More than 350 leaders in the renewable energy industry ranging from small business owners, venture capitalists, investors, associations and academics today called on Congress for the passage of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extensions prior to March 1, 2008.
"We are hopeful that the Congress will recognize the message that comes from over 350 leaders in renewable energy making a single ask: to extend the ITC/PTC this month," said Michael Eckhart, President, American Council On Renewable Energy. "This is not a partisan issue. It is an economic issue."
Google.org's Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives and ACORE co-chair Dan Reicher stated, "We won't successfully address the climate crisis and our energy security challenges without massively scaling up renewable energy."
Former California Energy Commissioner John Geesman and ACORE co-chair, stated: "The time has come once again for our government to decide what future it will choose. The country has chosen renewable energy. We ask the President and Congress to come together and support this popular vision."
Credit Suisse Vice Chairman John Cavalier and Nth Power Founder and Managing Director Nancy Floyd, both ACORE members, agreed: "Policy stability is the signal we need to send to the markets both domestically and globally. The financial community supports this request 101%. It's a must do for the Congress and a must for the President to sign. Billions of dollars in capital flow and tens of thousands of jobs are at stake here in 2008."
To view the ACORE letter, go to: http://www.acore.org/pdfs/ACORE_PTC_ITC_Letter.pdf