These notions are in keeping with Mr. Obama’s recently announced goal of doubling renewable energy in three years.
They also put him in rare concert with his campaign opponent, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, who just announced her own wind, geothermal, tidal and wave energy push. Momentarily parting ways with “drill, baby, drill,” the pro-oil refrain made popular during the Republican presidential campaign, Ms. Palin said last week that her oil- and gas-producing state will endeavor to get half its electricity from renewables by 2025.
“This is huge, and it should be appreciated by all Alaskans,” she said at a press conference, according to the Juneau Empire.
The move is part of the Alaska Energy Authority’s hefty energy plan, called “Alaska Energy: A First Step Toward Energy Independence” (PDF) — though it is more a study guide for communities than a state government action plan, according to The Empire.
Renewable energy advocates were nonetheless pleased by the governor’s plan. “We’re very happy to see the administration moving this way,” said Chris Rose, executive director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, in an e-mail message to Green Inc. His organization noted that Alaska already gets about 25 percent of its electricity from dams.