Trump urged to back offshore

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

A bipartisan coalition of 20 governors has called on President Donald Trump to help grow offshore wind energy in the US.

In a letter sent by the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC), they asked the Trump administration to adopt comprehensive long-term offshore wind development legislation.

Specifically, the governors said a long-term extension of a 30% investment tax credit is “critical” to incentivise development.

Investor confidence is strong, as shown by the intense competition for the recent New York offshore wind lease, “but that support will disappear without a strong national policy foundation”, said the coalition, which includes eight Republican and 12 Democratic governors.

The group of state leaders also asked the administration to support onshore wind and solar power, through significant funding for grid modernization and energy research and by streamlining permitting.

“If the United States does not continue robust federal research and development programs in wind and solar energy, we will cede leadership in these critical technologies to other nations that have demonstrated ongoing high priority commitments to these technologies, such as China.”

Trump’s America First Energy Plan promotes oil, natural gas and coal but doesn’t mention renewables.