Wind power is job creator in tough times, governors say

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: Economic development, Wind |


From a blog post by Tom Content on JSOnline:

Midwestern governors on Tuesday endorsed a national renewable energy standard that they said would stimulate creation of more manufacturing jobs in the Midwest.

A poll conducted for the American Wind Energy Association and released at the association’s annual conference in Chicago found that voters back a national mandate to require 25% of the nation’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, found bipartisan support for the renewable power standard, said Denise Bode, AWEA chief executive, with 86% of Democrats, 71% of independents and 62% of Republicans backing 25% renewable power by 2025.

Bode and four Midwestern governors spoke on a conference call on the opening day of the wind industry’s annual conference, which is taking place as Congress is debating energy legislation including a renewable energy mandate and measures aimed at boosting the nation’s transmission grid.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle pointed to the job-creation taking place in Wisconsin Rapids, a town hit hard by cutbacks in the paper industry, with the expansion of Energy Composites Inc., a supplier to the wind industry.

“Initially they’re hiring 400 people, and hope to be going to 1,000 people that will be building blades” for wind turbines, Doyle said.

“This really is what we really are all talking about and we hope it’s repeated hundreds and hundreds of times over,” he said.

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