* Wind Riding Favorable Policy Breeze Toward Record Year
Although only a modest 124 MW of new wind power was commissioned in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2007, the impressive number of projects currently under construction is expected to make this year the biggest one yet by far in terms of new capacity installations. Over 4,500 MW of wind power projects are in the process of being built for completion this year and early next year, according to reports from American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) member companies.
At the end of the first quarter, total installed wind power capacity was 11,699 MW.
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* California governor and British Columbia peer pledge to cut emissions
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to jointly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as Schwarzenegger wrapped up a three-day visit to Canada.
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* Majority of Americans Favor Solar on New Homes
According to a recent Roper survey commissioned by Sharp Electronics Corporation, nearly 90 percent of Americans think that solar electricity should be an option for all new home construction, up significantly from one year ago (79 percent). Three-quarters of survey respondents perceive solar power to be more important than ever, evidence that Americans recognize the value of solar as a clean, renewable form of energy.
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