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May 052009

From Green Right Now Reports:

Public support for wind energy is strong and crosses party lines, according to a poll being released today by the American Wind Energy Association at the opening of WINDPOWER 2009, an industry conference being held this week in Chicago.

The poll shows that 75 percent of American voters support a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) that would require utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.

The support was bipartisan with 86 percent of Democrats favoring the RES, 62 percent of Republicans favoring it, and 71 percent of Independents.

The support spanned the country with supporters overwhelmingly favoring  such a standard in the Northeast, Midwest and West (with 75 to 84 percent support), and 71 percent supporting the proposal in the South.

“The American people support a RES because it will create jobs and reduce carbon emissions,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “Our job now is to make sure that Members of Congress follow their constituents.”

Renewable energy comes mainly from wind, solar and geothermal power, with other technologies, using ocean waves, also emerging.

The AWEA conference in the Windy City is expected to attract more than 18,000 people with more than 1,200 companies exhibiting. A full dais of officals will address the conference, including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; Governors Chet Culver of Iowa, Jim Doyle of WIsconsin, Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Pat Quinn of Illinois and Ted Strickland of Ohio.

The poll was conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group, which surveyed 801 people April 29-May 1.