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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


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