Sensenbrenner Raises Concerns over Energy Department White Paper Refuting Spanish Study

September 28, 2009

Sensenbrenner Raises Concerns over Energy Department White Paper Refuting Spanish Study

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, asked the Department of Energy to explain why one of its offices produced a report refuting a study by a Spanish economist on the effect that country’s renewable energy subsidies was having on employment.

Sensenbrenner said the August 1 white paper from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was “highly unusual” because it specifically sought to refute a Spanish University’s study about Spanish energy policy.
 
Sensenbrenner asked whether the department funded the paper, titled “NREL Response to the Report ‘Study of the Effects on the Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources’ from King Juan CarlosUniversity.” Additionally, Sensenbrenner asked who requested and approved the study, what the underlying reason for the study was and what NREL and Department of Energy guidelines govern commissioning reactionary studies.
 
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