Inslee, Branstad To Lead Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 

Source: By North America Windpower • Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Govs. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and Terry Branstad, D-Iowa, have been selected to lead the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition (GWEC).

According to GWEC, Inslee will be chairman and Branstad will serve as vice chairman.

GWEC was founded in 2010 and consists of 23 Democratic and Republican governors from every region of the country, all working together to develop the nation’s wind energy resources.

GWEC has recently advocated for Congress to extend the federal renewable energy production and investment tax credits and for federal policies to promote transmission development to support onshore and offshore wind energy development.

“States continue to play a leading role developing the nation’s renewable energy resources, and capturing the jobs and economic benefits that these growing clean energy industries provide,” Inslee says. “Washington state’s wind energy industry has attracted more than $5.7 billion in investment since 2001 – creating thousands of jobs, supporting our rural communities and reducing emissions from our electricity sector. I look forward to working with Gov. Branstad and our coalition colleagues to promote federal and state policies that will help the wind energy industry continue to diversify our nation’s energy portfolio.”