Washington Waiting Game

Meetings in Washington continue to heat up as passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a Renewable Portfolio Standard still a major sticking point in the negotiations…

Washington, D.C. – October 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Meetings in Washington continue to heat up as passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a Renewable Portfolio Standard still a major sticking point in the negotiations. Glenn Hamer, Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industries Association said there is still a chance of passage of an energy bill or a tax incentive package that would benefit solar energy, but likened the process to “a complex jigsaw puzzle.” “I personally sense that there is a real, real hard effort to get a comprehensive energy bill,” Hamer said. “(Leadership) hasn’t reached a point that anyone has said we can’t get a deal done.” Bill Wicker, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources said meetings continue on Capital Hill at high levels that include Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD. In his weekly briefing, Daschle was asked about a timetable for passing an energy bill and said there is no deadline for the process, according to Wicker. Hamer said any bill passed that benefits renewables will not be the end of the line, but rather a victory for the industry that can be built on build in future years. “I personally believe that we get these victories, pocket them and come back for the 108th (Congress),” Hamer said. “The pressure to continue to do more with renewables is not going away.”

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