Geothermal, Wind Power

U.S. Secretary to Host Renewable Energy Summit This Fall

The U.S. Department of the Interior will host a summit later this year that will encourage the expansion of renewable energy production on public lands.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-07-23 [SolarAccess.com] The U.S. Department of the Interior will host a summit later this year that will encourage the expansion of renewable energy production on public lands. “To further the priorities of Congress and the President, I’ll bring state and local officials together with industry leaders and other citizens for a renewable energy summit this fall,” says Secretary Gale Norton. “The historic summit will focus on maximizing wind, solar and geothermal energy production on public lands.” “Enhancing production of renewable energy is important for energy stability and a healthy environment,” she adds. “For example, with low emission levels and availability in public lands in the west, geothermal energy provides an excellent opportunity to reduce our dependency on foreign oil.” Almost half of geothermal energy production in the U.S. is based on public lands, and Norton says generation can increase with cooperation and partnerships. “The Department will begin to work immediately with renewable energy leaders and government officials to finalize a date and a place to hold this important summit,” she says. “Working with Congress, the Bush Administration is committed to finding workable solutions that improve our national energy problem.”