Congress is in recess until after Labor Day, but energy issues continued to make news last week.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said August 7 that he is very confident that the Senate will pass an extension of the wind Production Tax Credit before it expires at the end of the year as part of a broad tax extenders package.

When the two chambers return from the August recess and political conventions September 10, they will need to work quickly to pass a six month continuing resolution to fund the federal government as the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of the month. The Senate may also resume work on a tax extenders package and the cybersecurity bill. Though progress has been made on all three measures, with political officials departing just a few weeks later for final campaigning, debate and final passage of legislation besides the continuing resolution may have to wait until the lame duck session.