From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of environmental, labor and advocacy groups on Thursday will unveil a website that’s part of a broader push to expand wind energy in upstate New York.

The website, Friends of Upstate New York Wind, is meant to serve as a resource to promote the issue and for the groups to tout the energy source’s economic benefits.

“New Yorkers for Clean Power is thrilled to launch this new educational tool for supporters of clean energy across New York,” said New Yorkers For Clean Power Director Betta Broad. “We have been impressed with the broad support that exists for non-polluting energy across Upstate, but are concerned by the prevalence of misleading information. We are excited by this effort to share accurate information about the benefits of clean power with our families, friends and neighbors.”

The website will highlight a cross-section of issues surrounding wind energy: security in diversifying energy resources, construction jobs that would pay the prevailing wage, tax revenue, farmland preservation and public health.

“We want people to know how great wind power can be for Upstate New York,” said Anne Reynolds, the executive director of ACE NY.

“This new portal provides accurate information on wind power and stories about wind farms already operating in New York State. We do not want misleading information about wind energy to cost residents, especially farmers and construction workers, the opportunity to prosper and thrive in the state’s new clean energy economy.”

All told, more than 20 groups representing business, environmental advocacy and labor are backing the new effort.