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Diverse Coalition Calls on Congress to Extend Clean Energy


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WHO: Speakers from organizations that span the political spectrum, representing a coalition of more than 200 organizations. Speakers will include:


Randall Swisher, Executive Director, American Wind Energy Association

Glenn English, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Jerry Howard, CEO, National Association of Home Builders

Rhone Resch, President, Solar Energy Industries Association

Joseph McGuire, President, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Marjorie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America



WHAT: An unprecedented coalition of more than 200 businesses, construction companies, environmental organizations, investors, labor groups, nongovernmental organizations, trade associations and utilities have joined forces to call for Congressional action to extend the renewable energy and energy efficiency tax credits before the culmination of the September legislative session. The credits expire at the end of this year.


During a press conference moderated by Gregory Wetstone, Senior Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Clean Energy NOW coalition members will press the case for extending the tax credits, addressing:


The broad political support for the extension.

The repercussions for America’s economy and jobs. According to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, failure to promptly extend the renewable energy tax incentives places at risk 116,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries and more than $19 billion in clean energy investment.

The tremendous security and environmental benefits to be realized.



WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2008

9:30 a.m. EDT: Press Check-In; Breakfast served

10:00 a.m. EDT: Press Conference

WHERE: The National Press Club

The Zenger Room

529 14th Street N.W.

13th Floor

Washington, D.C.



For more information, please contact Laura Stevens at 202.862.4372 or

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