Yesterday I attended a session about wind power policy at the state and federal levels. The Lt. Governor of Ohio, Lee Fisher (check back soon for my interview with him) and Pennsylvania's Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty explained why their states have been so successful at attracting renewable energy companies:
- Policy requirements for renewables
- Tax incentives
- Strong manufacturing base
- Educated work force
"I hope you all understand that we developers are gridlocked by government.
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) was on the panel and assured the audience member that they were working as hard as they could to get the PTC through Congress and that infrastructure is understood to be a major problem. I saw the audience member chatting with the panel afterwards so it was all quite amiable, but a reminder that signing the policies can often be the easiest part. Government can't always go away after that. Commitments to infrastructure and support must be carried through.