Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Oversight and Investigation July 12, David Frantz, acting executive director of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, said that legislation unveiled earlier in the week to phase out the agency’s loan guarantee program would not increase taxpayer protections and could even put funds at risk by hindering its ability to issue loan guarantees for new nuclear and renewable technologies. The June 10 No More Solyndras Act would prohibit the department from making any commitments for applications received after 2011 under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 loan guarantee program and would place new restrictions on loan guarantees issued for pending applications, including requiring a written recommendation from the Department of Treasury, banning restructuring of guarantee terms without Treasury consultation, and prohibiting investors from being repaid before taxpayers in the event of a default.
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