Renewable bills pile up

House and Senate lawmakers added a few more renewable energy and energy efficiency bills to the pile this week.
 
Here’s the tally, courtesy of the Congressional Record:
By Mr. INSLEE (for himself, Ms. BERKLEY, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. BARTLETT, Ms. MCCOLLUM, and Ms. SUTTON):
   H.R. 4144. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the investment tax credit for combined heat and power system property; to the Committee on Ways and Means.
By Ms. MARKEY of Colorado (for herself and Mr. PAULSEN):
   H.R. 4149. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a renewable electricity integration credit for a utility that purchases or produces renewable power; to the Committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. SARBANES:
   H.R. 4155. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the issuance of tax-exempt bonds for financing clean energy improvements under State and local property assessed clean energy programs; to the Committee on Ways and Means.
By Ms. KILROY (for herself, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. AL GREEN of Texas, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Mr. PERRIELLO, Mr. TONKO, Mr. WU, and Mr. SESTAK):
   H.R. 4099. A bill to establish incentives to increase the energy efficiency of federally assisted housing; to the Committee on Financial Services.
  By Mr. THOMPSON of California (for himself, Mr. DOGGETT, Mr. CAMP, Mr. TIBERI, Mrs. BONO MACK, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. HONDA, Ms. GIFFORDS, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. CARTER, Ms. LINDA T. SÁNCHEZ of California, Mr. SCHAUER, and Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California):
   H.R. 4085. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an investment credit for property used to fabricate solar energy property, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

And in the Senate:
  By Ms. COLLINS:
   S. 2773. A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to support the research, demonstration, and development of commercial applications for offshore wind energy, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
 By Mr. ALEXANDER (for himself and Mr. WEBB):**
   S. 2776. A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to create the right business environment for doubling production of clean nuclear energy and other clean energy and to create mini-Manhattan projects for clean energy research and development; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

** Keep an eye on that last one. Alexander wants to see huge increases in federal loan guarantees for nuclear power plants, which provide carbon-free power.

But he has attacked Democratic plans to enact a cap-and-trade bill that imposes mandatory nationwide emissions curbs. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is a swing vote there, so his sign-on to Alexander’s nuclear and renewable energy financing plan will be dissected for signs about his intentions on cap-and-trade.
 

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