Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO) introduced legislation (H.R. 3371) November 4 to produce highperformance Federal buildings through an improved approach to building utilization, design, construction, and operations and maintenance.

Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced legislation (H.R. 3374) to extend and modify the credit for new qualified hybrid motor vehicles.

Representative Rick Berg (R-ND) introduced the Regional Haze Federalism Act (H.R. 3379). The legislation would limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to unilaterally override States’ management of regional haze and empower states to implement plans that best fit their needs.

Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 3389) to provide the establishment of Clean Energy Consortia to enhance the Nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by promoting commercial application of clean energy technology.

Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced legislation (H.R. 3391) to establish a national mercury monitoring program.  

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 1812) November 7. The legislation would amend the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2004 to promote the availability of affordable, clean-burning natural gas to domestic markets by streamlining federal regulations and extending key benefits to apply to Alaska-based segments of gasoline that could be connected to the lower 48.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced legislation (S. 1813) to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs.  

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced (S. 1815) last Monday as an alternative to Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) efforts to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule. Their bipartisan bill will enact the proposed rule into law but give utilities one additional year to implement it.

Two days later, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dan Coats (R-IN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Ben Nelson (D-NE) introduced legislation (S. 1833) that would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution and Utility MACT rules. The Fair Compliance Act would delay until 2017 the compliance deadline on both rules.

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced the Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act of 2011 (S. 1845) November 10. The legislation would create a 20 percent investment tax credit for grid-connected storage systems and 30 percent for businesses and houses using the energy on-site.  

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation (S. 1858) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an investment credit for equipment used to fabricate solar energy property.  

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act (S. 1851). The legislation would implement a comprehensive plan, developed through a multi-year collaborative effort among farmers, ranchers, fishermen, Tribal leaders, and conservationists, to remove four dams on the Klamath River, creating more than 4,600 jobs in the basin while restoring historical wildlife habitat.