The Desert Sun reports today, “Congressional subcommittee looks at solar development.”


Witnesses in today’s Congressional subcommittee hearing today said it would take multi-agency cooperation to balance expanding renewable energy with environmental and land disturbance concerns.

Today’s nearly three hour hearing, by the Energy and Minerals Resources subcommittee, started around 9:30 a.m. at the University of California-Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. Their focus is solar development on federal lands.


Nine panelists, including representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission and Bureau of Land Management, discussed various projects underway as well as specific solar projects.


Many were California specific. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set of goal of raising its dependency on renewable energy to 33 percent by 2020, as well as cutting global emission levels by almost 30 percent from current use levels.


“These are very, very important goals,” said Julia Levin, the renewable energy commissioner for the California Energy Commission.


“These are also critical for our economy. These will create jobs, these will create new business opportunities for California … and finally give us true energy independence.”

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