Renewables plan starts now

first_imgThe Southwest Washington’s path to creating jobs in the renewable energy sector will be built on a series of thoughtful decisions it should start making now, according to Dick Sheehy, an expert in choosing sites for renewable energy facilities.Sheehy spoke on Wednesday to more than 60 attendees of an event held by the Columbia River Economic Development Council at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.The region must acknowledge the decline of oil and gas as cheap sources of energy, model successful government incentive programs and sell itself to solar and wind manufacturers in a targeted way.Sheehy, director of advance planning in the Portland office of the global engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill, said the world economy will demand renewables as supplies of oil and gas are overtaken by demand, and as the price of both fossil fuels rises. “We are on the downward curve as far as hydrocarbons,” Sheehy said. “We will run out of hydrocarbons.”Unless we want to go back to a “wood and steam economy,” Sheehy said, we need to encourage manufacturers of solar and wind power to expand by providing successful incentives. Governments in Oregon, Ontario, Canada, and Germany have done this for years.last_img

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