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Senate 'Recharges' For Another Round on Renewable Energy

March 3, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - Renewable energy is getting "charged up" again in Washington, with the Senate taking up another bill that could further "energize" the industry in New Mexico. The house last week passed a bill that would roll back tax cuts for oil companies and use the income to boost renewables like wind and solar. Dave Melton is co-owner of Sacred Power in Albuquerque, which installs renewable energy systems. He says the renewable tax credits already in place will expire at the end of the year, and help is needed from Congress to help keep the young industry, that benefits all New Mexicans, afloat.

"This industry stimulates job creation and helps reduce the load on the grid which in turn minimizes the environmental impact of the large utility power stations, both in terms of air quality and water usage."

Opponents of the bill believe it's important to support oil companies in order to boost domestic production. Melton agrees that oil is important, but says investing in new technologies should be a priority, and the renewable industry is just asking for the same help Big Oil has been receiving for years.

Carol Oldham with the Sierra Club says renewable energy has been taking off in New Mexico in recent years, but the industry can still use the boost.

"A lot of the businesses are young companies and it is a new industry, so they need the same sort of help that coal and nuclear have been getting for decades."

This year's Super Bowl was powered by wind energy from New Mexico.

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NM