Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) praised Gov. Edward Rendell, D-Pa., for joining the newly formed Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group made up of 23 governors working to promote development of wind energy resources in the U.S.
In a letter sent to President Barack Obama, the coalition says it was beginning a partnership with the administration to ‘address some of the nation's most pressing needs – jobs, energy and climate – through the use of domestic renewable energy resources.’
Led by Govs. Chet Culver, D-Iowa, and Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., the coalition wants to work with the president and his administration to achieve some of the principal goals identified during the campaign, recommending the following four specific policies:
– adoption of a national renewable portfolio standard requiring utilities to generate 20% of the nation's electricity from wind by 2030;
– support for the construction of new interstate electric transmission capacity, making the grid more secure, smarter and better able to deliver electricity wherever the need arises;
– expansion of the U.S. Department of Energy's work with states and the wind industry to accelerate innovation; and
– adoption of a long-term renewable energy production tax credit.
SOURCE: Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future