Posts Tagged ‘green energy’

Donnelly responds on Hydro power in South Bend

February 25, 2008

(from Kathleen Petitjean’s blog, If We Only Connect):

This is Encouraging

I recently called Joe Donnelly’s South Bend office to ask whether there was federal funding available for a hydro electric plant on the East Race as was once envisioned in the 1980’s. Today I received his response; the entire text of his letter follows:

“Dear Kathleen,

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about the recently-passed energy bill and to inquire about federal funding for a hydroelectric power plant in South Bend.

I share your interest in clean, renewable energy sources, and I believe that creative and clean energy generation projects are vital not only for the protection of our environment but also for ensuring the sustainable future of our communities.

As you know, last December the president signed The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2008 (PL 110-140). This important, bi-partisan legislation was an important first step in our efforts to put America on the path to energy independence, respond to global warming, and grow our economy.

A key element of the legislation was a section dedicated to the promotion of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies. This particular section authorized funding to be used to research and develop technologies to produce electric power from waves, tides, and free flowing water–including rivers and man-made channels like South Bend’s East Race.

The bill also authorized an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program to assist local governments in reducing fossil fuel emissions and total energy use and improving energy efficiency in an environmentally sustainable manner. Although the grant program has not yet been funded (my emphasis), it would appear that the concept of completing a hydroelectric power plant on South Bend’s East Race would meet the basic qualifications outlined in the legislation.

In addition to this new grant program established in The Energy Independence and Security Act, there are a number of other federal, state and private grants available to assist communities in the development of clean, renewable energy sources. My office stands ready to work with the City of South Bend and other communities to find the available resources needed to make these projects possible. To learn more about alternative energy grant opportunities, please contact my Grants Director, Beth Barrett, in my South Bend office.

Thank you again for your interest in hydroelectric power, and your commitment to making South Bend a healthy and sustainable community. Creative ideas and emerging technologies hold tremendous potential for the City of South Bend, and I look forward to working in partnership with you and others to turn these ideas into action.


Joe Donnelly

Member of Congress


Calling Joe Donnelly on Biofuels versus Hydroelectric Power

February 11, 2008

From Kathleen Petitjean’s new blog, If We Only Connect:

I called Joe Donnelly’s local office today (574) 288-2780 and spoke with an office intern named Kelly. I told her about the hydroelectric plant South Bend had intended to build on the East Race back in the 1980’s.

I asked Kelly to ask Joe Donnelly if there was any money in the current Energy bill before Congress that could help fund the hydroelectric plant in South Bend.

I realize that Mr. Donnelly is very supportive of biofuels, however we now know that biofuels only increase greenhouse gas production.

I will report back on what Mr. Donnelly reports to me.