Our community’s renewable energy event of the year is coming May 11th, 2009. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is stepping in to bring together the Who’s Who of the New Energy Economy together. It will take place at the UCR Campus at the corner of Cook and Frank Sinatra streets.
Bono Mack Announces Solar Energy Field Hearing in Palm Desert
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today announced that the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing on “Solar Energy Development on Federal Lands: The Road to Consensus” on Monday, May 11, 2009, at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center. Bono Mack will be joined by key witnesses and experts to discuss the responsible expansion of solar energy in California and across the nation.
“Our region is rich in renewable energy resources, and it is essential that we work to maximize this potential in the most environmentally-sound and economically beneficial way,” said Bono Mack. “It’s exciting to see this federal field hearing taking place in our community, where we will examine both the challenges and proactive steps we can take to reach a bipartisan, thoughtful approach to solar energy development on federal lands.”
- WHAT: Field hearing on “Solar Energy Development on Federal Lands: The Road to Consensus.”
- WHEN: Monday, May 11, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
- WHERE: University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center, located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211.
- WHO: Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and witnesses to be announced (witnesses are by invitation only).
There is a tremendous amount of focus on the Congresswoman's District at the Federal level with a perfect storm of social, economic, and environmental benefits in our region it stands to reason that we are to become the default market for trialing the details of the emerging New Energy Economy.
Let's take stock at a quick sample of our indigenous strengths:
- “Free” rooftop space for explosive though controlled Distributed Generation;
- Our open Tribal lands;
- Our solar, solar thermal, geothermal, wind;
- Unique desert access to water;
- Transmission corridor (electrical);
- Unburdened freeway access;
- Excellent rail and rail spur conditions;
- Multiple city revenue sources;
- A well educated demographic;
- A well-intentioned working class;
- Access to investment capital from “local” (albeit part-time) residence base.
These all should all be talking points at the May event.