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June 03, 2002

Assistant Secretary Garman Addresses WINDPOWER 2002 Conference

David Garman, DOE's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, addressed the WINDPOWER 2002 conference on June 3rd, highlighting President Bush's national energy policy while focusing on wind energy policy and research.

"Our investments in wind energy so far are paying off," said Garman. "Thanks to the hard work of many of you at this conference and research and development efforts of the Energy Department's Wind Power Program, together we have lowered the cost of wind energy from approximately 80 cents per kilowatt-hour in current dollars in 1980 to as little as 4 cents per kilowatt-hour today."

In order to make wind energy more competitive in the near term, the Bush administration has called for a five-year extension of the production tax credit and for the reauthorization of the Renewable Energy Production Incentive. Both measures are included in energy legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. See the DOE press release.

The mission of DOE's Wind Energy Program is to enable the U.S. wind energy industry to complete the research, testing and field verification needed to develop advanced wind energy technologies. See the Wind Energy Program Web site.

WINDPOWER 2002, the largest-ever U.S. wind industry conference, is wrapping up today in Portland, Oregon. The conference practiced what it preaches: it offset any emissions caused by its energy use through the use of "green tags" donated by DOE's Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The green tags represented the production of 45,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity from wind plants in the Northwest, roughly equal to the electricity used by the conference. In effect, the result was the same as if the conference had purchased its power directly from the wind plants. See the American Wind Energy Association press release.