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Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan., and Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, D-Kan., have formed the Kansas Wind Working Group to promote the state's potential to produce wind energy.

"Opportunities for increased wind energy within this state are plentiful, affordable and obtainable," says Sebelius. "A wind working group can help attract new wind energy projects to the state and promote better use of this abundant natural resource."

The group, formed through Executive Order 08-01, will educate stakeholder groups with the current information on wind energy markets, technologies, economics, policies, prospects and issues.

In 2007, Sebelius named Parkinson co-chair of the Kansas Energy Council (KEC). Since that time, he has been involved with renewable energy research and the creation of a sound energy policy for the state. Parkinson serves as chair of the Kansas Wind Working Group.

The group will be supported by the Energy Programs Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission and the lieutenant governor's office. Funding will be provided by Wind Powering America. The first meeting of the Kansas Wind Working Group will be Jan. 18 at Wichita State University.

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