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Western Governors form wind task force to reach 30,000 MW

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) has formed a Wind Task Force to research how to meet the group's target of 30,000 MW of new renewable energy in the western US by 2015. Representatives from FPL Energy, PPM Energy, GE Wind Energy, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will also serve on the committee. The WGA last year adopted a "Clean and Diversified Energy" resolution calling for western states to examine the feasibility of achieving the 30,000 MW from increased energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, clean coal technologies and advanced natural gas technologies. The committee has formed a number of task forces, including one for wind power. The group will be estimating wind energy production costs, a supply curve for wind with and without the federal production tax credit and the location of the lowest cost wind generation for transmission modelling. It will also be identifying impacts on wildlife, technology failure and other risks, looking at the ideal timeline to bring new generation online and identifying barriers to utility scale and community owned development.

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