National Alliance to Promote Renewable Energy Interests

Government support of the renewable energy industry is not as strong as some people would like it to be. But those same people realize that they have to speak in favor of their interests in order to get support. Leading renewable energy business organizations have formed the Renewable Energy Business Alliance to amplify and unify their voice in support of policies and programs to expand renewable energy production in the United States.

“Strong and sustained growth in renewable energy production will lead to major benefits in U.S. energy security, job growth, fuel diversity, domestic supplies of fuel, and environmental enhancement,” said Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association. “This new Alliance is focused on developing and advocating the policies and programs that, from a business perspective, will achieve these results.” As its priority, the Alliance will seek to make the production tax credit permanent, and work to be sure the credit applies to all renewable energy technologies on an equal basis to conventional power supplies. A permanent tax credit could lead to a stabile renewable energy market, which would provide business an effective incentive to invest in new renewable energy facilities, according to the Alliance. Organizations involved in founding the alliance are the American Wind Energy Association, the Geothermal Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, the USA Biomass Power Producers Alliance, the Integrated Waste Services Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the American Public Power Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America.
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