Wyden, eyeing chairmanship, pledges review of green-energy programs

Wyden, in brief comments to reporters, touched on what he sees as some problems with the current system — including the loan guarantee program that backed the failed solar company Solyndra.

He said that under the current loan guarantee program, everything in the program is in the same “bucket.”

“We ought to at a minimum start differentiating on the basis of risk and reward and the like,” he said.

He also said he supports passage of Bingaman’s proposal for a “clean-energy standard,” which stands almost no chance of advancing in the current Congress, but suggested he would examine it in the context of his larger review.