The man in charge of spearheading the U.S. tax code -- Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance -- is pledging to extend the Treasury Department's popular Section 1603 cash grant program during Congress's lame-duck session, according to a new report in North American Windpower. The program, which has been an important source of funding for the renewable energy industry during a time when the tax equity market vanished, is set to expire at the end of 2010. The Finance Committee has a full agenda for the lame-duck session, which could complicate the effort to extend the program. But Baucus had this to say in the report: "[Extending] Section 1603 is a priority, whether it gets extended in December or January and applied retroactively. . . . I'm going to find a place for it."