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Title: Wind: A Local Industry


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COLLABORATION - Pew Center on Global ClimateCharge/VA
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R&D Project: 574617; BnR: EB2502010; TRN: US200803%%460
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Journal Name: ReFocus Magazine; Journal Volume: 1471; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: Mar/Apr 2007
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United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; WIND; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; RESOURCE POTENTIAL; Published by Pew Center on Global Climate Change/VA incollaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff.

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Lewis, Joanna, and Wiser, Ryan. Wind: A Local Industry. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1016/S1471-0846(07)70048-3.
Lewis, Joanna, & Wiser, Ryan. Wind: A Local Industry. United States. doi:10.1016/S1471-0846(07)70048-3.
Lewis, Joanna, and Wiser, Ryan. Thu . "Wind: A Local Industry". United States. doi:10.1016/S1471-0846(07)70048-3.
title = {Wind: A Local Industry},
author = {Lewis, Joanna and Wiser, Ryan},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {10.1016/S1471-0846(07)70048-3},
journal = {ReFocus Magazine},
number = ,
volume = 1471,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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