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Wind campaign in New York state

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A new campaign to promote wind power in New York state hopes to spur 1000 MW of wind development in the state within a decade. The campaign, Wind Power New York (WPNY), consists of a coalition of 12 wind companies and the American Wind Energy Association. "New York has the largest wind resource of any state in the north-eastern US with the exception of Maine. Wind energy is capable of generating billions of kilowatt-hours and creating thousands of jobs," says the campaign's co-chair, Peter Mandelstam, of Arcadia Windpower of New York City. The announcement comes on the eve of AWEA's Windpower '99 conference, in Burlington, Vermont, the first time for years the annual conference has been in the north-east region. It also comes as the electric market in the state is being deregulated. But although customers in the largest US city, New York City, can now choose an electricity supplier, there is no green power on offer (Windpower Monthly, March 1999). The state's wind resources, the group says, can generate 12.3 billion kWh annually, enough to power 1.2 million American households. The campaign's goals include increasing public funding for renewables; a Renewables Portfolio Standard; expansion of New York's existing tax credits to wind and solar net metering; equitable transmission, scheduling and interconnection rules for wind projects; and a consumer education fund.

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