• On June 18, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and 19 cosponsors introduced H.R. 2417, the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage (SHIELD) Act. The bill would protect the electric grid from natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse threats and vulnerabilities.
  • The same day, Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2421, a bill that would expand the biorefinery assistance eligibility to renewable chemicals.
  • On June 19, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced S. 1191, the Better Buildings Act. The bill would encourage commercial building tenants to reduce energy consumption. Should S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, be considered on the Senate floor, Senators Bennet and Ayotte intend to introduce the bill as an amendment to that piece of legislation.
  • The same day, Representative Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2445, a bill to repeal the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards.
  • On June 20, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), along with 6 additional Republican cosponsors, introduced S. 1195, the Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act. The bill is identical to Senator Barrasso’s amendment to the Farm Bill.
  • The same day, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 1199, a bill to improve energy performance in federal buildings.
  • The same day, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced S. 1200, the Residential Energy Savings Act of 2013. The legislation, which requires the Department of Energy to provide loans to states, is designed to promote energy efficiency and energy savings in residential buildings.
  • The same day, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced S. 1205, the Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act. The bill would encourage public and private entities to develop waste heat recovery systems and to use local renewable energy resources.
  • The same day, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced S. 1206, a bill to encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings.
  • The same day, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 1209, a bill to create a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to promote doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by 2030.
  • The same, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced S. 1213, a bill to reauthorize the weatherization and state energy programs.
  • The same day, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Ralph Hall (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2471, a bill to transfer the regulatory authority over natural gas exports from the Secretary of Energy to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.