Sending Office: Honorable David Loebsack
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Support funding for the Wind Energy Program in FY2018 Omnibus

NEW Deadline: COB Friday, January 5, 2018


Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in support of funding for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program within the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The
Wind Energy Program helps develop and deploy a portfolio of innovative technologies for clean, domestic power generation to support an ever-growing industry.

Greater use of the nation’s abundant wind resources for electric power generation will help to provide good paying, long-term jobs, diversify our energy supply, provide cost-competitive electricity all across the country, and help the country make environmental
and public health strides. By investing in wind energy, we decrease our dependence on foreign oil, expand our use of renewable energy sources that boost economic development in our rural areas, and promote homegrown fuel sources.

If you have any questions or would like to sign on to the letter (below), please contact Will Collier with Congressman Loebsack at or Katharine Denby with Congressman Coffman


Rep. Dave Loebsack            

Rep. Mike Coffman                                     

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December XX, 2017


The Honorable Mike Simpson                                    The Honorable Marcy Kaptur

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Energy and Water Development                                Energy and Water Development

House Appropriations Committee                              House Appropriations Committee

H-305, U.S. Capitol                                                    1016 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515



Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:


As you finalize priorities for the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, we respectfully request the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program be funded at not less than $72.5 million.


As you know the Wind Energy Program improves our nation’s renewable energy goals by furthering advancements in wind energy research and technologies, including project design, optimization and testing.  The program also conducts important work to increase
the advancement of distributed wind, dominated by small businesses, helping rural America prosper.  In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates distributed wind could be deployed at an additional 49 million sites here in the U.S. and
is another area deserving of greater support.  Additionally, the program advances wind forecasting, intelligent grid operations, energy storage technologies, smart materials, and inspection and reliability tools, and advanced manufacturing technologies.


While our nation develops alternative energy sources to broaden our energy portfolio, more research and development is critical to further the advancement of American made energy.  We are strongly opposed to reducing funding for the research and development
of wind energy technologies.  The last time the Wind Energy Program was funded at an acceptable rate was in FY15, at $107 million.


While recognizing that the Subcommittee faces budgetary constraints, we believe that funding for this valuable program should receive priority consideration within a fiscally responsible bill.  By preserving our ability to modernize, we will continue to
enhance our competitiveness while creating good American jobs and domestic manufacturing.



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