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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Restructuring DOE and Its Laboratories: Issues in the 106th Congress

Restructuring DOE and Its Laboratories: Issues in the 106th Congress

Date: October 6, 2000
Creator: Boesman, William C
Description: None
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Appropriations for FY2001: Energy and Water Development

Appropriations for FY2001: Energy and Water Development

Date: October 13, 2000
Creator: Humphries, Marc & Behrens, Carl E
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development Appropriations.
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Energy Tax Policy

Energy Tax Policy

Date: November 9, 2000
Creator: Lazzari, Salvatore
Description: The Clinton Administration’s FY2001 budget proposes several tax subsidies for energy conservation and alternative fuels: 1) solar energy tax credits very similar to those that expired in 1985; 2) a new tax credit for the cost of a new home that would meet certain energy efficiency standards; 3) a tax credit for advanced energy-efficient equipment for space heating and cooling and hot water heaters; 4) more accelerated depreciation deductions for distributed power technologies, including small electrical generating systems (self-generated power), and for co-generation systems; 5) a new tax credit for the purchase of hybrid vehicles – cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and pickups – that run alternately on a consumable fuel (such as gasoline) and a rechargeable energy storage system (such as an electric battery); 6) extension of the present $4,000 tax credit for electric vehicles, which would otherwise terminate on 2004; and 7) a liberalization of the renewable electricity credit from such wind systems and closed-loop biomass systems.
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Energy Independence: Would It Free the United States From Oil Price Shocks?

Energy Independence: Would It Free the United States From Oil Price Shocks?

Date: November 17, 2000
Creator: Labonte, Marc & Makinen, Gail
Description: Over the past 25-years, the U.S. economy has experienced four large oil price shocks (1973-74, 1979-80, 1990-91, and 1999-2000). Each has been a catalyst for discussions about a proper national energy policy. Many analysts have suggested that energy independence should be an integral part of such a policy. Both major party candidates for president in the 2000 election expressed similar views. However, U.S. suppliers of energy participate in the world energy market. So long as prices are determined in that market, energy independence will not free the United States from oil price shocks.
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Appropriations for FY2001: Energy and Water Development

Appropriations for FY2001: Energy and Water Development

Date: November 20, 2000
Creator: Humphries, Marc & Behrens, Carl E
Description: This report discusses the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which includes funding for civil projects of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec), most of the Department of Energy (DOE), and a number of independent agencies.
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Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Date: December 5, 2000
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D
Description: This report reviews several issues relating to alternative fuels and vehicles, mainly to combat dependence on petroleum imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report discusses the advantages and drawbacks of various alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as related legislation.
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Department of Energy Research and Development Budget for FY2001: Description and Analysis

Department of Energy Research and Development Budget for FY2001: Description and Analysis

Date: January 3, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: This report focuses on the R&D programs. It divides the programs into four categories: energy resources R&D, science, national security R&D, and environmental management R&D. Those categories, which approximate the way DOE has divided up its programs, are set up to keep similar research activities together.1 This arrangement is somewhat different from the way the R&D budget is approached by the congressional appropriations committees. This report gives a description of the programs within each category including their research objectives and the activities where significant budget changes were requested for FY2001. It then describes the request and congressional actions on the request.
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Electricity Restructuring: The Implications for Air Quality

Electricity Restructuring: The Implications for Air Quality

Date: January 4, 2001
Creator: Parker, Larry & Blodgett, John E
Description: In the context of federal and state proposals to restructure the electric utility industry, this paper analyzes forces and policies affecting utility generation that may have consequences for emissions of air pollutants and of greenhouse gases. Key concerns are potential increases in nitrogen oxide emissions, raising questions about the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act to regulate a restructured industry, and in carbon dioxide emissions, which are not currently regulated but could be if the U.S. ratifies the Kyoto Agreement. These issues may be raised in the context of electricity restructuring legislation. For ongoing legislative activities, see CRS Issue Brief IB10006, Electricity: The Road Toward Restructuring.
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Renewable Energy: Tax Credit, Budget, and Electricity Restructuring Issues

Renewable Energy: Tax Credit, Budget, and Electricity Restructuring Issues

Date: January 5, 2001
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: None
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Authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Fix Electricity Rates and Charges and to Require Refund Payments by a Public Utility

Authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Fix Electricity Rates and Charges and to Require Refund Payments by a Public Utility

Date: January 9, 2001
Creator: Seitzinger, Michael V
Description: Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act concern rates and charges collected by a public utility in transmitting or selling electric energy in interstate commerce. These rates and charges are required to be just and reasonable. States retain jurisdiction over facilities for generation, distribution, or transmission of electric energy in intrastate commerce. The Commission has the authority to determine that an existing rate is unjust or unreasonable and set a new rate. In certain situations Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may have authority to refund amounts paid in excess of just and reasonable rates. Case law is useful in determining when such a situation may exist.
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Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Date: January 9, 2001
Creator: Bamberger, Robert L
Description: None
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Rising Oil Prices: What Dangers Do They Pose for the Economy?

Rising Oil Prices: What Dangers Do They Pose for the Economy?

Date: January 10, 2001
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: None
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U.S. Home Heating Oil Price and Supply During Winter 2000-2001: Policy Options

U.S. Home Heating Oil Price and Supply During Winter 2000-2001: Policy Options

Date: January 11, 2001
Creator: Bamberger, Robert L
Description: None
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Diesel Fuel and Engines: An Analysis of EPA's New Regulations

Diesel Fuel and Engines: An Analysis of EPA's New Regulations

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D; McCarthy, James E; Fischer, John W; Segarra, Alejandro E & Kumins, Lawrence C
Description: This report reviews the final regulations on diesel fuel and diesel engine emissions signed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner December 21, 2000 and promulgated January 18, 2001. This report examines the rule’s potential impacts on fuel supply, summarizes the issues related to pollution controls, discusses potential impacts on the economy, and discusses issues raised by the timing and implementation schedule of the proposed rule.
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Nuclear Energy Policy

Nuclear Energy Policy

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Holt, Mark & Behrens, Carl E
Description: None
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Sport Utility Vehicles, Mini-Vans and Light Trucks: An Overview of Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards

Sport Utility Vehicles, Mini-Vans and Light Trucks: An Overview of Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards

Date: January 16, 2001
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D
Description: None
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Natural Gas Prices: Overview of Market Factors and Policy Options

Natural Gas Prices: Overview of Market Factors and Policy Options

Date: January 23, 2001
Creator: Kumins, Lawrence C
Description: None
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Renewable Energy: Tax Credit, Budget, and Electricity Restructuring Issues

Renewable Energy: Tax Credit, Budget, and Electricity Restructuring Issues

Date: March 9, 2001
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: None
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Pipeline Safety: Federal Program and Reauthorization Issues

Pipeline Safety: Federal Program and Reauthorization Issues

Date: March 14, 2001
Creator: Rothberg, Paul F & Hassan, Hussein D
Description: None
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Air Quality and Electricity: Initiatives to Increase Pollution Controls

Air Quality and Electricity: Initiatives to Increase Pollution Controls

Date: March 29, 2001
Creator: Parker, Larry & Blodgett, John E
Description: This report discusses air quality initiatives (such as the Ozone Transport Rule) that primarily focus on reducing and enforcing emissions from coal-fired electric generating utilities in the Midwest and South.
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The Clean Coal Technology Program: Current Prospects

The Clean Coal Technology Program: Current Prospects

Date: April 6, 2001
Creator: Behrens, Carl E
Description: The Clean Coal Technology (CCT) program, started in the 1980's and funded generously in the early 1990's, has completed most of its surviving projects and has not funded any new ones since 1994. However, President Bush’s FY2002 budget outline proposed spending $2 billion over 10 years on a restructured CCT program. It is not clear what kind of projects would be included in the new program.
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Magnetic Fusion: The DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program

Magnetic Fusion: The DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program

Date: April 11, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: None
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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: How are State Allotments Determined?

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: How are State Allotments Determined?

Date: April 17, 2001
Creator: Abbey, Craig W.
Description: This report discusses the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is a block grant program under which the federal government provides states annual grants to operate multi-component home energy assistance programs for needy households.
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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Date: April 18, 2001
Creator: Gish, Melinda
Description: This report provides background on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP), originally established in 1981 by Title XXVI of P.L. 97-35 and reauthorized several times. It is a block grant program under which the federal government gives states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations (referred to as grantees) annual grants to operate multi-component home energy assistance programs for needy households.
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