Twenty-four governors, not including Walker, ask Obama to extend tax credits for wind project investments

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Economic development, Energy Policy, Jobs, Wind | Tags: , , , |

From a news release on the Web site of the American Wind Energy Association:

Iowa, Aug. 24—A coalition of 24 governors from both major parties and each region of the country has asked the administration to take a series of steps to provide a more favorable business climate for the development of wind energy, starting with a seven-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to provide stable, low tax rates for wind-generated electricity.

A letter from the governors, sent last month to the White House, has since been made public by the Governors Wind Energy Coalition. Signed by coalition chair Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-RI), and vice chair Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA), the letter says:

“Although tax credits for wind energy have long enjoyed bipartisan support, they are scheduled to expire next year. Wind-related manufacturing will slow if the credits are not extended, and some of the tax credits’ benefit will be lost if Congress pursues a last-minute extension. It is important to have consistency in policy to support the continued development of wind manufacturing in the United States. Extending the production tax credit and the investment tax credit, without a gap, is critical to the health of wind manufacturing in our nation. The wind manufacturing industry in the U.S. would benefit even greater if the extension of these credits would be for at least seven years.”

“Governors have always focused on jobs and economic development as their main responsibility. Now that Washington is following suit, it helps for these Governors to tell Washington what has been putting people to work in their states,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “It is also helpful for them to support the removal of roadblocks that can occur in administrative agencies, so that deployment objectives are not unintentionally thwarted.”

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Wisconsin far behind in wind power

Posted on April 6, 2008. Filed under: Wind | Tags: , |

An article from The Business Journal:

The state of Wisconsin trails the top wind-power generating states by a wide margin, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Wind Energy Association. Wisconsin possesses only 53 megawatts of installed capacity in the state, generating a paltry 0.2 percent of the state’s energy, the report said. That trails leader Texas, which tops the states in wind power with 4,448 total installed capacity in megawatts as of 2007. California is second with 2,439. They are followed by Minnesota with 1,299, Iowa with 1,271 and Washington with 1,163.Wisconsin ranks 23rd on a list that names only 34 states that have at least 1 megawatt of wind power generating capacity.

Iowa leads the nation in wind generation on a percentage basis, obtaining 5.5 percent of its electricity from the renewable energy sources. Following are Minnesota with 4.6 percent, New Mexico with 3.9 percent, Oregon with 3.5 percent and South Dakota with 2.6 percent.

Alliant Energy Corp. (NYSE: LNT), a Madison utility holding company that runs utilities in Madison and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, purchases 378 megawatts of wind energy for its customers, enough to rank Alliant eighth on a list of investor-owned utilities using wind power.

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