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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Supports Measure to Expand Renewables Production on Public Lands

July 25, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —A staunch advocate of a balanced all-of-the-above American energy plan, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) has cosponsored a measure (H.R. 6154) introduced by Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), that would encourage the development of renewable energy resources on public lands by streamlining the permitting process.

As it stands, the permitting process can take years before renewable projects are able to move forward on public lands. The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act seeks to restructure the application process to more resemble that which is currently in place for traditional resources, creating a more streamlined process for renewable projects. Additionally, the bill would establish royalty rates for renewables on public lands, sending the majority of revenues back to counties and states where the projects are located, as well as in support of conservation efforts.

“I’m a strong supporter of an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and hydropower, as well as traditional resources like natural gas, oil and clean coal. We are blessed with opportunities to develop all of these resources in our country, including many in Colorado’s 3rd District. By advancing a true all-of-the-above plan, we can create American jobs, lower energy costs and increase our nation’s energy security,” Tipton said. “This common sense legislation would help move another piece of the all-of-the-above energy plan forward by streamlining the lengthy application process for renewable energy development on public lands.”

Tipton recently toured wind and solar facilities in Pueblo and the San Luis Valley, where he received a briefing on the potential for renewable energy resources.