WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement on today’s House Natural Resources Committee joint hearing on “Getting Past Gridlock: Models for Renewable Energy Siting and Transmission.” The hearing was led by Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Jim Costa (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairwoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA):
“We applaud Chairman Costa and Chairwoman Napolitano for taking the lead on addressing issues revolving around the siting of renewable energy projects and transmitting clean energy to where it is needed most.
“The timing of this hearing couldn’t be better. Recent independent polling shows that 92 percent of the American public supports developing and using solar energy. And with the UN Climate Change Conference a month away, this is a great time to talk about one of the most rapid ways to reduce the emissions that lead to global warming: developing utility-scale solar energy.
“America has some of the best solar resources in the world, especially in the Southwest. But to move forward we need a streamlined siting process for utility-scale solar projects and a comprehensive planning process to determine what areas of our electric grid need to be renovated and where new lines might be needed.
“By enacting smart federal policies to accelerate the deployment of utility-scale solar, we can create jobs around the country and diversify America’s energy portfolio.”
For More Information:
Solar Energy Industries Association and American Wind Energy Association white paper “Green Power Superhighways: Building a Path to America’s Clean Energy Future” - http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/GreenPowerSuperhighways.pdf
SEIA Transmission Background Materials - http://seia.org/cs/transmission
SEIA Plant Siting Background Materials - http://seia.org/cs/federal_issues/plant_siting
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Learn more at www.seia.org.
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