Via The Hill:
President Obama is fast-tracking seven federal wind and solar projects as the administration touts its energy policies amid GOP criticism over green investments and rising gas prices.
The projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming will produce 5,000 megawatts of power, enough to run 1.5 million homes, the White House said in a statement announcing the decision.
“These seven proposed solar and wind projects have great potential to grow our nation’s energy independence, drive job creation, and power economies across the west,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a written statement.
While the expedited projects announced Tuesday deal with electricity, rather than direct fuel substitutes for gasoline, it’s nonetheless part of a wider push to promote the administration’s policies on alternative energy and energy security.
Salazar and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday will hold a news conference celebrating the completed construction of the first wind farm on federal lands in Nevada.
On Monday, Interior and the Department of Defense inked a deal to integrate wind, solar and other green energy technologies with military bases to keep power running during disruptions to the commercial electric grid.