Bioenergy, Geothermal, Wind Power

Congressional RE Caucus Tips the Balance

The House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) Caucus announced that Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) has joined the congressional group as its 222nd participant bringing membership up to a majority of the voting Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Washington D.C. – October 14, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The body now includes 218 voting Members (133 Democrats, 84 Republicans; 1 Independent) representing 45 states as well as non-voting delegates from Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, making the RE/EE Caucus one of the largest caucuses in the U.S. Congress. Founded in 1996, the House RE/EE Caucus is co-chaired by Reps. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) with Reps. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Greg Walden (R-OR) serving as vice-chairs. The House RE/EE Caucus is a non-legislative, bi-partisan, information-sharing clearinghouse that regularly provides its members with updates on the status and potential of the cross-section of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Since its founding, the Caucus has worked closely with the Sustainable Energy Coalition. Jointly-sponsored activities have included an annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo which brings 50-60 sustainable energy businesses to the Congress to display their technologies and which typically attracts 3,000+ visitors; the next is slated to be held in spring 2004 (date to be announced). During this past year, the Caucus and the Coalition have also co-hosted a series of eight briefings for Members, their staffs, and the general public on the status of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric, hydrogen, and energy efficient technologies. Most recently, on October 7, the Caucus and Coalition co-sponsored a half-day seminar to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo that was attended by 150 congressional staff, media, and other interested persons. The Caucus also distributes to its members a weekly compilation of news stories prepared by the Coalition on sustainable energy issues.A copy of the complete list of members of the House RE/EE Caucus may be requested by e-mailing [email protected] or [email protected]