Last week the Department of Energy defended its allocation of stimulus funding to foreign companies developing renewable energy projects in the United States. Matt Rogers, the senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy, told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, on Thursday that 100 percent of the $2.6 billion it gave out through the renewable energy grant program included in last year’s economic recovery plan went to fund American projects, and that the $2.3 billion in tax credits it provided for 183 clean energy manufacturing projects in 43 states will generate more than 17,000 jobs.

This came after four senators led by Senator Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, called on the Obama administration to halt spending on a renewable energy program in the economic stimulus package until rules are in place to assure that the projects use predominantly American labor and materials. Read More