• On February 27, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 875, a bill that would block the introduction of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15) into the marketplace until the fuel can be studied by the National Academies. On February 14, Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S. 344, a bill to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s waivers approving E-15 for newer vehicles.
  • On February 27, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced H.R. 860, a bill to make qualified biogas property eligible for the energy credit and to permit new clean renewable energy bonds to finance qualified biogas property.
  • The same day, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S. 17, the Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013, aimed at opening up more federal acreage for oil and gas development, streamlining regulatory processes, and limiting legal challenges. The bill also would increase federal revenue sharing for offshore oil and gas production. The measure has 21 Republican cosponsors and was referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • On February 28, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 401, the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide for a 30 percent investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. The bill, similar to legislation that Senator Carper and former Senator Olympia Snow (R-ME) introduced last Congress, would extend the investment tax credits for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind facilities placed into service. On the same day, Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation in the House.