Gov. Donald L. Carcieri is the new vice chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of 28 states dedicated to development of the nation’s wind-energy resources.
“Gov. Carcieri has been an effective advocate for coastal and offshore wind development and a leader in developing Rhode Island’s wind energy resources, including the first offshore wind project in North America that will provide 15 percent of all electricity used in Rhode Island. That’s a remarkable accomplishment,” Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said on Monday. Culver is the Virginia-based coalition’s chairman.
Carcieri issued a statement calling development of the nation’s coastal wind resources “vital to meeting the nation’s 20 percent wind energy goal. Gov. Culver and the 28 governors in the coalition overcame the skepticism that greeted wind development in their states several years ago, and look where we are today.
“They understand that wind-energy development is national in scope, and they will be important partners in addressing some of the regional challenges we face,” Carcieri added.
Through its multistate 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 policymakers; 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 (e.g., transmission, smart grid) for the expansion of wind-energy across the country.
The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition provides national leadership on wind-energy policy. The coalition’s policy activities address all aspects of wind-energy development, and technologies yet to come. For more information, visit www.GovernorsWindEnergyCoalition.org.
Original Article By Providence Business News on September 28, 2009