U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu today announced selection of 53 new wind energy projects for up to $8.5 million in total DOE funding.  These projects will help begin to address market and deployment challenges identified in DOE’s 2008 report: “20% Wind Energy by 2030.”  Increasing wind energy generation will be a critical factor in achieving the Obama Administration’s goals for clean energy, while also supporting new green jobs. Secretary Chu made the announcement by video at the WindPower 2009 Conference in Chicago this week.

 “Wind energy is one of our most promising renewable energy sources,” said Secretary Chu. That’s why I’m pleased to make this announcement today. By continuing to make investments in renewable energy we can cut our dependence on foreign oil and invest in a clean energy agenda that creates jobs and puts money back into the pockets of consumers.” Read Article