Yesterday, 17 environmental groups, including the League of Conservation Voters, submitted a letter to the White House congratulating the Administration on its renewable energy efforts and offering advice on how to properly implement President Obama's energy initiatives in a timely and cost-efficient manner, while carefully planning projects that will have a negligible impact on surrounding wildlife and ecosystems.
The letter comes as the Obama Administration announced yesterday that the combination of Treasury Department grant programs and Energy Department loan guarantees have triggered 12 renewable energy projects on public lands in 2010. Among these successful projects include BrightSource's Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, a 370-megawatt solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert. Once completed by 2013, the station will generate enough electricity to power over 140,000 homes in California.
However, in order for similar projects to flourish, the Administration needs Congressional support in passing comprehensive renewable energy legislation that ensures the continuation of these important grant programs and establishes the 80 percent clean energy standard outlined by President Obama in his State of the Union address in January.