Gov’s Pawlenty and Richardson form national wind-power coalition

Gov Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn) and Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico) have formed a Governors’ Windpower Coalition that “they hope will put wind power on the cutting edge.”

“This is being modeled after the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition, which now has 30 states,” Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said. Pawlenty was chair of that coalition when he was second-in-command at the National Governors Association. He now leads that organization and has made renewable energy his signature issue.

New Mexico is the highest per-capita wind user in the US, while Minnesota is the fourth largest in wind power capacity and fifth largest in terms of retail sales of wind power. The wind fields of southwestern Minnesota “are among the best locations for harnessing wind energy in the entire country,” according to Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung.

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