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SEI LIBRARY: Major Energy Legislation

Please refer to our archive for information about various energy-related bills which were introduced in previous congressional sessions.

To view the full text of bills, look for the "latest action" on particular bills, or find other legislation, visit Thomas, the Congressional source for legislative information on the internet.

This page was last updated on 12/5/05.

109th Congress

Bills that are pending:

2005 Energy Policy Act

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Summary of Tax Incentives (pdf format)


S Res. 312, the Lugar/Biden Climate Change Resolution, by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), introduced 11/15/2005
Senate resolution 312 expresses the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments. Released in conjunction with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico. The resolution has been referred to the Committee of Foreign Relations.

S.131, the Clear Skies Act of 2005, by Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), introduced 1/24/2005
S.131 amends the Clear Air Act by altering the status quo limitation and allocation mechanisms for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury in an effort to reduce the emissions of these three pollutants. S.131 will also make it easier for many areas to achieve “attainment” status by designating many areas that currently fall under nonattainment status as “transitional” areas.

S.150, the Clean Power Act of 2005, by Senator Jeffords (I-Vermont), introduced 1/25/2005
S.150 amends the Clean Air Act by requiring the EPA to mandate regulations for reductions in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, and mercury by January 1, 2010 (January 1, 2009, for mercury emissions). The new reductions are achieved under a cap and trade format.

S. 730, the Mercury Emission Act of 2005, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced 4/6/2005
S.730 amends the Clean Air Act by establishing new requirements for fossil fuel-fired electric generating units, industrial boiler units, various types of incinerators, and other plants to reduce mercury emissions.

S.342, the Climate Stewardship Act of 2005, by Senator McCain (R-Arizona), introduced 2/10/2005
S.342 establishes a market-based system to reduce GHGs through tradable emissions allowances. The legislation also calls for the funding of various federal research initiatives to explore different aspects of U.S. climate change policy.

S.387, the Climate Change Technology Tax Incentives Act of 2005, by Senator Hagel (R-Nebraska), introduced 2/15/2005
S.387 aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity (the ratio of GHG emissions to economic output) by permanently extending a number of tax credits to firms that invest in the development of GHG intensity-reducing technologies and/or produce from such technologies.

S.386, the Climate Change Technology Deployment in Developing Countries Act of 2005, by Sen. Hagel (R-Nebraska), introduced 2/15/2005
S.386 amends the Global Environmental Protection Assistance Act of 1989 by directing the Secretary of the Senate to provide assistance to developing countries with the aim of reducing GHG intensity. This assistance takes the form of identifying, demonstrating, and deploying GHG intensity-reducing technologies to targeted developing countries.

S.388, the Climate Change Technology Deployment and Infrastructure Credit Act of 2005, Senator Hagel (R-Nebraska), introduced 2/15/2005
S.388 amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 through providing for the development of a national strategy to develop GHG intensity-reducing technologies through the establishment of research and development programs.


H.R. 759, the Climate Stewardship Act, Representative Wayne Glichrest (R-MD), introduced 2/10/2005
H.R. 759 creates a market-based system for reduction of GHGs through tradable emissions allowances. In addition, the legislation establishes climate change research initiatives and creates a National Greenhouse Gas Database to track GHG emissions and reductions by covered entities.

H.R. 227. Acid Rain Control Act of 2005, Representative Sweeney (R-NY), introduced 1/4/2005
H.R. 227 amends the Clean Air Act to provide for further reductions in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emitted from electric utility units. The legislation allows for an allocation and trading mechanism pursuant to this objective.

H.R. 1451, Clean Smokestacks Act of 2005, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA), introduced 3/17/2005
H.R. 1451 amends the Clean Air Act by directing the EPA director to mandate reductions from electric power plants in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, and carbon dioxide by January 1, 2010.

H.R. 955, the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Act of 2005, Representative John Olver (D-MA), introduced 2/17/2005
H.R. 955 establishes an inventory, registry, and information system of U.S. GHG emissions under the auspices of the EPA to track GHG emissions and reductions.

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