Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sierra Club's statement on SWEPCO wind-power purchase


"The clean energy revolution is happening right now.  Today, as a result of our recent legal settlement, hundreds of megawatts of clean wind energy will power homes and businesses in our region for the next 20 to 25 years.  Unlike dirty coal, which devastates our air, water, and communities, wind power produces zero pollution. 
"Unlike our neighboring states, Arkansas currently does not have wind energy production in place, although we are home to multiple factories that produce wind turbines and blades.  If we did have wind energy production in place, SWEPCO could have bought it from an Arkansas company.  Instead, that money to purchase wind power went to out of state companies and jobs.  As Governor Beebe works toward the state's energy plan, Sierra Club calls on him to aggressively pursue clean, renewable sources of energy for the Natural State.
"In his State of the Union speech, President Obama didn't mention coal a single time but spent a lot of time talking about clean energy.  Coal is on its way out.  Clean, renewable energy projects--like those announced today--are the key to our nation's energy future."
Lev Guter
Associate Organizing Representative
Sierra Club
1308 W. 2nd Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 301-8280

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