Gov. Brown Creates Eco-friendly System to Boost State Economy
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With a $46.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to demonstrate the potential of offshore wind energy resources in the United States, Principle Power is working to deploy the first offshore wind demonstration project off the Pacific Coast.
Principle Power has identified the waters 18 miles off the coast of Coos Bay as its preferred demonstration site, and Oregon must take action to secure this investment.
“This is a great opportunity for Oregon," Governor Brown said. "The WindFloat Pacific Project has the potential to simultaneously work toward creating new energy solutions for the nation while creating hundreds of new jobs across multiple sectors here at home."
The WindFloat Pacific Project will invest millions of dollars in the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs during the pilot project development phase. As the industry grows, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that there could be 8,000 MW of offshore wind deployed off the West Coast supporting more than 25,000 FTE jobs.
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Brown lives in Portland with her husband Dan Little who she has been married to for almost 20 years and is also a stepmother to two children. She identifies as bisexual and was America's first openly bisexual statewide officeholder.
Photo: Brown kissing Storm Large at Basic Rights Oregon's 27th annual Dinner Auction in 2009. Photo by Byron Beck.
Cut D.C. Trip Short
On Wednesday, Feb. 11 2015 Brown left is the national conference for the Association of Secretaries of State in Washington D.C. two days early.
The 2015 Winter Conference runs from February 10-13, 2015, and draws top state officials from around the country.
Brown's spokesperson, Tony Green, confirmed she is on her way back to Oregon, and that her return is ahead of schedule.
According to multiple sources at the highest level of State Government, her return is tied to a potential resignation by the embattled Governor John Kitzhaber.
Photo: Kate Brown with Peter Johnson (left) and George Vranas (right).
Governor of Oregon
Governor John Kitzhaber released a statement Friday, Feb. 13 announcing his resignation.
Kate Brown will now serve as the Governor until the next general biennial election. A new governor can be elected in 2016.
Kate Brown will be the second female Governor of Oregon.
Photo Credit: Kate Brown with Dianne Lin by Byron Beck
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