February 8, 2007
Space seeks money for Appalachia - Dover Democrat adds energy
grants to legislation
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON – Making a down payment on his pledge to promote
alternative energy, Ohio Rep. Zack Space on Wednesday managed to
get $48 million for energy grants into legislation to assist the
The Dover Democrat added the initiative to a measure that
authorizes spending by the Appalachian Regional Commission, a
federal-state partnership that promotes economic development in
areas of high poverty in the mountainous region spanning 13
states, including Ohio.
Tuscarawas, Holmes and Carroll counties are among the Ohio
counties that are part of Appalachia.
“It’s new money,” Space said of the proposed grants. The
first-term lawmaker said it marks the first time in recent
memory that dollars for alternative energy development have been
put into the Appalachian bill.
He said the grants also would promote job growth in the
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which
Space is a member, approved the Space amendment and the
Appalachian bill Wednesday.
It now goes to the full House for approval. The Senate also must
approve the bill or similar legislation. While the bill would
authorize the project, money will have to be appropriated
separately to actually fund the program.
Space said projects such as an ethanol producing plant, wind
turbines or a study of clean coal technology could benefit from
The plan would authorize $12 million a year for energy grants
from 2008 to 2011.
Several Republicans on the committee complained that energy
grants are the province of another House committee that focuses
They also questioned singling out Appalachia for the assistance.
Space later responded to the criticism by noting in an interview
that one of his political heroes, John F. Kennedy, was
instrumental in pushing for the eventual creation of the
Kennedy started it “to fight poverty,” Space said. “The need is