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					 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy                                                                                              Vol. 2 Issue 2 Summer 2009




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    ExEcutivE
 DirEctor’s NotE
                              Thank you SACE sup-
                              porters and clean energy
                              advocates across the
                              Southeast for sticking
                              with us during these
                              tough economic times.
                              We successfully worked
                              together to push the


                                                            Renewable Powered Economy
American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
through the House of Representatives during some
of the most challenging finanical conditions we’ve
experienced in half a century. The bill isn’t perfect,
but it’s an important step forward in solving global                        Southeastern support for wind energy
warming.
                                                            Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is           exploring wind energy.
Celebrating accomplishments in the face of hardship         working on a range of initiatives that will transi-
                                                                                                                   SACE is working with the U.S. Department of
is a testament to the strength of the clean energy          tion the way we produce and consume energy to
                                                                                                                   Energy (DOE) to improve wind technology and
movement. The passage of new climate legislation            include sources that stimulate our economy, come
                                                                                                                   increase its use in the Southeast to meet DOE’s goal
in the House has the potential to greatly improve our       from renewable resources such as wind, solar, and
                                                                                                                   of “20% Wind Energy by 2030.” The partnershipis
nation’s economy by creating green jobs and spur-           bioenergy, and reduce global warming emissions.
                                                                                                                   based on two new projects that will encourage wind
ring investment in the clean energy industry.
                                                            Wind is one of the clean energy power sources          energy development in Tennessee and Kentucky and
We have the opportunity to demonstrate the economic         that will directly impact the U.S. economy by          address the wind industry and market for wind in
power of the clean energy sector: an energy efficient       supplying affordable, abundant energy, while           South Carolina and Georgia.
industry, fueled by renewable resources such as wind        supporting the creation of new green jobs. More
                                                                                                         SACE is also assisting southeastern landowners,
and solar, and supported by strong national leadership.     importantly, wind powers the economy with-
                                                                                                         businesses, and local governments through our ad-
Please join us by making a donation to SACE as we           out contributing to greenhouse gas emissions,
                                                                                                         ministration of the Tennessee Wind Working Group
advocate for the strengthening of the climate bill as it    depleting the environment’s natural resources, or
                                                                                                         and one of its programs: the Anemometer Loan
moves to the Senate.                                        generating dangerous waste by-products.
                                                                                                         Program. An anemometer, also known as a meteo-
It’s time to elevate voices from the Southeast calling SACE shares its expertise with a diverse group of rological tower, is equipped with sensors at different
for clean energy solutions so that we too can join the stakeholders by working together on several wind heights that measure wind speed and wind direction.
ranks of forward-looking regions across the nation. projects across the Southeast. From residential to
                                                                                                         The program allow us to collect and monitor wind
                                                       commercial scale, SACE is providing technical
For the earth,                                                                                           capacity at various sites and to demonstrate the
                                                       assistance to local and state governments, busi-
                                                                                                         potential for wind installation. SACE helped install
                                                       nesses, environmental groups, and individuals
                                                                                                         monitoring equipment this year at an elementary


                      Did You Know...
                                                                                                         school, a rural sawmill business, and on a municipal
                                                                                                         owned cell tower atop a ridge in the state.
                                                                                                                   We also offer opportunities for SACE supporters
                                                                                                                   to learn more about wind energy. Visit our website,
                           The wind industry employs more workers than the coal industry.                          www.cleanenergy.org, to find free information,
                           By the end of 2008, the wind industry employed approximately                            events, workshops and webinars that cover wind
                           85,000 employees and the coal industry approximately 81,000.                            energy topics.
                              (Sources: Energy Information Administration and American Wind Energy Association.)


                           The Southeast has excellent wind energy resources.
                           Some of the strongest, most consistent wind regimes reside in the                                       1.866.522.SACE
                           Appalachian Mountains, along the Southeast coasts, and off the                                         www.cleanenergy.org
                           shallow coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.                                                    P.O. Box 1842
                                                                                                                                   Knoxville, TN 37901
                                                                            (Source: SACE report, Yes We Can)
                                                                                                                                     865.637.6055
                                                                                                                                34 Wall Street, Suite 607
                           Wind is one of the fastest growing power sources in the U.S.                                           Asheville, NC 28801
                           Making up 42% of the new power-producing capacity added                                                   828.254.6776
                           nationally in 2008 with over 8,500 MW of wind capacity installed.                                     250 Arizona Avenue, NE
                           That’s equivalent to taking nearly 7 million cars off the road!                                         Atlanta, GA 30307
                                                                          (Source: AWEA Annual Report, 2009)                          404.373.5832
                                                                                                                                     P.O Box 8282
                           The U.S. has more wind than anywhere in the world.                                                     Savannah, GA 31412
                           In 2008, the U.S. finished the year withmore than 25,300 MW of                                            912.201.0354
                           wind capacity installed, pushing the U.S. to lead the entire world in                                       P.O. Box 1833
                           total wind energy capacity installations.                                                               Pittsboro, NC 27312
                                                                                                                                       919.360.2492
                                                                          (Source: AWEA Annual Report, 2009)
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