This document is a letter of support for the Cleanfields Investment Act (S. 3374), which would provide $50 million in grants to clean up brownfield sites for the purpose of renewable electricity generation.
This document is a letter of support for the Cleanfields Act (S. 3329), which would amend the Renewable Electricity Standard to reward utilities for choosing to site renewable energy projects on brownfields.
Renewable energy is the key to America's economic prosperity and energy future. Improvement of technologies and growing public support for renewables are spurring the industry to unprecedented levels of development.
One of the most promising ideas for expanding renewable energy is to clean up and re-use brownfield sites for renewable energy generation facilities. Because they are underused, abundant, and often close to load, contaminated lands have tremendous potential for renewable energy development in all fifty states.
Renewable energy is the key to America's economic prosperity and sustainable energy future. Exciting technologies for harnessing the power of the sun, the wind, and the earth's heat are continuing to be improved and embraced across the country. Individual states' mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), renewable energy tax incentives, and the growing public support for renewables is spurring the industry to unprecedented levels of development.
For many years we have heard about Superfund sites and brownfields. These abandoned and contaminated sites are not only an eyesore, but are a strain on the local tax base, cause adjacent property values to plummet and can often be hazardous to nearby residents. We don't often hear about how revitalizing these sites can help Oklahoma's communities meet their growing energy needs.
The following statement was issued today by William H. Meadows, President of The Wilderness Society in response to a bipartisan bill to create a national renewable electricity standard, introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) .