Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Energy-Efficient Cool Roof Jobs Act (S. 1575) September 19. The legislation would reduce the depreciation deduction schedule on newly installed energy-efficient roofs from 39 years to 20 years, and may create 40,000 construction jobs in the process.
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced legislation (S. 1577) the same day to amen the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make permanent the alternative simplified research credit.
On September 21, Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2011 (S. 1586). The bill would establish an International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce to ensure that domestic clean energy technology companies have the information and assistance necessary to compete globally and ramp up exports of clean energy technologies and services.
Also on the 21st, Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation (H.R. 2983) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas leading and deposit use revenues into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund.
Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2987) that he developed in 2010 with Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) that would improve the overall coordination of current export promotion programs.
Congressman Berman also introduced the Green Export Promotion and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2988), which would promote American-made environmental and clean energy technology products in foreign markets allowing the United States to secure a larger share of global green economy by requiring the Secretary of Commerce to establish an online directory of domestic companies that would allow foreign buyers to find American companies that provide the applicable goods and services.
Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2994) to promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development.
Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), James Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation (S. 1602) September 22 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the technologies through which a vehicle qualifies for the credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles. The CHARGE Act improves current incentives by allowing storage devices that work in combination with batteries in order to achieve functionality equivalent of at least a 16 kw battery pack to qualify for the maximum credit amount.
Senator Cantwell was joined by Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) the same day in introducing a bill (S. 1603) that enables transportation fuel competition, consumer choice, and greater use of domestic energy sources in order to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (S. 1610). The bill directs the Environmental Protection Agency to re-propose and finalize a new Cement Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule that provides additional time for the cement industry to comply with new emission standards. The current rule gives companies three years to comply with the rule, while the new bill would give companies at least five years. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a similar bill September 21.