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Oversight Hearing on "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters, Part II – The Wind and Solar Industry Perspective"
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 11:30 AM
Full Committee
1324 Longworth House Office Building


COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
11:30 a.m.

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters, Part II – The Wind and Solar Industry Perspective"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

Roby Roberts
Co-Chairman, Legislative Committee
American Wind Energy Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Susan Reilly
President & CEO
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.
(Truth in Testimony Form)

James S. Gordon
President
Cape Wind Associates, LLC
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Jim Lanard
President
Offshore Wind Development Coalition
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Rhone Resch
President and CEO
Solar Energy Industries Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Frank DeRosa
Senior Vice-President
First Solar, Inc.
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dr. Martin Piszczalski
Industry Analyst
Sextant Research
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dan W. Reicher
Executive Director
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
Stanford University

BACKGROUND:

This hearing will focus on industry’s perspective of roadblocks to the development of wind and solar on federal lands. There are currently 95 solar permit and 47 wind permit applications pending within the Bureau of Land Management. While the Administration claims to prioritize renewable energy development, their own policies are some of the biggest roadblocks to expanding renewable energy production on public lands. Furthermore, renewable energy development has been plagued by lengthy, burdensome lawsuits filed by environmentalists. These delays slow down domestic energy production, cost jobs, and cost millions of dollars as project investor delivery expectations are put on hold due to permitting delays.

Other Hearings in the Series:

  • Hearing - Full Committee Oversight Hearing on "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters, Part I – Department of Interior Officials" held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building.

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