WPR News
10:47 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Western governors want energy funds

Cheyenne, WY – Some Western governors say the plan for $825 billion in economic stimulus spending should spur development of energy infrastructure in their states.

The Western Governors Association recently sent a letter to then President-elect Obama asking him to focus on renewable energy sources and infrastructure in his energy policy.

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says stimulus funds could be used to leverage private funds. He says the federal funds could be used to provide low-interest loans to infrastructure developers, or give them tax-exempt bonding authority.

In his stimulus request, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter urged Obama to create a "renewable energy superhighway."

In Montana, Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he supports public-private partnerships to build an updated energy grid, but doesn't believe it should be part of the stimulus package.