Amendments to the major energy bill currently under consideration in the Senate (earlier post) began appearing yesterday, with subjects ranging from the inclusion of support for coal-to-liquids (CTL) projects to the establishment of a renewable portfolio standard for power generation.
A table of yesterday’s amendments follows:
|Proposed Amendments to S.1419/H.R.6, 12 June 2007|
|Amendment||Sponsor(s)||Title and/or notes|
|SA 1505||Inhofe and Thune||“Gas Price Act”|
|SA 1506||Stevens and Landrieu||Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
|SA 1508||Bayh, Brownback, Lieberman, Coleman, Salazar, Lincoln, Cantwell, Kerry, Dodd, Kohl, Reed, Collins, Nelson||Oil Savings Plan and Requirements. Directs the appropriate agencies of the Federal government to develop a plan to reduce oil consumption by:
SA 1508 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 63 - 30. Record Vote Number: 209.
|Craig||Geologic Mapping Reauthorization. Provides $640 million over 10 years (fiscal years 2007 through 2016) for updating and expanding geologic mapping of the US.|
|SA 1510||Cochran||Increased Capacity of Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Raises the SPR to 1.5 billion barrels from current 1.0 billion barrels.|
|SA 1511||Murkowski||Study of CAFE Standards for Commercial Trucks. NHTSA to conduct study of the anticipated economic impacts and fuel saving benefits that would result from vehicle fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy duty vehicles, as specified in the main body of the bill.|
|SA 1512||Murkowski||Broadens the potential uses of funding proposed to support renewable energy projects in Section 215 of the bill.|
|SA 1513||Murkowski and Stevens||Adds personnel hiring language to the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act.|
|SA 1514||Kerry and Sanders||Renewable Portfolio Standard. Requires utilities obtain a percentage of the base amount of electricity it sells to electric consumers in any calendar year from new renewable energy or existing renewable energy.
|SA 1515||Sanders, Clinton, Kerry, Biden, Salazar||Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training. Establishes a public program and funds other initiatives that provide training for jobs that are created through renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives with authorized funding of $100 million per fiscal year.|
SA 1515 agreed to in Senate by unanimous consent.
|SA 1516||Menendez||Evaluate the effect the laws (including regulations) limiting the siting of privately owned electric distribution wires on and across public rights-of-way might have on the development of combined heat and power facilities.|
|SA 1517||Menendez||Expands the definition of “State”in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6862) to include the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.|
|SA 1518||Menendez||Prohibits oil and gas leasing in the Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic planning area of the Outer COntinental Shelf.|
|SA 1519||Kohl, Specter, Leahy, Grassley, Biden, Snowe, Feingold, Schumer, Coburn, Durbin, Lieberman, Boxer, Sanders||NOPEC—“No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007”. Makes it illegal under the Sherman Act for foreign cartels to limit production of oil, natural gas or petroleum products, or to set or maintain prices. The Attorney General can sue.|
|SA 1520||Cardin||Establishes a “National Commission on Energy Independence” for the US.|
|SA 1521||Biden||Compact Fluorescent Lighting Grant Program. Establishes a program for grants to States for the distribution of medium base compact fluorescent lamps to households in the State.|
|SA 1524||Salazar, Grassley, Obama, Harkin, Hagel, Lugar, Feingold, Clinton, Casey, Nelson (Nebraska), Brownback, Kohl, Kerry, Johnson, Tester, Cantwell, Thune, and Cochran||Sense of Congress. By 2025, a US goal of 25% of total energy consumed should be from renewable resources, while the US continues to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.|
|SA 1525||Sanders||Standards for solar hot water heaters.|
|SA 1526||Thune||Extension and modification of renewable electricity production credit.|
|SA 1527||Thune||Extension of the ethanol tariff. Extends the tariff on imported ethanol through 2010.|