Wind Energy To Meet the Presidents Call

"We’re issuing a challenge," said Obama. "We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo projects of our time."

"Some folks want wind and solar," he said. "Others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen."

The American Wind Energy Assn., a trade group for wind power companies, said the industry wants to ramp up developments right away after laboring through a major slump in 2010.

We are pleased to see the possibility of the first predictable long-term federal policy toward renewable energy. But of course we’ll need to make sure the policy really deploys the renewable energy Americans want in the near term, as well as the long term. said Denise Bode, the group’s chief executive.

By 2030 wind power can be up to 20% of the electric supply all by itself, according to a study by the George W. Bush administration. And it insources jobs and investment into America. That’s what our industry is doing to make good on this national commitment to clean energy and economic growth.’