“I have good news for you – 8,300 megawatts of wind energy were installed in the U.S. last year, and 70 new manufacturing facilities were opened, expanded or announced in the past two years – bringing many thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode at the National Clean Energy Project Summit today.
The summit was a discussion among top government, business, and non-profit leaders, with Bode joining former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, current Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and businessman and wind power advocate T. Boone Pickens, among others. The discussion focused on deploying renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies quickly and effectively, for the sake of revitalizing our economy, protecting our environment, and making our country more secure. The leaders supported a national renewable electricity standard, an expanded transmission highway for renewable electricity and an electricity grid that utilizes efficiency technologies.
Bode described the opportunity for wind energy development in America as “unbelievable,” but noted that our country needs to send long-term signals to the business community in the form of a renewable electricity standard, and needs to eliminate the policy barriers that are impeding the development of a green interstate highway for electricity. Those barriers, and proposed solutions, are described in AWEA and SEIA’s recent publication, Green Power Superhighways: Building a Path to America’s Clean Energy Future.
Senator Reid said Congress would be moving forward with energy legislation in the coming months. He said he expects this legislation to include a national renewable electricity standard and the beginnings of legislation on interstate transmission highway development.
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