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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 4, 2012

Government study finds wind power boosting income, jobs in Great Plains and Rockies

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-10-04 12:34:24

Wind power installed in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain region boosted personal income and employment in those areas in the past decade, according to a new study from researchers at three national laboratories and the Department of Agriculture. Specifically, wind increased the annual personal income of counties in the region on average by about $11,000 per megawatt and raised county-level employment by 0.5 job per megawatt between 2000 and 2008, according to the analysis. That translates to a median county-level increase of 0.2 percent in personal income and a 0.4 percent rise in employment. [ read more … ]

Deepwater to build first U.S. offshore wind farm

Reuters  •    •  Posted 2012-10-04 12:34:45

Deepwater Wind is racing to build the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Rhode Island and hopes to parlay that into a string of East Coast farms, the company’s chief executive told Reuters. The privately held U.S. wind power developer plans to begin construction of the $250 million, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island project by early 2014, ahead of a farm proposed by Cape Wind long expected to be the nation’s first offshore facility [ read more … ]

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