Chairman Delgado Holds Hearing focused on Renewable Energy in Rural Communities, Highlights Testimony from Upstate Resident
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative and Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Antonio Delgado (NY-19) held a hearing focused on the renewable energy economy in rural communities. Chair Delgado brought upstate resident and member of his NY-19 Agriculture Advisory Committee Ms. Nan Stolzenburg, Principal Consulting Planner, Community Planning & Environmental Associates, to testify during the hearing.
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Chair Delgado's opening statement as prepared for delivery:
Good Morning and thank you for joining us. Today we are here to talk about the renewable economy in rural America. From agricultural commodities used to produce biofuels or biobased products, to land used for wind and solar projects and efficiency increasing technologies like anaerobic digestors, rural communities are integral to the future of renewable energy. And as long as we have the right policies and supports in place, these communities stand to benefit greatly.
Renewable technologies and processes continue to develop and improve. As they do, it’s important that Congress ensure federal programs and incentives are effective and impactful for rural communities transitioning to renewable energy.
In today’s hearing, we will hear about the latest developments in the renewable economy, challenges that need to be addressed, and how rural America can continue to benefit from its growth. While creating more business and economic opportunities for rural areas is an important focus of today’s hearing, we cannot forget that residential energy affordability is still a real problem in rural America. Inefficient and outdated energy infrastructure means more costly energy bills for rural residents. We’ve seen a slower transition to renewable energy as it often proves too costly without outside support or incentives.