Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) officially introduced legislation (S. 1000) May 16 that would enact a national energy efficiency strategy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 contains a broad package of low-cost tools that would reduce barriers for business, homeowners, and consumers looking to adopt off-the-shelf, cost effective energy efficiency technologies.

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2011 (S. 1001) May 16.

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced legislation (S. 1007) May 17 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the taxable income limit on percentage depletion for oil and natural gas produced from marginal properties.