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04/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Many Renewable Projects Meet Local Opposition

Even though Obama has approved tens of billions of dollars in direct grants, loans and loan guarantees for the renewable and transmission industries, siting of projects has been a critical hurdle for a host of companies and poses a serious threat to the president's clean energy aspirations.

An open, rolling record, the Chamber's site catalogues 62 wind, wave, solar and biofuel projects and 15 high-voltage transmission proposals across 25 states that have faced significant local opposition, often enough to shut them down entirely. It also documents how 18 natural gas projects, 17 nuclear power plants and around 175 coal plants worth more than $62 billion in investments have encountered local antagonism.

Aside from the financial crisis crimping development, local and regional activism has been one of the biggest obstacles to new transmission, often blocking proposed projects for years.

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