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go directly to report, PDF _ R41296 - Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Status and Issues
8-Nov-2010; Megan Stubbs; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 22, 2010
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Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, 2008 farm bill) created the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The two main purposes of BCAP are (1) to support the establishment and production of eligible crops for conversion to bioenergy in selected areas, and (2) to assist ag.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41150 - Energy and Water Development: FY2011 Appropriations
30-Sep-2010; Carl E. Behrens; 55 p.
Abstract: The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill provides funding for civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and a number of independent agencies.

Key budgetary issues for FY2011 i.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Water, Economics & Trade

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go directly to report, PDF _ R40999 - Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 111th Congress
20-Sep-2010; Donald Marples, Molly Sherlock; 30 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 16, 2010
March 8, 2010
December 30, 2009
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Abstract: Energy tax policy involves the use of one of the government’s main fiscal instruments, taxes (both as an incentive and as a disincentive) to alter the allocation or configuration of energy resources and their use. In theory, energy taxes and subsidies, like tax policy instruments in general, are .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33275 - The LIHEAP Formula: Legislative History and Current Law
8-Sep-2010; Libby Perl; 38 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 30, 2007
July 18, 2006
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Abstract: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides funds to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations (collectively referred to as grantees) primarily to help low-income households pay home energy expenses. The LIHEAP statut.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, General Interest
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34331 - Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities
23-Aug-2010; Mark Holt and Anthony Andrews ; 14 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 18, 2008
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Abstract: The physical security of nuclear power plants and their vulnerability to deliberate acts of terrorism was elevated to a national security concern following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since the attacks, Congress has repeatedly focused oversight and legislative attention on nuclear power pl.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34130 - Renewable Energy Programs in the 2008 Farm Bill
13-Aug-2010; Megan Stubbs; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 22, 2010
January 23, 2009
September 17, 2008
October 29, 2007
October 1, 2007
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Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, the 2008 farm bill) extends and expands many of the renewable energy programs originally authorized in the 2002 farm bill. The bill also continues the emphasis on the research and development of advanced and cellulosic bioenergy author.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40175 - Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting
11-Aug-2010; Adam Vann; 16 p.
Abstract: Technological advancement, financial incentives, and policy concerns have driven a global expansion in the development of renewable energy resources. Wind energy, in particular, is now often cited as the fastest-growing commercial energy source in the world. Currently, all U.S. wind energy facili.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Marine, Science & Technology
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34738 - Cellulosic Biofuels: Analysis of Policy Issues for Congress
28-Jul-2010; Kelsi Bracmort, Randy Schnepf, Megan Stubbs, Brent Yacobucci; 26 p.
Abstract: Cellulosic biofuels are produced from cellulose (fibrous material) derived from renewable biomass. They are thought by many to hold the key to increased benefits from renewable biofuels because they are made from potentially low-cost, diverse, non-food feedstocks. Cellulosic biofuels could also p.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41341 - Regulating Coal Combustion Waste Disposal: Issues for Congress
21-Sep-2010; Linda Luther; 25 p.
Abstract: Coal combustion waste (CCW) is inorganic material that remains after pulverized coal is burned for electricity production. A tremendous amount of the material is generated each year—industry estimates that as much as 136 million tons were generated in 2008. On December 22, 2008, national attentio.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Pollution, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41106 - Meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Mandate for Cellulosic Biofuels: Questions and Answers
28-Aug-2010; Kelsi Bracmont; 17 p.
Abstract: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA; P.L. 110-140) in an effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil, promote biofuel use, and stabilize transportation fuel prices, among other goals. Over a 15-year period, the RFS seeks to es.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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