NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The United States could attract billions of dollars in clean power investments over the next decade, and some Tennessee projects are leading the way, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The U.S. is among the three G-20 members with the most to gain by implementing strong clean energy policies, says Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environment Group. She says the Solar Farm in Haywood County, which will produce five megawatts of electricity, is just one example of how prototypes can provide a glimpse of the future.
"I hope that reports like ours can be very compelling with folks that may be doubtful. If the United States passes enhanced clean energy policies that we talk about in our report, it would mean $342 billion in private investment over next decade, here in the United States."
Cuttino sees the premiere of the new electric car - the Nissan Leaf, produced in Smyrna - as another example.
"When I drive around the country and I see a wind farm or solar panels - the more people see everyday examples, the more they believe clean energy is possible."
She says strong government leadership that encourages private business to invest in new technology is also essential to keeping the U.S. competitive in the global market.