safety and health training;
``(IV) basic skills, literacy, GED, English as a second language, and job readiness training;
``(V) individual referral and tuition assistance for a community college training program;
``(VI) customized training in conjunction with an existing registered apprenticeship program or labor-management partnership;
``(VII) career ladder and upgrade training; and
``(VIII) services under transitional jobs strategies.
``(4) WORKER PROTECTIONS AND NONDISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS.--
``(A) APPLICATION OF WIA.--The provisions of sections 181 and 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2931 and 2938) shall apply to all programs carried out with assistance under this subsection.
``(B) CONSULTATION WITH LABOR ORGANIZATIONS.--If a labor organization represents a substantial number of workers who are engaged in similar work or training in an area that is the same as the area that is proposed to be funded under this subsection, the labor organization shall be provided an opportunity to be consulted and to submit comments in regard to such a proposal.
``(5) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection, $100,000,000 for each fiscal year, of which--
``(A) not to exceed 20 percent of the amount appropriated in each fiscal year shall be made available for, and shall be equally divided between, national labor market research and information under paragraph (3)(A) and State labor market information and labor exchange research under paragraph (3)(C); and
``(B) the remainder shall be divided equally between National Energy Partnership Training Grants under paragraph (3)(B) and State energy training partnership grants under paragraph (3)(D).
``(6) DEFINITION.--In this subsection, the term `renewable electric power' has the meaning given the term `renewable energy' in section 203(b)(2) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58).''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jun 12, 2007.)