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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today met with several multinational wind development companies and a delegation headed by the Honorable Pedro Mejia, Spain's Secretary of State for Tourism and Commerce. The meeting was part of a round table discussion concerning the future of wind energy production in both the United States and Europe.

"South Dakota has the ability to be on the leading edge of wind energy production in this country," said Thune. "If we can harness South Dakota's wind energy potential, we can be an example to the rest of the world about the future of renewable energy."

During the meeting, Senator Thune encouraged the companies in attendance, representing billions of dollars of renewable energy capital, to develop wind generation projects in the Upper Great Plains. Senator Thune underscored the untapped wind resources in South Dakota and invited the companies to consider South Dakota as a location for future manufacturing facilities. Later this week, the Spanish delegation will be traveling to Colorado to meet with officials at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab and other economic development groups.

The following officials of the Spanish government joined Senator Thune as well as Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) in the meeting:

  • Pedro Mejía, Secretary of State for Tourism & Commerce

  • Ignasi Nieto, Secretary General for Energy

  • Teresa Ribera, Director General for Climate Change

  • Jaume Margarit i Roset, Director of Renewable Energy

  • Julián Izquierdo, Deputy Director General for Trade Policy for North America & Iberoamerica

  • Several of the world's largest wind development and equipment manufacturers were also present at the meeting including three companies that have already invested in South Dakota wind farms.