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The 2003 Energy Bill

Compromise energy legislation includes components that would:

-Exclude President Bush's proposal to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Alaska to drilling.

-Include reliability requirements for high-voltage power lines and add incentives to increase power line investment to address issues raised by the August 2003 blackout in the Northeast.

-Provide billions of dollars in tax incentives to spur development of oil, natural gas, clean coal and nuclear power.

-Give authority and financial assistance to build a $20 billion pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska's North Slope.

-Offer tax incentives to improve energy efficiency of homes and some appliances and encourage use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biodiesel.

-Ease some environmental rules and speed up permits to promote energy development of federal lands.

-Authorize the Energy Department to build a $1 billion nuclear reactor in Idaho to produce hydrogen and offer tax breaks to spur development of up to six next-generation commercial power nuclear reactors.

-Double production of corn-based ethanol for gasoline to 5 billion gallons a year by 2012.

Sources: Associated Press, House and Senate energy committees

Editorials and Opinions
 Halliburton, Again (The Washington Post, 10/19/03)
 Deregulation: A Tragedy In Three Acts (The Washington Post, 9/13/03)
 How to Prevent Future Blackouts (The Washington Post, 8/17/03)
 Wasted Energy (The Washington Post, 8/3/03)
 Energy Fix: Pump the Oil, Raise the Tax (The Washington Post, 6/20/03)
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 Background: Federal Energy Regulation Commission
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President Bush's Energy Report
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Guide to energy conservation
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Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

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