PRESS RELEASE: The House Resources Committee
Renewing America's Dedication to
Energy and Mineral Resources holds field hearing on
development of alternative and renewable energy
Nev . - The House Resources Committee today
continued its agenda to alleviate America's
dependence on foreign oil with a Subcommittee on
Energy and Mineral Resources field oversight hearing
in Reno. The hearing focused on what state and local
governments, as well as American businesses, are
doing to increase alternative and renewable energy
"The solution to our energy situation consists of
several components," Energy and Mineral Resources
Chairman Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) said. "As prices
continue to rise it is increasingly important that
we develop renewable and alternative energy sources
while increasing conservation and further developing
environmentally responsible domestic production of
our abundant resources."
Just 10 percent of the nation's energy supply comes
from alternative and renewable energy sources like
wind, biomass, hydropower and oil shale. Twenty-two
states - including five Western federal land states
- mandate growth in their own use of alternative and
renewable energy. California and Nevada, for
example, both require that 20 percent of their
electrical power be generated from renewable sources
by 2017 and 2015, respectively.
"Today's hearing addressed our need to transition
from our current overdependence on foreign, and
often unstable, sources of oil through increased
production of alternative energy," Gibbons said.
"The idea that Americans must choose between
environmental protection and energy production is
false, and I am pleased that we further examined a
number of ways to produce cost-efficient and clean
sources of domestic energy today."
"Private industry has the technology and
state-provided incentives to develop new energy
projects that will bolster American energy
independence," Resources Committee Chairman Richard
Pombo (R-Calif.) said. "Alternative and renewable
energy kills two birds with one stone. They reduce
our dependence on foreign oil and make our overall
energy usage cleaner. I commend Chairman Gibbons
for his willingness and enthusiasm to advance this
The subcommittee held an oversight hearing on April
6 in Washington, D.C. that focused on the role of
the federal government and federal lands in
developing alternative and renewable energy sources.
Witnesses for today's
hearing included: Ms. Rebecca Wagner, director of
the Nevada State office of Energy; Mr. Donald L.
Soderberg, chairman of the Nevada Pubic Utilities
Commission; Mr. Sean Curtis, resource advisor for
Modoc County; Mr. John McLain, Resource Concepts
Inc.; The Honorable Dina Titus, Senate minority
leader of the Nevada State Legislature; Mr. Dan
Schochet, Vice President of ORMAT Nevada, Inc; Mr.
Tom Kinberg, western manager of product development
for Energy Concepts; Mr. Ralph Sanders, plant
manager for HL Power, and; Mr. S. Kent Hoekman,
executive director of the Desert Research Institute
Division of Atmospheric Sciences.