An alliance of farm and rural groups in the United States has welcomed the renewed attention to energy issues in the federal government.
WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-22 <SolarAccess.com> “Action to address the nation’s energy crisis is sorely needed,” says Larry Mitchell of the Alliance for Rural America. “In the near term, we must take steps to avoid another year of wildly fluctuating prices and uncertainty about supplies. In the long run we need to ensure the availability of a safe, reliable and affordable supply of energy for consumers.” “Farmers support proposals to increase and diversify fuel supplies, including proposals in the President’s plan to extend the tax credit for use of wind energy, and expand biomass energy eligible for a tax credit to agricultural sources,” he adds. ” We also welcome the support for clean coal technologies in both the Administration and the House Democratic plans.” The Alliance was formed in 1998 to represent family farms and rural consumers on energy issues. The group claims to represent 550,000 farm and rural members through its affiliated organizations, the American Corn Growers Association, American Agriculture Movement, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, National Association of Farmer Elected Committees, National Farmers Organization, National Grange, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. The group supports proposals for FERC to make the hydro relicensing process more clear and efficient, and to encourage more investment in the electric transmission system. It welcomes the recommendation to study ways to improve transmission efficiency, including the use of incentive rate making for use of transmission lines.