in News Departments > People
print the content item

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been named chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources' Energy Subcommittee.

Franken says he plans to use his new role to help promote Minnesota's and the nation's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and to create manufacturing jobs, as he believes growth in these sectors is critical to U.S. energy independence and competitiveness.

"I'm proud of the strong and historic role Minnesota has played in the development and deployment of clean energy and energy efficient technologies,” Franken says. "I plan to use this new chairmanship to bolster emerging technologies, particularly in renewables and energy efficiency.”

Franken has served on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee since 2011. Since taking office, he has been a strong advocate for clean energy technologies, including wind, solar and bio-based energy.

In the last Congress, Franken co-sponsored legislation proposing a clean energy standard and pressed for an extension of the wind energy production tax credit.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Canadian Wind Industry Urges For More Federal Support

The Canadian Wind Energy Association says the country's federal government, once a big industry supporter, should again back wind power.


Wind And Solar Helped California Grid During Challenging Summer

According to the California Independent System Operator, the state suffered from heat waves and drought this year, and wind power played a "significant role" in keeping the lights on.


Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
BG 2015DblBox_id2032