- The Senate approved an amendment to the Clean Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6) offered by Senator Bayh (D-IN) which would require "publication and implementation of an action plan to reduce the quantity of oil used annually in the United States." An amendment offered by Senator Inhofe (R-OK), which would have limited environmental review and permitting procedures for domestic refineries, was rejected;
- Green Car Congress has an overview of other proposed amendments to the Senate energy bill;
- NPR has a story today on efforts by the auto industry to kill portions of the bill which would mandate higher vehicle fuel-efficiency standards;
- Over at E & E TV, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid talks about the importance of the energy package under considered this week;
- The Wall Street Journal reports on lobbying efforts to derail the energy bill (subscription required).
- Rutland Herald has an op-ed this morning by Vermont Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin responding to the Governor's veto and new counter-proposal;
- Green Mountain Daily has a post up offering a comparison of the legislature's bill (H.520) and Governor Douglas' new energy proposal.
- Geoffrey Styles, over at Energy Outlook, gives his review of the Department of Energy's recent report on the domestic wind industry (warning: large PDF). He notes that continuing federal renewable energy incentives are critical for continued growth in the U.S. wind industry:
The data make it clear that consistent federal policy is the key to sustaining this kind of growth, and in particular avoiding the previous situation in which the Production Tax Credit for renewable power was at risk of expiring nearly every year, and periodically did. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provided a two year extension of the PTC, and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 tacked on an extra year, through the end of 2008. A permanent extension of the PTC, even one that included a gradual phaseout of the benefit, would put wind on an equal footing with conventional power and support the growth of domestic wind turbine manufacturing. The proliferation of state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and the prospect of a national RPS from pending energy legislation are also helping to expand the market for wind.