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Representatives from the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition recently met with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners to discuss ways in which they can work together to further develop and modernize the U.S.' electric grid and promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy.

"The value of wind energy resources to our states' economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market," said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. "Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less-expensive energy."

“Expanding and modernizing the nation’s domestic electrical transmission system, both on shore and off shore, is an essential component in revitalizing the nation’s economy and creating jobs,” said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, former chairman of the coalition.

Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur said, “Transmission can strengthen reliability, reduce congestion costs, and connect new generation resources to the grid. “We welcome the support of the governors in helping to advance the development of our nation’s electric transmission system.”



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