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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 25, 2013

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Governor Kitzhaber’s American Wind Energy Association Speech, Portland, February 19, 2013

John Kitzhaber  •    •  Posted 2013-02-25 12:50:12

Energy and climate are THE challenges of our time – both globally and here in the Pacific Northwest – and no set of challenges will have a greater impact on our nation’s economy, environment and quality of life in coming decades. Indeed, no other issues have bigger implications for the planet and coming generations. The central question is whether we will shape our energy future through intentional policy, investment and development, or whether it will shape us. Answering this question is urgent, because the toll of our fossil fuel dependence is rising fast. We are struggling to make the complicated transition from 20th century energy infrastructure to new business models that can unleash the job-creation potential of low-carbon energy innovation. [ read more … ]

Proposed wind farm off Atlantic City coast stirs debate over costs

Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2013-02-25 12:50:42

How many tourists would travel to Atlantic City to view the nation’s first offshore wind farm? Fishermen’s Energy, which has proposed building five giant turbines about 2.8 miles off the resort city’s beaches, estimates 4.5 million people a year would visit the site, according to a consultant’s report that recommends the state should turn down the project because it is too costly. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind: Regulation, Litigation And The Struggle To Develop Offshore Wind Power In The U.S.

Tom Zeller Jr., Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2013-02-25 12:51:04

In 2001, Jim Gordon, a well-heeled developer of natural gas plants in New England, took up a long-discussed but never-pursued idea that advocates said would usher in a new era of clean energy in America: an ocean-based wind farm off the shores of Cape Cod. The advantages of the site seemed plain: Relentless, hard-driving winds, shallow shoals several miles offshore on which to anchor large turbines, and, perhaps most importantly, a left-leaning population inclined to support what was already viewed at the time as an overdue migration away from dirtier sources of electricity. [ read more … ]

Interest in wind energy on rise, experts say

By Amanda Dolasinski, Staff Reporter, Tribune-Review  •    •  Posted 2013-02-25 12:52:09

Electricity generated by wind farms powered more than 350,000 Pennsylvania homes last year, and that number is expected to grow. “There’s demand,” said Titus North, executive director of Squirrel Hill-based Citizen Power. [ read more … ]

Maryland House passes wind energy bill

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2013-02-25 12:52:31

Over the objections of Republican lawmakers, the House of Delegates on Friday approved Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to create incentives for development of a wind energy project off the coast of Ocean City. [ read more … ]

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