The two top members of the Senate Energy Committee urged the House-Senate conference committee not to include the wind-energy provisions because the permitting process was addressed in the energy bill passed by Congress in August.
"I think it would be a very bad idea to give states veto authority over the siting of renewable-energy projects on federal land in a bid to stop a particular project," said Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., chairman of the energy committee. "In the energy bill, we gave states a strong voice and a key role in siting renewable projects."
Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., ranking minority member of the committee, said that a regulatory review of Cape Wind is under way. "To invent a new regulatory process designed simply to deliver a negative result would chill future investment in renewable energy," he said.
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