April 27th, 2011
California’s Clean Coalition
Wind turbines in California
, an array of environmental, business and community groups, has launched a new campaign called “CLEAN California” to help keep the state on the forefront of the emerging clean energy economy.
The non-profit “Clean Coalition,” based in Palo Alto, will be promoting Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to install 12,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects across the state by 2020. That’s enough to power 7-10 million homes, depending on energy usage and who’s doing the calculations.
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November 8th, 2010
Now that the political winds have shifted, the American Wind Energy Association has taken a new snapshot of the horizon.
What do they see? Bipartisan support.
Really. They say they do. Those words came up often at an AWEA web conference on Friday to discuss the future of wind under the new split Congress. It became such a mantra — you could almost hear the turbines at Texas’ Horse Hollow wind farm whirring out the words bi-paaar-ti-saaaan sup-poooorrrrt, as AWEA CEO Denise Bode and others counted the ways they hope that “bipartisan support” will work to keep government wind supports alive in this witheringly tough economy.
Now before we dismiss this as naive thinking, we should remember that wind power actually does have serious bipartisan roots. Elected officials in 29 states have put targets for clean energy into place, pushing utilities to make room for wind- and solar-generated electricity that doesn’t pollute like the fossil fuels (mainly coal) they have relied upon. These initiatives, called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS’s) were put into place mostly over the last decade and have been endorsed by legislators and governors of red and blue stripes (those a few more wear blue).
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