Green energy, politics lead agenda at Vegas summit

AP News

8/7/2012 4:59:16 PM - AP News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As leaders gather in Las Vegas Tuesday for a fifth annual green energy conference, the Obama administration says seven solar and wind energy projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming will be fast-tracked.Officials said they together could produce nearly 5,000 megawatts, or enough to power 1.5 million homes.In Las Vegas' Bellagio resort, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the summit Tuesday by touting the start of a 12-square-mile wind energy farm in rural White Pine County.San Francisco-based Pattern Energy's Spring Valley project is the first wind major wind farm in Nevada and is designed to produce to up to 150 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 45,000 homes.A Romney aide said Tuesday that Congress should let a tax break for wind energy producers expire at the end of the year.