Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today emphasized the importance of renewable energy at the dedication of the Dillon Wind Power Project. Bono Mack, who spoke at the event and toured the new installation, recognized the efforts and leadership of local officials, community partners and local agencies in developing this project that will produce 45 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for Southern California and the Coachella Valley region.
"Wind power is going to have an increasingly important role in our nation's diversified energy future," said Bono Mack. "As energy costs soar throughout the country, we need to expand our renewable energy supply to meet America's needs for affordable, reliable energy. Iberdrola Renewables took a positive approach to developing this new project by engaging the local community and recognizing the diverse needs of our District. I applaud our local elected officials and community for their responsible and thoughtful approach to introducing new renewable energy to our region."
Featuring some of the most recent wind turbine technology, the Dillon Wind Power Project will generate more energy while using fewer, more reliable turbines that produce very little noise. With only 45 windmills, the project will produce enough power to meet the needs of tens of thousands of local homes.
"Our region is rich in renewable energy resources - from wind to solar to geothermal. Projects such as this will help protect our environment, provide new jobs for Americans and help spark ingenuity and innovation in this exciting industry. It is my hope that we can continue to harness the incredible potential of these renewable energy sources and bring more affordable, cleaner energy for residents of the Coachella Valley and our nation."
Bono Mack notes that the U.S. is the fastest-growing wind market worldwide and has led the world in new wind capacity for three straight years. A report released yesterday from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) indicated that wind is on a path to becoming a significant contributor to the U.S. power mix, as wind projects accounted for 35 percent of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2007, and 1.2 percent of the nation's electricity supply could be met with the wind capacity on line at the end of 2007.