An Update on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Tax Credits (H.R. 5984, H.R. 6049, and S. 2821)--Rejected, but...

The Senate today rejected the part of House bill H.R. 6049 that would have extended the renewable energy and energy efficiency tax credits that would otherwise expire at the end of this year. (Vote lists under the fold).

However, this is NOT the LAST potential opportunity for this Congress to extend the renewable energy and energy efficiency tax credits which will otherwise expire at the end of 2008. More under the fold.

The Senate, as it has once before, could attach an amendment to the pending Conference Report for the Housing mortgage foreclosure bill. The Senate previously voted 88-8 to attach the bipartisan Cantwell-Ensign S. 2821 bill to the housing bill (vote tally and cosponsors attached). That amendment was stripped from the bill by House leaders before approval by the House of H.R. 6049. An identical House companion to S. 2821, H.R. 5984, has been introduced by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. It has 75 bipartisan cosponsors but has not yet been permitted to come to a vote (cosponsor list attached at bottom of post).

We encourage you to call your congressperson to tell them how you feel about this measure. To get the numbers of your senators or house members, go to and More information about the legislation, sponsors, and votes under the fold.

Maintaining consistent incentives for renewable energy policy will free up American businesses to do what they do best, (innovate), and that will result in American ownership of the Intellectual Property rather than German or Japanese or Chinese companies. More domestic production of energy will also reduce reliance upon foreign energy sources.

An independent study by Navigant found that “112,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries (78,000 wind, 34,000 solar) and $19 billion in investment” are at risk over the next 6-8 months in the United States f the renewable energy tax credits are allowed to expire.

Attached document includes:

I. Summary of provisions in The Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008 - S. 2821/H.R. 5984

Purpose: To provide for the limited continuation of clean energy production incentives and incentives to improve energy efficiency in order to prevent a downturn in these sectors that would result from a lapse in the tax law.

Title I – Extension of Clean Energy Production Incentives

Section 101. Extension and modification of the renewable energy production tax credit (IRC Section 45).

Section 102. Extension and modification of the solar energy and fuel cell investment tax credit (“ITC”) (IRC Section 48).

Section 103. Extension and modification of the residential energy-efficient property credit (IRC Section 25D).

Section 104. Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (“CREBs”) (IRC Section 54).

Section 105. Extension of the special rule to implement FERC restructuring policy (IRC section 451(i)).

Title II – Extension of Incentives to Improve Energy Efficiency

Section 201. Extension and modification of the credit for energy-efficiency improvements to existing homes (IRC section 25C).

Section 202. Extension of the tax credit for energy-efficient new homes (IRC section 45L).

Section 203. Extension of the energy-efficient commercial buildings deduction (IRC section 179D).

Section 204. Modification and extension of the energy-efficient appliance credit (IRC section 45M).

II. House Cosponsors of H.R. 5984 - Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008

III. Senate Cosponsors of S. 2821 - Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008

IV. Tally of Senate 88-8 Vote to add the Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008 to the housing mortgage foreclosure bill

V. House Cosponsors of H.R.197 that would extend for 5-years the tax credits for electricity produced from certain renewable energy sources.


Link below to Baltimore Examiner Op Ed by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

pdf version:

The Baltimore Examiner

May 20, 2008

# 309 of 7,578

Commentary - Roscoe G. Bartlett: Congressional delays hobble renewable energy


You might think that with oil over $125 per barrel and gasoline fast approaching $4 a gallon, it’s a no-brainer that…tax credits for clean, renewable domestic energy production would be extended. You would be wrong. House members could compromise and support H.R. 5984, which has already been approved 88-8 by the Senate. Shouldn’t that be a no-brainer?

II. Cosponsors of H.R. 5984 - Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008

H.R.5984 [110th]

Title:Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008
Sponsor: Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6] (introduced 5/7/2008) Cosponsors: 75
Committees: House Ways and Means
Related Bills: S.2821
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

COSPONSORS, ALPHABETICAL [* = original cosponsor]: (Change sort: by date, by party)
Cosponsor Statistics: 75 current (includes 33 original)

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Blunt, Roy [R-MO-7] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Bono Mack, Mary [R-CA-45] - 5/14/2008

Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-7] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] - 6/4/2008

Rep Burton, Dan [R-IN-5] - 5/19/2008

Rep Calvert, Ken [R-CA-44] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Camp, Dave [R-MI-4] - 5/21/2008

Rep Cantor, Eric [R-VA-7] - 5/21/2008

Rep Castle, Michael N. [R-DE] - 5/14/2008

Rep Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Cubin, Barbara [R-WY] - 6/3/2008

Rep Davis, David [R-TN-1] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Doolittle, John T. [R-CA-4] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Dreier, David [R-CA-26] - 5/21/2008

Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [R-MI-3] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep English, Phil [R-PA-3] - 5/21/2008

Rep Everett, Terry [R-AL-2] - 6/3/2008

Rep Fallin, Mary [R-OK-5] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] - 5/8/2008

Rep Franks, Trent [R-AZ-2] - 5/21/2008

Rep Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Garrett, Scott [R-NJ-5] - 6/3/2008

Rep Gerlach, Jim [R-PA-6] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [R-MD-1] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Gingrey, Phil [R-GA-11] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Hayes, Robin [R-NC-8] - 5/21/2008

Rep Heller, Dean [R-NV-2] - 5/14/2008

Rep Herger, Wally [R-CA-2] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Hoekstra, Peter [R-MI-2] - 6/4/2008

Rep Inglis, Bob [R-SC-4] - 6/3/2008

Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [R-IL-15] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1] - 5/21/2008

Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL-10] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Kuhl, John R. "Randy", Jr. [R-NY-29] - 6/4/2008

Rep LaHood, Ray [R-IL-18] - 6/3/2008

Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [R-OH-14] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Lewis, Jerry [R-CA-41] - 6/3/2008

Rep Lewis, Ron [R-KY-2] - 5/14/2008

Rep McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] - 5/21/2008

Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [R-MI-11] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] - 5/21/2008

Rep Musgrave, Marilyn N. [R-CO-4] - 5/13/2008

Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [R-NC-9] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19] - 6/4/2008

Rep Paul, Ron [R-TX-14] - 5/13/2008

Rep Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] - 6/3/2008

Rep Pence, Mike [R-IN-6] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [R-PA-16] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Platts, Todd Russell [R-PA-19] - 5/21/2008

Rep Porter, Jon C. [R-NV-3] - 5/19/2008

Rep Radanovich, George [R-CA-19] - 5/19/2008

Rep Regula, Ralph [R-OH-16] - 5/21/2008

Rep Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] - 5/21/2008

Rep Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Schmidt, Jean [R-OH-2] - 6/3/2008

Rep Shadegg, John B. [R-AZ-3] - 5/8/2008

Rep Shimkus, John [R-IL-19] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] - 6/5/2008

Rep Souder, Mark E. [R-IN-3] - 5/8/2008

Rep Terry, Lee [R-NE-2] - 5/13/2008

Rep Tiahrt, Todd [R-KS-4] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] - 6/4/2008

Rep Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Wamp, Zach [R-TN-3] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Weldon, Dave [R-FL-15] - 5/7/2008 *

Rep Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] - 6/3/2008

Rep Young, C.W. Bill [R-FL-10] - 6/3/2008

Rep Young, Don [R-AK] - 5/21/2008

III. Senate Cosponsors of S. 2821 - Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008

Sen Bayh, Evan [D-IN] - 4/7/2008

Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [D-DE] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Boxer, Barbara [D-CA] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] - 4/8/2008

Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] - 4/9/2008

Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [D-CT] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Johnson, Tim [D-SD] - 4/4/2008

Sen Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [D-LA] - 4/4/2008

Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] - 4/7/2008

Sen Levin, Carl [D-MI] - 4/7/2008

Sen Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] - 4/4/2008

Sen Murray, Patty [D-WA] - 4/7/2008

Sen Salazar, Ken [D-CO] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Allard, Wayne [R-CO] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Barrasso, John [R-WY] - 4/9/2008

Sen Burr, Richard [R-NC] - 4/4/2008

Sen Coleman, Norm [R-MN] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Cornyn, John [R-TX] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Craig, Larry E. [R-ID] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Dole, Elizabeth [R-NC] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Domenici, Pete V. [R-NM] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Ensign, John [R-NV] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] - 4/4/2008

Sen Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] - 4/10/2008

Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [R-TX] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Martinez, Mel [R-FL] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Roberts, Pat [R-KS] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Smith, Gordon H. [R-OR] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [R-ME] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Stevens, Ted [R-AK] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Sununu, John E. [R-NH] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Thune, John [R-SD] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Warner, John [R-VA] - 4/8/2008

Sen Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] - 4/3/2008 *

Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [ID-CT] - 4/7/2008

IV. Tally of Senate 88-8 Vote to add the Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008 to the housing mortgage foreclosure bill

United States Senate

110th Congress, Second Session

Roll Call vote #95

April 10, 2008

On the Amendment S.Amdt. 4419

Agreed to

Ensign Amdt. No. 4419; To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the limited continuation of clean energy production incentives and incentives to improve energy efficiency in order to prevent a downturn in these sectors that would result from a lapse in the tax law. Text identical to S. 2821.

Vote Counts:





Not Voting


Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs ---88

Akaka (D-HI)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)

Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)

Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---8

Alexander (R-TN)
Bunning (R-KY)
Byrd (D-WV)

Carper (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Kyl (R-AZ)

Sessions (R-AL)
Voinovich (R-OH)

Not Voting - 4

Clinton (D-NY)
Dole (R-NC)

McCain (R-AZ)
Obama (D-IL)

Grouped by Home State


Sessions (R-AL), Nay

Shelby (R-AL), Yea


Murkowski (R-AK), Yea

Stevens (R-AK), Yea


Kyl (R-AZ), Nay

McCain (R-AZ), Not Voting


Lincoln (D-AR), Yea

Pryor (D-AR), Yea


Boxer (D-CA), Yea

Feinstein (D-CA), Yea


Allard (R-CO), Yea

Salazar (D-CO), Yea


Dodd (D-CT), Nay

Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea


Biden (D-DE), Yea

Carper (D-DE), Nay


Martinez (R-FL), Yea

Nelson (D-FL), Yea


Chambliss (R-GA), Yea

Isakson (R-GA), Yea


Akaka (D-HI), Yea

Inouye (D-HI), Yea


Craig (R-ID), Yea

Crapo (R-ID), Yea


Durbin (D-IL), Yea

Obama (D-IL), Not Voting


Bayh (D-IN), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Yea


Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Yea


Brownback (R-KS), Yea

Roberts (R-KS), Yea


Bunning (R-KY), Nay

McConnell (R-KY), Yea


Landrieu (D-LA), Yea

Vitter (R-LA), Yea


Collins (R-ME), Yea

Snowe (R-ME), Yea


Cardin (D-MD), Yea

Mikulski (D-MD), Yea


Kennedy (D-MA), Yea

Kerry (D-MA), Yea


Levin (D-MI), Yea

Stabenow (D-MI), Yea


Coleman (R-MN), Yea

Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea


Cochran (R-MS), Yea

Wicker (R-MS), Yea


Bond (R-MO), Yea

McCaskill (D-MO), Yea


Baucus (D-MT), Yea

Tester (D-MT), Yea


Hagel (R-NE), Yea

Nelson (D-NE), Yea


Ensign (R-NV), Yea

Reid (D-NV), Yea

New Hampshire:

Gregg (R-NH), Yea

Sununu (R-NH), Yea

New Jersey:

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea

Menendez (D-NJ), Yea

New Mexico:

Bingaman (D-NM), Yea

Domenici (R-NM), Yea

New York:

Clinton (D-NY), Not Voting

Schumer (D-NY), Yea

North Carolina:

Burr (R-NC), Yea

Dole (R-NC), Not Voting

North Dakota:

Conrad (D-ND), Yea

Dorgan (D-ND), Yea


Brown (D-OH), Yea

Voinovich (R-OH), Nay


Coburn (R-OK), Yea

Inhofe (R-OK), Yea


Smith (R-OR), Yea

Wyden (D-OR), Yea


Casey (D-PA), Yea

Specter (R-PA), Yea

Rhode Island:

Reed (D-RI), Yea

Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea

South Carolina:

DeMint (R-SC), Yea

Graham (R-SC), Yea

South Dakota:

Johnson (D-SD), Yea

Thune (R-SD), Yea


Alexander (R-TN), Nay

Corker (R-TN), Yea


Cornyn (R-TX), Yea

Hutchison (R-TX), Yea


Bennett (R-UT), Yea

Hatch (R-UT), Yea


Leahy (D-VT), Yea

Sanders (I-VT), Yea


Warner (R-VA), Yea

Webb (D-VA), Yea


Cantwell (D-WA), Yea

Murray (D-WA), Yea

West Virginia:

Byrd (D-WV), Nay

Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea


Feingold (D-WI), Yea

Kohl (D-WI), Yea


Barrasso (R-WY), Yea

Enzi (R-WY), Yea

V. House Cosponsors of H.R.197 that would extend for 5-years the tax credits for electricity produced from certain renewable energy sources.

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources. (Introduced in House)

HR 197 IH

H.R.197 [110th]

Title:To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources.
Sponsor: Rep Pomeroy, Earl [D-ND] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors: 134
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Full Text:


1st Session

H. R. 197

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources.

January 4, 2007

Mr. POMEROY (for himself, Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, and Mr. WAMP) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 45(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to qualified facilities) is amended by striking `2009' each place it appears and inserting `2014'.

COSPONSORS, BY PARTY [* = original cosponsor]: (Change sort: by alphabetical, by date)
Cosponsor Statistics: 134 current (includes 3 original)

Rep Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1] - 1/24/2007

Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [D-NY-24] - 5/3/2007

Rep Baird, Brian [D-WA-3] - 1/24/2007

Rep Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI-2] - 2/12/2007

Rep Berkley, Shelley [D-NV-1] - 1/24/2007

Rep Berman, Howard L. [D-CA-28] - 5/1/2007

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] - 1/12/2007

Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [D-IA-3] - 2/12/2007

Rep Boyda, Nancy E. [D-KS-2] - 3/19/2007

Rep Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] - 1/24/2007

Rep Capps, Lois [D-CA-23] - 4/16/2007

Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] - 2/6/2007

Rep Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] - 5/3/2007

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14] - 3/5/2007

Rep Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] - 5/3/2007

Rep Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] - 3/5/2007

Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] - 1/24/2007

Rep DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] - 2/8/2007

Rep Delahunt, William D. [D-MA-10] - 5/1/2007

Rep Donnelly, Joe [D-IN-2] - 5/8/2007

Rep Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14] - 5/8/2007

Rep Ellsworth, Brad [D-IN-8] - 1/29/2008

Rep Farr, Sam [D-CA-17] - 3/5/2007

Rep Filner, Bob [D-CA-51] - 1/24/2007

Rep Frank, Barney [D-MA-4] - 5/1/2007

Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [D-AZ-8] - 2/16/2007

Rep Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY-20] - 1/24/2007

Rep Gordon, Bart [D-TN-6] - 5/8/2007

Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-7] - 2/16/2007

Rep Harman, Jane [D-CA-36] - 5/8/2007

Rep Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D-SD] - 5/1/2007

Rep Higgins, Brian [D-NY-27] - 5/1/2007

Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [D-TX-15] - 1/24/2007

Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI-2] - 1/24/2007

Rep Holt, Rush D. [D-NJ-12] - 1/24/2007

Rep Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-15] - 1/31/2007

Rep Hooley, Darlene [D-OR-5] - 3/5/2007

Rep Inslee, Jay [D-WA-1] - 4/18/2007

Rep Israel, Steve [D-NY-2] - 3/5/2007

Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] - 6/7/2007

Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [D-OH-11] - 3/7/2007

Rep Kagen, Steve [D-WI-8] - 3/5/2007

Rep Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] - 4/24/2007

Rep Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] - 4/18/2007

Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [D-OH-10] - 1/31/2007

Rep Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] - 3/7/2007

Rep Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] - 5/1/2007

Rep Lewis, John [D-GA-5] - 2/12/2007

Rep Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] - 1/24/2007

Rep Loebsack, David [D-IA-2] - 5/15/2007

Rep Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-16] - 5/15/2007

Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14] - 3/5/2007

Rep Markey, Edward J. [D-MA-7] - 5/1/2007

Rep Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-5] - 1/24/2007

Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4] - 3/5/2007

Rep McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] - 1/24/2007

Rep McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7] - 1/12/2007

Rep McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-11] - 2/6/2007

Rep Meehan, Martin T. [D-MA-5] - 6/14/2007

Rep Miller, Brad [D-NC-13] - 1/24/2007

Rep Miller, George [D-CA-7] - 5/15/2007

Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [D-AZ-5] - 5/24/2007

Rep Moore, Dennis [D-KS-3] - 2/12/2007

Rep Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] - 2/6/2007

Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [D-PA-8] - 2/6/2007

Rep Oberstar, James L. [D-MN-8] - 3/19/2007

Rep Olver, John W. [D-MA-1] - 5/15/2007

Rep Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] - 1/24/2007

Rep Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] - 1/31/2007

Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [D-TX-23] - 4/16/2007

Rep Ross, Mike [D-AR-4] - 1/24/2007

Rep Rothman, Steven R. [D-NJ-9] - 7/19/2007

Rep Sanchez, Loretta [D-CA-47] - 5/8/2007

Rep Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-29] - 1/24/2007

Rep Sestak, Joe [D-PA-7] - 6/14/2007

Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1] - 1/31/2007

Rep Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] - 4/24/2007

Rep Snyder, Vic [D-AR-2] - 9/6/2007

Rep Sutton, Betty [D-OH-13] - 1/24/2007

Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [D-CA-10] - 5/1/2007

Rep Tierney, John F. [D-MA-6] - 5/3/2007

Rep Udall, Mark [D-CO-2] - 1/4/2007 *

Rep Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8] - 2/16/2007

Rep Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] - 2/7/2008

Rep Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-30] - 4/24/2007

Rep Wexler, Robert [D-FL-19] - 5/3/2007

Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6] - 5/1/2007

Rep Wu, David [D-OR-1] - 4/16/2007

Rep Bachmann, Michele [R-MN-6] - 4/3/2008

Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6] - 1/24/2007

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I'm a little concerned at the way that you're putting this measure forwards with the claimed intent of ending up with US ownership of important intellectual property for carbon reduction. The people who need the carbon reduction technology are the Chinese, the Indians and particularly the Russians, the last thing they're going to want to do is pay patent fees for it, and 'we wish to compel you to install this technology for which you will have to pay us' is unlikely to be a line of negotiation which the Zhongnanhai, the Bhārat Sarkār or the Kremlin will follow happily.

To keep the ice-caps from melting and the seas from flooding, we need options much more like having the West pay the Chinese to build carbon-reduction-equipment factories, whose output we will pay to install on their power stations. It's another large transfer payment to China, but what's one among so many?

If you are trying to influence Europeans, flatter them by telling them what they do will make a difference to saving the planet.

If you are trying to influence Americans, tell them it will make them money.

Mabey I am just getting cynical in my old age...

You raise a fair concern. However, I wanted to inject some Realpolitik into our understanding of (mostly US) politics and policy discussions. I am not advocating a position on this legislation--it is more that I am bringing you a story about how domestic renewable incentives (a good thing for many in my estimation) can be conflated with IP concerns (a good thing for a few). Just the fact that the two are tied up together is fascinating to me from a framing point of view...politics, she is a complex beast.

If we cannot find a way to come together to incentivise wise steps for our future with the evidence about our future that we have right now, well, it makes me shudder...

I wholeheartedly support the legislation and contacted my representatives to express my support for both the renewable energy and energy efficiency tax credits.

John Warner R VA Senate
Jim Webb D VA Senate
Robert C Scott D VA House

US ownership of important intellectual property

Property de la Intellectual ya say?

It would allow the Feds to seize hardware that has even one file coming from 'dubious origins,' e.g. downloaded from P2P. If passed into law, the bill would establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Division within the office of the Deputy Attorney General. Rep. John Conyers says the goal is to 'prioritize intellectual property protection to the highest level of our government.'"

So ya all might wanna look over your machines/media and make sure its purged of that nasty unlicensed IP if this gets passed. Your concern over IP may get negated if enough people are fined into non-existance when protecting IP in the US of A.

Nice work, Prof G, thanks for giving this some space. Many TOD may still be confused, there have been a number of bills from both Senate and House for extension of investment tax credits beyond Dec 31 2008, each with a different twist.

Questions for anyone out there:
S.2821 passed 88-8 with bipartisan sponsorship
H.R.5984 (Bartlett's companion and identical to s.2821), all republican sponsors.
What's the deal?? Would seem unlikely tp pass without support from House democrats.
(see below about pay-as-you-go issue)

Other bills still out there, besides Bartlett's H.R. 5984, waiting for some action:

Anyone know where this has gone??
H.R. 5351 (The Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act of 2008)
would extend the tax credits, with cost of the program borne by the repeal of subsidies to oil companies
House passed 236-182 on Feb 27 2008
Referred to Senate, according to

H.R. 197 (as noted above by Prof Goose, 134 cosponsors, bi-partisan)
Last Action: (as of May 2, 2008)
Jan 4, 2007: Referred to the House Committee On Ways and Means
According to (on June 10 2008):

The good news is that the Senate has passed a bill called S. 2821, the bipartisan Cantwell-Ensign Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008. S. 2821 has 43 co-sponsors. It provides for the limited continuation of the PTC for renewable energy. The Senate vote was 88-8 in favor.
There is a companion bill in the House, called H.R. 5984, with 70 co-sponsors. There is another version of this bill called H.R. 197, the "Pomeroy bill." But both versions are being blocked by the "pay-as-you-go" (PAYGO) rule that prevents "tax cuts" without corresponding tax increases. Contact your representative and urge him or her to support H.R. 5984 or the alternative H.R. 197, called the "Pomeroy bill."

Hi John,

Good to see you posting! I spoke just now with Mary Frances Repko in the Majority Leader's office (my Congressman Hoyer) and it looks as though HR 6049 may be brought up again in the Senate. EandE daily is the source she cited though it needs a subscription.

The difficulty is, as you point out, having the incentives as revenue neutral or not. HR 5985 and 197 do not include tax increases that cover the cost of the incentives. HR 6049 does. However, it does not take the taxes out of the energy but rather finance industry I think, and, according the Mary Frances, closing loopholes that the taxed industry agrees need to be closed.

In any case, the Majority Leader would be supportive of the five year extention concept in the Pomeroy Bill but they are working on getting a formula that works in the Senate. Apparently, paying for these incentive by closing incentives for oil companies is not going to fly. But, if we do something sensible like institute gas rationing to bring down prices, the oil companies won't have the profits to tax in any case so I don't see a reason to balance against their incentives.

In terms of revenue, it seems to me that the renewable incentives will ultimately be revenue positive no matter how the current accounting is done since there will be taxes coming in once they expire on a much larger industry than would exist at that point otherwise. I suppose that sounds a bit supply-side but energy is an arena where those arguments actually have some merit.


A little more info: The failure of HR 6049 in the Senate was on a vote to end (or limit) debate, I think to 30 hours. It can be brought up as regular business and debated (and ammended) over a longer period. Here is another recent article:

There is some he-said-she-said in this article:

I would say that the best place to put some pressure is on McCain who can agree with Grassley that the conditions don't make sense but at the same time vote for some tax increases that do make sense. That way he can come across as pragmatic and ready for the general. It is uncertain how much strength McCain has in his own party yet, but his party is pretty good at unity so if he attempts to lead, there may be enough who will go along. So far, on these issues, he has been ducking votes. Letting him know that we need action and not just words might do the job.


Thanks, Chris, for these clarifications and the links. I'd be surprised if this doesn't go on into the fall, when yet more political hay can be cut and dried.

BTW, I've been posting PV install prices by market segment for NJ here. The data needs to be updated - which is on my computer - just need time to graph and post. Data by way of Charlie Garrison of Honeywell and Scott Hunter and Mike Winka from the Office of Clean Energy. The more we know the better our choices.

Hi John,

The SREC prices are about where we guessed I think. Looks like they are working then. Nice work on the graphs too.


Thanks, Prof Goose for this piece.

We took advantage of the EPact of 2005 and made some major energy improvements to our house. The improvements made were eligible for a tax deduction of 10% of the cost of select energy upgrades, including insulation and high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, the maximum deduction was $500. Did the tax deduction initiate the energy improvements for us, not by itself, but it did help defray some of the costs and there was some utility rebates as well.

As I recall, the tax credits for improving existing homes expired in 2007 but the new home tax credit of $2,000 runs through 2008. If we are to conserve scarce energy resources in the US, the energy legislation must be approved and expanded at the earliest opportunity.

Thanks for the info. I'm working on e-mail my Rep. right now.

I did a search for HR 5984 on THOMAS and I got something completely different. Do you know what the deal with that is?

Jeebus, THIS has got to pay Everyone back!

Flex-fuel PHEV

88 mpg City

50 mpg Highway

Hurry up, Guys. I want mine in a Mustang :)

Too expensive to be economically viable

I just emailed my rep (Ellison, D-MN).