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Interview With John Kostyack & David Gardner — A New Wind Energy Foundation Report (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

By Carolyn Fortune

The Wind Energy Foundation has just released a new report. In it, they talk about the need for US transmission planners to modify their calculations based on the number of big companies that are increasingly signing deals to buy wind and solar power. In this CleanTechnica exclusive, we interview John Kostyack, executive director of the Wind Energy Foundation, and David Gardiner, lead author representing David Gardiner and Associates, about the report and its consequences for broader wind and solar energy access.

Information from the report: “The strongest and often lowest-cost renewable energy resources are located in the central U.S. region, 15 states between the Rockies and the Mississippi River: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. This region accounts for 88% of the country’s wind technical potential and 56% of the country’s utility-scale solar photovoltaic technical potential, yet is home to only 30% of projected 2050 electricity demand. This finding suggests that future transmission is needed to export this electricity from this high-production region to the growing demand outside of this region.”
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Center for Rural Affairs Report: Generation and Delivery: The economic impact of transmission infrastructure in rural counties, written by Timothy Collins, consultant, with support from Johnathan Hladik, Policy Program Director

Hladik brings perspective to Rural Affairs

By Michael Wunder, Wahoo Newspaper

LYONS – Ensuring farmers and rural residents have a say in state and national policy is important to a Raymond Central graduate whose daily work aims to enrich the rural landscape. Johnathan Hladik, who graduated from Raymond Central High School in 2002, currently serves as policy program director for the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons. The organization tasks itself with giving rural Americans a voice in how legislation is drafted. . . .  Having an interest in energy and conservation, Hladik said he enjoys looking for ways farmers could take advantage of renewable energy opportunities. A big part of that is working to build a better network of transmission infrastructure. Read the entire article here.