Sunday, May 23, 2010

War Funding Bill May Include Renewable Power Loan Rider

The $58.5 billion emergency military funding legislation for Iraq and Afghanistan now working its way through Congress might give a small boost to power plant construction in the form of $180 million in loans for nuclear plant construction and wind and solar power plant development. Speaker Pelosi is insisting that a nuclear loan program proposed for addition to the emergency funding bill give parity to wind and solar power development, with $90 million for nuclear construction loans and $90 million for wind and solar power development. If the package survives the legislative process, this funding could support as much as $9 billion in additional loan guarantees for nuclear power plant construction and $3 billion in loan guarantees for wind and solar power generating facility construction, including the $2 billion “borrowed” from earlier legislative proposals to fund extension of the “cash for clunkers” program in the economic stimulus package.
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