Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States next week and as his administration takes over the reins of the republic, the renewable energy industries will be watching closely. Obama has said that he plans for the government to invest US $150 billion in renewable energy and hopefully double generation capacity from renewable sources by 2010. His proposed economic stimulus package could be the vehicle that will deliver on those goals.

"We can continue to grow through this difficult period only if the new Administration and the 111th Congress act immediately to make renewable tax incentives refundable so they can work as they are intended to -- even in the current financial context. This is a critical first step to building the new, clean energy economy." -- Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association