A Time for Renewable Energy Action

Over the last few weeks SolarAccess.com has offered extensive coverage about how the renewable energy portions of our next energy bill are shaping up in closed-door sessions among Senate and House conferees.According to Washington insiders, there are only a few days left before the new bill emerges from conference and is forwarded for a vote in the House and Senate. Now is the last chance for advocates of Renewable Energy to be heard. Now is a time for Action!

Over the last few weeks SolarAccess.com has offered extensive coverage about how the renewable energy portions of our next energy bill are shaping up in closed-door sessions among Senate and House conferees. According to Washington insiders, there are only a few days left before the new bill emerges from conference and is forwarded for a vote in the House and Senate. Now is the last chance for advocates of Renewable Energy to be heard. Now is a time for Action! In an effort to make it as easy and quick as possible for you to TAKE ACTION, the SolarAccess.com team has consolidated a list of requests that the industry associations have put forward in a form letter (included below). You can either copy the letter, or download a version of the letter in MS Word format and edit it to your liking before forwarding it to your elected officials. In addition, we encourage you to call your elected officials and let them (or their staff) know how you feel about supporting Renewable Energy. The telephone number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 225-3121. To fin out your representative’s email or fax please go to: http://www.senate.gov or http://www.house.gov If you want to see significant change in the way America sources and consumes energy, it’s up to all of us to make our voices heard. TAKE ACTION NOW! For the SolarAccess.com Team Oliver Strube Publisher SolarAccess.com — TAKE ACTION NOW! Form Letter September 29, 2003 To: Your Representative or Senator From: Your Name and address Subject: H.R. 6 – The Energy Policy Act of 2003 Dear (Senator or Representative), 91 Percent of Americans want to expand use of renewable energy technologies according to a national media poll – and I am one of them. Take this paragraph to introduce yourself. If you are professionally involved in Renewable Energy, mention this. Today, I am writing to urge you to develop a final energy package that will strongly support renewable energy and position our energy markets for the 21st century. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, renewable energy provides an opportunity to respond to three critical national issues with a single, elegant policy response. Increased investment in renewable energy will boost domestic employment, help us begin to find long-term solutions for recurring natural gas shortages, and begin to reinforce and evolve the national electrical grid. The tax portion of the package is the most important element of the bill. In fact, all of the major renewable trade organizations are on record stating that the tax incentives are essential to encourage new investment in renewable energy production. There should be no question that they are the top priority of the renewable energy industries. I urge you to support the following priority items: – Setting A Renewable Portfolio Standard of at least 10 percent by 2020 – Creating strong and unified state net metering and interconnection laws for renewable energy systems up to 1MW – Extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for three years through December 31, 2006 and including solar and incremental hydro in the PTC while maintaining the PTC inflation adjustment provided under current law. – Creating a 15 percent tax credit for photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems, with a cap of $4000 per system. – Creating a new Small Wind Turbine Investment Credit of 30 percent, capped at US$2,000 per system. – Doubling of the existing 10 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy. – Appropriate funding for significant deployments of renewable energy technologies on Federal buildings, and creating a cost-share measure to help state and local governments do the same. – Adopt the House-passed hydroelectric licensing language to preserve our nation’s hydropower resource. – Adopt the Senate passed 1-cent reduction of the diesel excise tax per percentage of biodiesel blended with diesel, up to 20 percent. – Adopt the Senate passed version of the Renewable Fuels Standard that calls for the nation’s fuel supply to increase its use of renewable domestic fuels, like ethanol and biodiesel, to 5 billion gallons by 2012 While the measures supporting renewable energy would be a small percentage of the energy bill’s total cost to the federal government, they will have a large impact on our economy. In addition to the energy and environmental benefits, the renewable energy industry within 25 years expects to employ more than 1,000,000 Americans in high-value, high-tech jobs. These provisions will also impact how the American people perceive this bill. It is no secret why many of the world’s leading corporations are advertising their renewable energy credentials: these companies recognize that Americans want expanded use of renewable energy technologies. By including the measures outlined above, the energy bill can address our nation’s energy challenges while giving Americans what they want: a strong economy and cleaner environment for their children. Please ensure that they are supported in the final bill. Sincerely,

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