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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

Summary of the Coalition’s Priorities Meeting, December 6, 2013

December 13, 2013

To: Governor Representatives

From: Larry Pearce, David Terry

Subject: Summary of the Coalition’s Priorities Meeting, December 6, 2013

Thank you again for taking time to participate in last week’s Priorities and Strategy session in Washington, DC. (GWC Dec 6 2013 agenda (12.4.13).  We accomplished two important tasks, including: clarifying the Coalition’s work priorities and goals for the coming year; and strengthening the relationship of the Coalition with the key stakeholder groups who attended. The second item will aid us greatly over the coming months. Overall, we identified the following key items based on the discussion and presentations at the meeting:

1. Continue the Coalition’s messaging in support of the economic and fuel diversity value of state renewable electricity standards.

2. Develop a brief, Renewable Electricity Standard, state specific success stories document that include a variety of utility statements noting the economic value (e.g., cost effective, inexpensive power) of wind energy development.

3. Develop a “sign-on” general transmission statement for interested governors to join that states the economic value of transmission and grid modernization and the importance of considering regional issues and coordination.

4. Develop a U.S. Department of the Interior siting and transmission letter that is supportive of a coordinated, streamlined federal process.

5. Facilitate a meeting of interested Coalition governors with FERC while the governors are in Washington, DC for the winter NGA meeting.

6. Develop a Coalition support letter to Congress that includes both the PTC and ITC.

Finally, as noted above, the meeting also provided an excellent means to elevate the Coalition and strengthen our relationships with stakeholders such as the Energy Future Coalition and the wind industry and utility representatives. There is likely value in conducting a similar meeting in late 2014, and we may want to hold a conference with these organizations in early 2014 as follow up and means to improve coordination among the groups. And as I mentioned, we plan to schedule a separate, bimonthly conference call with industry representatives, who have supported the Coalition, that will cover a range of policy issues and activities. More details regarding the industry conference call will be out next week. We will also be adding an affiliates page to the Coalition’s web site.