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Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition welcomes new leadership

Govs. Terry Branstad and Gina Raimondo will chair the coalition in 2016.
Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition welcomes new leadership

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition has announced its new leadership for 2016. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will take over as chairman, while Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will step in as vice chair.

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Gov. Branstad

“I look forward to working with Governor Raimondo and our Coalition colleagues to help the wind energy industry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and drive economic development in our states,” said Governor Branstad. “We will continue to share best practices across the states and work with Federal leaders to deliver stability and predictability in supportive Federal policies.”

“As the governor of the first state in the nation to develop offshore wind resources, I look forward to working with other governors to expand offshore wind, and to collaborating with states in other parts of the nation to open new markets for wind power. Wind power expansion will create jobs, diversify our energy sources, and ensure long-term energy affordability,” Governor Raimondo said.

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Gov. Raimondo

Gov. Branstad has a strong, lengthy track record of promoting wind energy, having first supported policies to grow wind in 1983. Due in large part to his leadership, Iowa generated 28.5 percent of its energy with wind in 2014. Likewise, Gov. Raimondo helped Rhode Island become the first U.S. state to begin construction on an offshore wind farm.

Learn more about the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition at http://www.governorswindenergycoalition.org/.

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Greg is AWEA's Deputy Director of Communications. He is the head editor and writer for Into the Wind, and oversees AWEA's online content and opinion writing. Greg holds a Master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Journalism from Lehigh University.

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