On May 8, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved four hydropower bills and the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (“Shaheen-Portman”). At the meeting, Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) requested that members wait until the Shaheen bill is on the floor to introduce amendments; the committee members honored this request although some described amendments they plan to introduce. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) said during the meeting that he plans on introducing two amendments when the full Senate considers the bill: one to allow federal buildings to use fossil fuels after 2030 and one, to be introduced with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), to provide grants for non-profit and religious organizations that seek to improve energy efficiency in their buildings. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) said he will offer an amendment to include vehicles within the Shaheen-Portman framework. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said she plans to expand the vehicle charging program to include cars with hydrogen fuel cells. Chairman Wyden said he hoped that all five bills will be considered by the full Senate by the end of the month. He and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said they anticipate the President to sign these five bills on hydropower and on energy efficiency by the end of the year. The two praised the bipartisan effort of the committee to advance legislation, including the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.