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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               

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Larry Pearce 402-651-2948

David Ortiz 401-822-8060 (Raimondo)

Eileen Hawley 785-368-7138 (Brownback)

Coalition Welcomes Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as the Coalition’s New Leadership Team

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition today welcomed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as the new chair and vice chair of the Coalition for 2017.

“I am honored to work with Governor Raimondo. Overseeing the nation’s first offshore wind farm is an extraordinary accomplishment, not only for Rhode Island but also for the nation. Governor Raimondo is an example of gubernatorial leadership at its best,” Governor Brownback said.

Kansas has long been one of America’s wind power leaders.  Kansas installed wind capacity has doubled three times in the last 10 years, and is positioned to double again.  In 2015, wind supplied nearly 24 percent of the state’s electricity, and is on track to exceed 30 percent this year. And reaching 50% may not be far off because of Governor Brownback’s wind and solar energy leadership.

“We can generate half of Kansas’s electricity using wind energy. Working with wind developers and developing more transmission Kansas can grow its renewable energy production even faster,” said Governor Brownback.

“I look forward to working with Governor Brownback and our Coalition colleagues to help the wind and solar industries diversify our nation’s energy portfolio, enhance environmental quality, and support economic development in our states,” said Governor Raimondo.

“As the governor of the first state in the nation to develop commercial offshore wind energy resources, I look forward to continuing our work with other governors to expand offshore wind and to collaborating with states across the nation to open new markets for wind and solar energy. Wind and solar energy expansion creates jobs, diversifies our energy sources, and ensures long-term energy affordability,” Governor Raimondo said.

Rhode Island has positioned itself as a leader in offshore renewable energy. The Block Island Wind Farm is catalyzing private sector job creation and delivering cleaner power. It illustrates the innovative approach Rhode Island has taken to lower energy costs over the long term by diversifying electricity sources. One of wind energy’s great advantages is that — with no fuel cost — wind provides a hedge against volatile energy prices.

Over a decade ago, many of the nation’s coastal governors supported the policies that created today’s land-based wind industry. Although the Coalition’s efforts have always included both onshore and offshore wind energy, there remains a tremendous opportunity to advance the nation’s offshore wind opportunities that the Coalition has urged Congressional leadership and the President to support. These resources combined with solar energy and practical policies are delivering economic, energy, and environmental success. The Coalition looks forward to meeting in Rhode Island this month at the Governors’ Offshore Wind Development Summit in Providence on October 24, 2016, and seeing first-hand the amazing economic opportunity created by the Ocean State.

Governor Raimondo and Governor Brownback both thanked Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for his leadership of the Coalition last year and for his national advocacy for renewable energy. Governor Branstad signed the nation’s first renewable standard, and Iowa now leads the nation in the percentage of wind-generated electricity at almost 35 percent.

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The Governors’ Wind Energy & Solar Energy Coalition is a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors who are dedicated to the development of the nation’s wind and solar energy resources to meet America’s domestic energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner — while reducing the nation’s dependence on imported energy sources and stimulating state and national economic development. For more information, visit www.GovernorsWindEnergyCoalition.org

2017 GWSC Leadership News Release

 

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.