Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation (S. 1185) June 13 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a variable VEETC rate based on the price of crude oil.  

House Republicans introduced four bills June 14 aimed at expanding the production of renewable energy on public land and waters by streamlining and easing environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2170) to streamline Federal review to facilitate renewable energy projects. Congresswoman Kristi Noem (D-SD) introduced legislation (H.R. 2172) to facilitate the development of wind energy resources on Federal lands. Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2173) to facilitate the development of offshore wind energy resources. Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN) introduced legislation (H.R. 2175) to require certain agencies to submit a cost-benefit analysis to Congress before implementing proposed regulations. The bills will be the subject of a hearing by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on June 23.

Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2176) to dedicate a portion of the rental fees from wind and solar energy projects on Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management for the administrative costs of processing applications for new wind and solar projects.  

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill (S. 1200) that would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take action within two weeks to curb speculation by Wall Street investment banks and large Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation (S. 1185) June 13 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a variable VEETC rate based on the price of crude oil.

House Republicans introduced four bills June 14 aimed at expanding the production of renewable energy on public land and waters by streamlining and easing environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2170) to streamline Federal review to facilitate renewable energy projects. Congresswoman Kristi Noem (D-SD) introduced legislation (H.R. 2172) to facilitate the development of wind energy resources on Federal lands. Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2173) to facilitate the development of offshore wind energy resources. Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN) introduced legislation (H.R. 2175) to require certain agencies to submit a cost-benefit analysis to Congress before implementing proposed regulations. The bills will be the subject of a hearing by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on June 23.  

Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2176) to dedicate a portion of the rental fees from wind and solar energy projects on Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management for the administrative costs of processing applications for new wind and solar projects.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill (S. 1200) that would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take action within two weeks to curb speculation by Wall Street investment banks and large hedge funds. Provisions of the bill adopt position accountability levels used by the New York Mercantile Exchange since 2001. Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will soon introduce a companion bill in the House.

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced legislation (S. 1204) June 15 to reform Department of Defense energy policy. The Department of Defense Energy Security Act of 2011 includes a broad range of measures from authorizing funding for energy efficiency improvements to requiring a study on incorporating high-efficiency propulsion systems in tactical vehicles. Senator Udall and Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) introduced similar legislation in the 111th Congress.

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduced legislation (S. 1220) June 16 to expand offshore drilling, promote low-carbon energy sources via tax incentives and a clean energy standard, and develop electric and alternative vehicle technology. Senator Conrad was a leading member of a bipartisan gang of senators who worked to develop an energy compromise in 2008, and this legislation echoes many of the provisions offered in those proposals.  

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation (S. 1226) to amend the Clean Air Act to address air pollution from Outer Continental Shelf activities.  

Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2196) to direct the President, using the Western Area Power Administration, to acquire renewable energy in amounts sufficient to ensure that, of the total amount of electric energy the Federal Government consumes during any fiscal year, certain minimum amounts shall be renewable energy.  

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2208) to incorporate smart grid capability into the Energy Star Program, reduce electric demand, and reauthorize an energy efficiency public information program to include Smart Grid information.  

Congressman Joe Donnelly (D-IN) introduced a bill (H.R. 2222) to direct the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to publish annually a list of vehicles that satisfy requirements for certification as low emission and energy efficient vehicles.  

Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) introduced legislation (H.R. 2231) to terminate ethanol tax credits.  

Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 2238) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the incentives for the production of biodiesel.