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:: President Obama confirms support for renewables during state of the union address

+ 30.01.2012 + In his state of the union address, US President Barack Obama made it very clear that he supports the US solar sector ...

saying “I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here.” He explained, “Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy.” Obama also introduced a “blueprint” for his energy strategy and called for a “clean energy standard” that would require utilities to produce a larger percentage of their electricity from clean energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydropower and nuclear. According to the White House Blog, this plan would ensure that 80 percent of electricity consumed in the US would come from clean sources by 2035.

 

Obama’s blueprint also calls for renewing and extending several tax incentives aimed at growing the US clean energy industry, and it seeks to make more public land available for renewable energy projects.

 

The blueprint notes that the Department of the Interior already plans to issue permits that will enable 10 GW of renewable energy capacity to be installed on public lands. The president also announced that the US Navy plans to purchase enough clean energy capacity to power 250,000 homes a year, although he does not give a timeframe. The White House Blog clarifies that the Navy will purchase 1 GW of renewable energy capacity. …

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