Energy efficiency and hydropower legislation advanced Wednesday to the Senate floor from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but not before conservatives registered their concern about new federal spending.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was approved on a 19-3 voice vote, with Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Tim Scott, R-S.C. voting against.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden is set on Wednesday to pass bipartisan hydropower and energy efficiency bills through the committee.
If approved, they would mark the first energy-related bills sent to the Senate floor under Wyden's chairmanship. Committee passage could set the stage for enactment of non-controversial energy legislation into law that skirts larger partisan and regional differences over fossil fuel and renewable energy policies.