Senator Al Franken introduced the Community Wind Act (S. 1741) October 20. The legislation would raise the capacity limit from the current investment tax credit for small-scale wind from 100 KW to 20 MW through the end of 2016.
Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 3242) October 25 to levy a carbon tax on fossil fuels in order to reduce domestic dependence on foreign oil, spur development on alternative energy, protect consumers from rising energy costs, mitigate climate change, and reduce the deficit. The Save Our Climate Act would raise more than $2.6 trillion in revenue and reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent over 10 years.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced legislation (H.R. 3280) October 27 to amend the Federal Power Act to establish a regional transmission planning process.
The same day, Representative John Campbell (R-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 3274) to direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish a program allowing small volume vehicle manufacturers to produce not more than 1,000 vehicles annually within a regulatory system that addresses the unique safety and financial issues associated with limited production, and to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to allow low volume vehicle manufacturers to rely upon certificate of conformity issued to engines from certified vehicles.