US governors embrace solar
Wind coalition trumpets 'complementary benefits'
The 22-strong Governors’ Coalition of renewables advocates has widened its remit to include solar energy as well as wind power.
The bipartisan group of state leaders has changed its name to Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition on a unanimous vote and will include the technology in its portfolio going forward.
“The addition of solar to the coalition’s portfolio represents a commitment to future economic and renewable energy growth and further diversification of our nation’s energy portfolio,” said Iowa Governor and this year’s coalition chairman Terry Branstad. “Adding solar energy will strengthen our voice.”
The coalition said the solar and wind industries share a common vision of a greener and homegrown American energy future. Benefits to consumers include fixed-price electric power with long-term savings, rewarding careers in rural communities, and cleaner air.
“Wind and solar provide complementary benefits to the U.S. electric grid and will help diversify the country’s energy mix. The need for states to take a broader view of renewable power is clear,” said Rhode Island Governor and coalition vice chair Gina Raimondo.
The coalition said solar is expected to supply more than 3.5% of the nation’s electricity by 2020, an increase of well over 3000% in just a decade. It added that wind and solar energy generation combined could one day supply the great majority of the nation’s electrical energy needs.
Image: combined renewables forces (Solarpraxis)