June 28, 2005

U.S. Senate passes energy bill, House talks loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed awide-ranging energy bill that doubles use of corn-blendedethanol by 2012, shores up electricity grid reliability andoffers $16 billion in tax breaks and incentives to boostdomestic production.

The bill still must be reconciled with an $8 billion energypackage passed by the House of Representatives in April beforea final version is sent to President Bush.

Missing from the Senate plan are several contentious issuesapproved by the House, including limited liability for makersof a water-polluting fuel additive and drilling in Alaska'sArctic National Wildlife Refuge.