More Energy Bills in US Congress
Since our last update
, even more energy-related bills have appeared, including a House/Senate pair (H.R. 983/ S. 427) with a modest "renewable energy portfolio standard" provision, known as the "Renewable Energy Investment Act of 2005" (at least on the Senate version) which is being promoted by the Union of Concerned Scientists
These are the new bills being considered; many relating to climate change and keeping a greenhouse gas inventory rather than directly on energy topics:
- S. 386 "Climate Change Technology Deployment in Developing Countries Act of 2005", funding greenhouse gas reduction projects and technology exports to developing countries - Sen. Hagel (NE) and 4 cosponsors, with Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
- S. 387 "Climate Change Technology Tax Incentives Act of 2005", includes several proposed tax credits and incentives, including clean coal and "advanced" nuclear technologies - Sen. Hagel (NE), and 3 co-sponsors, with Senate Finance Committee.
- S. 388 "Climate Change Technology Deployment and Infrastructure Credit Act of 2005", directing the DOE to promote greenhouse-gas reducing technologies, including provisions for loan guarantees, more tax incentives, and creation of a national greenhouse gas registry - Sen. Hagel (NE) and 3 co-sponsors, with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
- S. 342 and H.R. 759 "Climate Stewardship Act of 2005", introducing a cap and trade system for CO2, and a variety of other directives to agencies to work on climate change issues - Sen. McCain (AZ) and 15 co-sponsors, with Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Rep. Gilchrest (MD) and 55 co-sponsors, with the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality.
- H.R. 878 "Electric Reliability Improvement Act of 2005", amending the Federal Power Act to establish an Electric Reliability Organization, to improve grid reliability. - Rep. Dingell (MI) and 21 co-sponsors, with House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
- S. 426 "Electric Reliability Security Act of 2005", appears to be a more extensive amendment to the Federal Power Act, but similar to, H.R. 878 - Sen. Jeffords and 2 co-sponsors, with Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- H.R. 779 "Federal Hydropower Enhancement Act of 2005", funding a study to look at increasing power supply from federally owned hydropower dams - Rep. Radanovich, referred to House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health.
- S. 498 "Interstate Transmission Act of 2005", for expansion of electricity transmission networks - Sen. Burr and 3 cosponsors, with Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- H.R. 955 "National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Act of 2005" - Rep. Olver (MA) and 1 cosponsor, with House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
- S. 373 "Renewable Hydrogen Passenger Vehicle Act of 2005", designed to demonstrate hydrogen-powered vehicles with the hydrogen derived from ethanol - Sen. Harkin (IA) with Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- H.R. 722 "Securing Transportation Energy Efficiency for Tomorrow Act of 2005", promoting a variety of energy and transportation initiatives, including solar power on federal buildings, fuel efficiency incentives, fuel cells, bicycling, etc. - Rep. Oberstar (MN) and 28 co-sponsors, with House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
- S. 427 "Renewable Energy Investment Act of 2005", to establish a system of renewable energy credits (3 cents/kwh or less depending on market trading prices) with the goal of increasing renewable energy contributions to electric generation (not including legacy hydro) in increments of 5% every 5 years between 2006 and 2020 - Sen. Jeffords (VT) and 11 cosponsors, with Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- H.R. 983, establishing a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for electric utilities - Rep. Udall (NM) and 7 co-sponsors, with House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
- H.R. 971, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of certain hydroelectric projects in Connecticut - Rep. Simmons (CT)
- H.R. 904, to provide for the disposition of United States Government uranium inventories. - Rep. Cubin (WY)
- H.R. 966, constraints on re-licensing nuclear facilities - Rep. Saxton (NJ)
- S. 436, for DOE to assess the dependence of Hawaii on oil - Sen. Akaka (HI) and 1 cosponsor.
Created: 2005-03-09 17:21:22 by Arthur Smith