114 STAT. 2048 PUBLIC LAW 106-469—NOV. 9, 2000 (ii) to provide for research, development, and demonstration of clean and efficient oilheat utilization equipment; and (iii) for consumer education; and (B) may provide for the payment of the costs of carrying out subparagraph (A) with assessments collected under section 707. (2) COORDINATION. — The Alliance shall coordinate its activities with industry trade associations and other persons as appropriate to provide efficient delivery of services and to avoid unnecessary duplication of activities. (3) ACTIVITIES.— (A) EXCLUSIONS.— Activities under clause (i) or (ii) of paragraph (1)(A) shall not include advertising, promotions, or consumer surveys in support of advertising or promotions. (B) RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION ACTIVITIES. — (i) IN GENERAL.—Research, development, and demonstration activities under paragraph (l)(A)(ii) shall include— (I) all activities incidental to research, development, and demonstration of clean and efficient oilheat utilization equipment; and (II) the obtaining of patents, including pay- ment of attorneys fees for making and perfecting a patent application. (ii) EXCLUDED ACTIVITIES.—Research, development, and demonstration activities under paragraph (l)(A)(ii) shall not include research, development, and demonstration of oilheat utilization equipment with respect to which technically feasible and commercially feasible operations have been verified, except that funds may be provided for improvements to existing equipment until the technical feasibility and commercial feasibility of the operation of those improvements have been verified. (b) PRIORITIES.— In the development of programs and projects, the Alliance shall give priority to issues relating to— (1) research, development, and demonstration; (2) safety; (3) consumer education; and (4) training. (c) ADMINISTRATION. — (1) OFFICERS; COMMITTEES; BYLAWS. — The Alliance— (A) shall select from among its members a chairperson and other officers as necessary; (B) may establish and authorize committees and subcommittees of the Alliance to take specific actions that the Alliance is authorized to take; and (C) shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of business and the implementation of this title. (2) SOLICITATION OF OILHEAT INDUSTRY COMMENT AND REC- OMMENDATIONS.— The Alliance shall establish procedures for the solicitation of oilheat industry comment and recommendations on any significant contracts and other agreements, programs, and projects to be funded by the Alliance.