Skip to main content

Letter to Rep. Inslee on Competitive Leasing from SEIA/AWEA

Share

 

Dear Representative Inslee:
 
We are writing to express our strong support for three amendments you are planning to offer during the markup of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act (CLEAR Act), on July 14, 2010. We support your amendment to allow the grandfathering of all projects that have submitted applications for either a permit to install a measuring device or to construct a project as of July 1, 2010.
 
This amendment will help ensure that renewable energy developers are not put at a disadvantage during the move toward competitive leasing as a result in delays in processing applications that are currently pending. It is important to send a signal to developers and the financial community that investments made to date will be respected under any new system.
 
We also support your amendment to establish an Office of Renewable Energy Development within the Bureau of Energy and Resource Management created by Title I of the bill. The development process, economics and other aspects of renewable energy projects are different than the oil and gas projectswith which agency staff are most familiar. Maintaining a distinct effort to develop and focus expertise in renewable energy permitting, continuing along the lines of the Renewable Energy Coordination Offices (RECOs) supported by both the prior Administration and the current administration, is critical to responsibly deploying renewable energy in a timely manner.
 
Finally, we support your amendment to condition the beginning of a competitive leasing process on a determination that renewable resources are competitive with fossil-fueled generation. The costs of wind and solar generation are coming down significantly. We are concerned that moving to competitive leasing is likely to raise the cost of producing wind and solar power on public lands, which would offset some of the progress that has been made.
 
Thank you for your continued leadership efforts on policies to deploy renewable energy.
 
Sincerely,
 
President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
CEO, American Wind Energy Association
Resource Type

Browse Resources by Related Topics:

Tags

Related Resources

Monday, Oct 25, 2021

SEIA Response to Anonymous AD/CVD Petitioners

Following an October 13, 2021 letter filed by a group of anonymous petitioners regarding anti-dumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) on solar imports from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, SEIA sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, articulating the industry's opposition to the baseless tariffs and responding to the petitioners' attacks on SEIA and the U.S.

Read More
Monday, Sep 27, 2021

Anonymous Solar Tariff Petitions Threaten the American Solar Economy

On August 16, an anonymous group of companies filed tariff circumvention petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce. If allowed to proceed, these anonymous petitions would cripple the U.S. solar industry and ruin America’s plans to tackle climate change. The U.S. Department of Commerce must exercise its authority to reject these petitions.

Read More