Coalition Welcomes New Leadership Team
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Contact: Larry Pearce, 402-651-2948, Tony Venhuzen 605-773-3212 (Daugaard); Jaime Smith 360-902-4136 (Inslee)
Coalition Welcomes South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Washington Governor Jay Inslee as the Coalition’s New Leadership Team
The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition today welcomed South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Washington Governor Jay Inslee as the new chairman and vice chairman of the Coalition.
“I look forward to working with Governor Inslee and our Coalition colleagues to help the wind energy industry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” said Governor Daugaard. “We will continue working with Congress to extend the federal wind production tax credit so the industry can continue to produce rewarding careers throughout the nation. We will also support efforts to modernize our nation’s electric transmission system that is so vital to economic development in Washington, South Dakota, and throughout the nation. Transmission development is as critical to economic growth in our states as the interstate highway system or our freight rail system. Spurring development of our nation’s offshore wind energy potential and supporting other state specific initiatives to support wind energy development remains a priority.”
“South Dakota is reaping the benefits of wind energy,” said Governor Daugaard. “We’re tapping a renewable energy resource that is strengthening South Dakota’s economy with new jobs in our rural communities, a growing tax base for schools and public services, and an expanding supply chain of local businesses. I look forward to joining Governor Inslee and other governors across the country to help meet the nation’s 20 percent wind energy goal.”
“The growth of wind energy has been an immense success for the economy and clean energy development in Washington state,” said Governor Inslee. “As recently as 2001 the Evergreen State had no commercial-scale wind energy generation, but by the end of 2012 independent power producers and public and private utilities had developed more than 2,800 megawatts of wind power, representing $5.7 billion in investment in our state. I look forward to working with Governor Daugaard and this strong bipartisan coalition of Governors from across the country who are committed to sustaining and furthering federal and state policies to grow wind energy and its benefits in our states.”
The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition is a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors who are dedicated to the development of the nation’s wind 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.
Through its multi-state coordinated efforts, the Coalition is engaged in several national initiatives: encourage sound national policy and legislation for the development and distribution of wind-generated energy; communicate and demonstrate the value and benefits of wind energy to consumers, energy companies and policy makers; share state best practices in wind and renewable energy policy development; create an environment of support for those who wish to develop responsible wind energy resources; and support development of infrastructure for the expansion of wind energy across the United States. For more information, visit www.GovernorsWindEnergyCoalition.org