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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 10, 2014

John Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-10-10 06:41:32

Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real and significant ways, from serious food shortages to increasing temperatures to the threat of rising sea levels. But those changes also bring the potential of millions of new jobs to develop the renewable energy industry, he said, provided the U.S. and the rest of the world act now. “We still have in our hands a window of opportunity to make the difference,” he said. “But the window is closing quickly. That is not a threat. That is a fact.” Kerry made the comments after touring a Boston wind technology testing center with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who echoed Kerry’s remarks. [ read more … ]

How a Wind Farm is Helping Save the Family Farm in Western Oklahoma

BY JOE WERTZ, State Impact  •    •  Posted 2014-10-10 06:42:00

In the ongoing debate about Oklahoma’s wind industry and whether it needs stricter regulation, two types of property owners have been the most vocal: those who hate the idea of turbines next door, and those eager to lease land to a wind company. But there’s a voice that’s been largely absent from the discussion so far: Landowners who have wind farms and like them. [ read more … ]

Wind energy in Colorado has come far, but can it sustain momentum?

by Allen Best, Mountain Town News  •    •  Posted 2014-10-10 06:42:21

Wind energy in Colorado has picked up some bragging rights in recent years, several times delivering more than half of electricity on Xcel Energy’s power grid while arguably rivaling coal mining in job totals. There are altogether 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity. Will this success, like the winds that often scour the eastern plains, die down? [ read more … ]

Army on track to meet renewable energy goals — officials

Annie Snider, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-10 06:42:45

After more than three years of a concerted effort to woo private financing for large-scale renewable energy projects on its lands, the Army says it is hitting its stride. One example, leaders say: The Army recently turned a temporary energy initiatives task force aimed at smoothing the approvals process for renewable power projects into a permanent Pentagon office.Amanda Simpson, executive director of the newly established Office of Energy Initiatives, acknowledged that her job is still not easy. [ read more … ]

NAACP Calls on Policy Makers to Tighten Energy Standards in Utah

by Ryan Curtis, Utah Political Capitol  •    •  Posted 2014-10-10 06:43:03

The NAACP released a report last week linking energy policy and human rights issues. According to the report, 68 percent of African-Americans live within 30 miles of a coal power plant and suffer long-term health complications as a result of continued exposure to plant emissions. At the same time, only a small number of African-Americans actually hold energy jobs and share in the profits. [ read more … ]

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