U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced plans on April 29 to provide $93 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support further development of wind energy in the United States. “Wind energy will be one of the most important contributors to meeting President Obama's target of generating 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2012,” said Secretary Chu. “The projects funded by this opportunity will advance wind technology so that it can reliably supply a substantial portion of our nation's electricity. They will also help in creating more new jobs and in expanding a clean energy economy.”

Chu made the announcement during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., which will also receive $100 million in funding from the stimulus package for facility and infrastructure improvements. NREL is one of the federal government's premier research facilities for the development of alternative energy sources.

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