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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Next Chapter

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Next Chapter

Date: December 17, 2001
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne; Gelb, Bernard A & Baldwin, Pamela
Description: This report discusses the ongoing debate about whether or not to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for energy development. The report discusses arguments for and against such development and focuses especially on related pieces of legislation that directly affects the future of the ANWR.
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Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Date: December 7, 2001
Creator: Bamberger, Robert L
Description: None
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ANWR Development: Economic Impacts

ANWR Development: Economic Impacts

Date: December 3, 2001
Creator: Gelb, Bernard A
Description: This report briefly discusses Congressional considerations on whether to continue to protect the ecosystem on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) or to open it to oil and gas development.
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Renewable Energy: Tax Credit, Budget, and Electricity Production Issues

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

Date: November 29, 2001
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: None
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The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program

Date: November 14, 2001
Creator: Butler, Alice D
Description: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is one of the largest energy conservation programs in the nation. The DOE program is implemented in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Native American Tribes. It weatherizes an average of 70,000 dwellings per year. The program strives to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings occupied by low-income persons in order to reduce their energy consumption and lower their fuel bills. It targets vulnerable groups including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.
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The Department of Energy's Tritium Production Program

The Department of Energy's Tritium Production Program

Date: November 8, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen used to enhance the explosive yield of every thermonuclear weapon. Tritium has a radioactive decay rate of 5.5% per year and has not been produced in this country for weapons purposes since 1988. To compensate for decay losses, tritium levels in the existing stockpile are being maintained by recycling and reprocessing it from dismantled nuclear weapons. To maintain the nuclear weapons stockpile at the level called for in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) II (not yet in force), however, a new tritium source would be needed by the year 2011. If the START I stockpile levels remain the target, as is now the case, tritium production would be needed by 2005.
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Magnetic Fusion: The DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program

Magnetic Fusion: The DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program

Date: November 7, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: None
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Nuclear Energy Policy

Nuclear Energy Policy

Date: November 7, 2001
Creator: Holt, Mark & Behrens, Carl E
Description: None
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Oil Prices: Overview of Current World Market Dynamics

Oil Prices: Overview of Current World Market Dynamics

Date: October 26, 2001
Creator: Kumins, Lawrence C
Description: None
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Electricity: The Road Toward Restructuring

Electricity: The Road Toward Restructuring

Date: September 7, 2001
Creator: Abel, Amy & Parker, Larry
Description: The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA) and the Federal Power Act (FPA) were enacted to eliminate unfair practices and other abuses by electricity and gas holding companies by requiring federal control and regulation of interstate public utility holding companies. Comprehensive energy legislation has passed the House and Senate. The House passed H.R. 6 on April 11, 2003. On July 31, 2003, the Senate suspended debate on S. 14, inserted the text of H.R. 4 (107th Congress) as a substitute, and passed H.R. 6. A conference agreement was reached November 17, 2003, and passed by the House the next day. H.R. 6 includes an electricity title that would, in part, repeal PUHCA, would prospectively repeal the mandatory purchase requirement under PURPA, and would create an electric reliability organization. On June 15, 2004, H.R. 4503, a comprehensive energy policy bill, passed the House.
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