Bingaman eyes additions to Senate energy package, jobs bill

Bingaman also said the jobs bill Democrats are planning should be a vehicle for several energy provisions.

They include expanded tax credits for manufacturing renewable energy components. Bingaman also wants to pluck two items from the big bill his committee cleared: the "clean energy deployment administration" that would boost federal financing for alternative energy projects, and a measure expanding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission power over transmission line siting.

"You could argue that the expansion of the transmission capacity, the additional authority for FERC over transmission capacity, also will create jobs by facilitating renewable energy projects," he said. "Those are some examples. I am sure there are others."