• On April 22, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced S. 775, the Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act. The bill would incentivize new construction and retrofit projects by creating a 30 percent tax credit for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities, including power plants and schools.
  • On April 23, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 738, the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. The bill would provide continued access to the Federal Helium Reserve by creating three phases: one where it operates under the current system through the end of September 2014, one establishing an annual auction of 10 percent of the reserves beginning in FY15, and one keeping the reserve open only for federal customers.
  • On April 24, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced S. 795, the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The House version of the bill, H.R. 1696, was introduced by Rep. Poe (R-TX) along with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
  • The same day, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1700, the Nuclear Disaster Preparedness Act, along with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ). The legislation requires the President to designate one agency as the coordinator of federal response to nuclear disasters. It would also require the development of an evacuation plan of up to 50 miles as well as improvements to current plans for places within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.
  • The same day, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) introduced H.R. 1711, a bill to authorize federal funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) between businesses and the Department of Energy National Laboratories to support technology transfers. The legislation includes language to create a fund and would authorize $20 million per year for five years.