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Published on March 15th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

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29 Governors Bring Great Expectations for Wind Blueprint to Congress



Tomorrow, a bipartisan coalition of governors from 29 states will descend upon Washington to urge congress to pass the legislation America needs to boost wind power, providing clean safe permanent energy and the jobs that go with it. They are bringing their recommendations in a report titled “Great Expectations.”

To bring the lessons they have already  learned in pioneering this legislative path forward for the nation with state Renewable Energy Standards, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition governors are coming to offer advice as the Senate sponsors of a climate bill prepare to unveil their own comparable Federal legislation, perhaps as soon as this week.

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The coalition chairman, Iowa (15% powered by wind) Democratic Gov. Chet Culver says they come in peace. “We offer our assistance in working with Congress and the administration to achieve one of the nation’s principal energy goals, energy independence, and increasing the role that wind energy plays in meeting that challenge.”

The  governors are predominantly from the states that have either passed aspirational goals or that have already passed a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring electric utilities add more renewable power to the grid.

The RES has been extremely successful, and the states that have gone the furthest have the most green job growth. California, with a 33% requirement by 2020,  has 36% green job growth, in an otherwise dismal job market. The RES states have lowered greenhouse gases the most. The Northeast states that added an average of 17% to the grid to meet state RES are some of the same states that have achieved greenhouse gas levels almost like Europeans, to below Kyoto 1990 levels.

Because these standards vary considerably from state to state, compliance by the electric-power and renewable-energy industries is made more difficult than it need be if there was a uniform standard.

Among their recommendations:

Fast tracking a national Renewable Energy Standard, beginning with 10% by 2012.

Developing new infrastructure for electricity transmission

Enabling transmission to distant renewable energy resources.

Funding technology to develop wind energy in “wind-rich” coastal areas.

Streamlining the permitting process for wind energy projects.

Extending an economic stimulus grant program for wind projects

Providing a long-term extension of the wind energy production tax credit.

The governors like the House cap and trade bill (Waxman-Markey ACES) in its Renewable Energy Standard (RES), and urge the Senate to provide comparable legislation. Senator Boxer’s original CEJAPA and the Republican-favored fossil “energy-only” bill (that failed its CBO report) do have a RES, the popular (cap and dividend) CLEAR Act doesn’t – yet. The much touted Bipartisan bill-to be is yet unknown.

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writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today, PV-Insider , SmartGridUpdate, and GreenProphet. She has also been published at Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.



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    While the Federal government struggles to pass any sort of meaningful legislation due to partisan politics, the burden of moving our country toward a more sustainable energy future has fallen to State leadership. Hopefully they can get our legislators to address this critical issue soon!

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    While the Federal government struggles to pass any sort of meaningful legislation due to partisan politics, the burden of moving our country toward a more sustainable energy future has fallen to State leadership. Hopefully they can get our legislators to address this critical issue soon!

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