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§ 1279c. Ocean thermal energy conversion demonstration facilities and plantships

(a) Financing of construction, reconstruction, or reconditioning
Pursuant to the authority granted under section 1273 (a) of this Appendix, the Administrator, upon such terms as he shall prescribe, may guarantee or make a commitment to guarantee, payment of the principal of and interest on an obligation which aids in financing, including reimbursement of an obligor for expenditures previously made for, construction, reconstruction, or reconditioning of a commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facility or plantship. Guarantees or commitments to guarantee under this subsection shall be subject to all the provisos, requirements, regulations, and procedures which apply to guarantees or commitments to guarantee made pursuant to section 1274 (a)(1) [1] of this Appendix, except that—
(1) no guarantees or commitments to guarantee may be made by the Administrator under this subsection before October 1, 1981;
(2) the provisions of subsection (d) of section 1274 [1] of this Appendix shall apply to guarantees or commitments to guarantee for that portion of a commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facility or plantship not to be supported with appropriated Federal funds;
(3) guarantees or commitments to guarantee made pursuant to this section may be in an aggregate principal amount which does not exceed 871/2 percent of the actual cost or depreciated actual cost of the commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facility or plantship: Provided, That, if the commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facility or plantship is supported with appropriated Federal funds, such guarantees or commitments to guarantee may not exceed 871/2 percent of the aggregate principal amount of that portion of the actual cost or depreciated actual cost for which the obligor has an obligation to secure financing in accordance with the terms of the agreement between the obligor and the Department of Energy or other Federal agency; and
(4) the provisions of this section may be used to guarantee obligations for a total of not more than 5 separate commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facilities and plantships or a demonstrated 400 megawatt capacity, whichever comes first.
(b) Certification of reasonableness of risk
A guarantee or commitment to guarantee shall not be made under this section unless the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Administrator, certifies to the Administrator that, for the ocean thermal energy conversion facility or plantship for which the guarantee or commitment to guarantee is sought, there is sufficient guarantee of performance and payment to lower the risk to the Federal Government to a level which is reasonable. The Secretary of Energy must base his considerations on the following:
(1) the successful demonstration of the technology to be used in such facility at a scale sufficient to establish the likelihood of technical and economic viability in the proposed market; and
(2) the need of the United States to develop new and renewable sources of energy and the benefits to be realized from the construction and successful operation of such facility or plantship.
(c) OTEC Demonstration Fund
A special subaccount in the Federal Ship Financing Fund, to be known as the OTEC Demonstration Fund, shall be established on October 1, 1981. The OTEC Demonstration Fund shall be used for obligation guarantees authorized under this section which do not qualify under other sections of this subchapter. Except as specified otherwise in this section, the operation of the OTEC Demonstration Fund shall be identical with that of the parent Federal Ship Financing Fund: except that, notwithstanding the provisions of section 1274 (g) [1] of this Appendix,
(1) all moneys received by the Administrator pursuant to sections 1271 through 1276 and 1279 [1] of this Appendix with respect to guarantees or commitments to guarantee made pursuant to this section shall be deposited only in the OTEC Demonstration Fund, and
(2) whenever there shall be outstanding any notes or other obligations issued by the Administrator pursuant to section 1275 (d) of this Appendix with respect to the OTEC Demonstration Fund, all moneys received by the Administrator pursuant to sections 1271 through 1276 and 1279 [1] of this Appendix with respect to ocean thermal energy conversional facilities or plantships shall be deposited in the OTEC Demonstration Fund. Assets in the OTEC Demonstration Fund may at any time be transferred to the parent fund whenever and to the extent that the balance thereof exceeds the total guarantees or commitments to guarantee made pursuant to this section then outstanding, plus any notes or other obligations issued by the Administrator pursuant to section 1275 (d) of this Appendix with respect to the OTEC Demonstration Fund. The Federal Ship Financing Fund shall not be liable for any guarantees or commitments to guarantee issued pursuant to this section. The aggregate unpaid principal amount of the obligations guaranteed with the backing of the OTEC Demonstration Fund and outstanding at any one time shall not exceed $1,650,000,000.
(d) Notes and obligations
The provisions of section 1275 (d) of this Appendix shall apply specifically to the OTEC Demonstration Fund as well as to the Fund: Provided, however, That any notes or obligations issued by the Administrator pursuant to section 1275 (d) of this Appendix with respect to the OTEC Demonstration Fund shall be payable solely from proceeds realized by the OTEC Demonstration Fund.
(e) Taxability of interest
The interest on any obligation guaranteed under this section shall be included in gross income for purposes of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.].


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