National News: Rep. Markey Says To Wake Up and Save Clean Energy

Source: Grist

The current tax package that was proposed by President Obama and accepted by GOP leaders in the Senate will allow for certain tax measures that have been spurring the renewable energy market to expand to expire.

Representative Edward J. Markey, a national leader on energy and the environment, chaired the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote an article on Grist:

In its current form, the deal would allow the only effective federal support mechanism for renewable electricity to expire, killing the 20,000 wind energy jobs and 11,200 jobs in geothermal that would be created in 2011 and the 65,000 jobs in solar over the next two years.

The 5 MW Sierra SunTower facility in Lancaster, California employs a field of heliostats concentrating sunlight onto a central tower.