in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Americans for Prosperity, which describes itself as "the nation's largest free-market grassroots organization," and 23 other groups have jointly released an open letter calling on Congress to block an extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy.

"The wind energy industry clearly has little to show for 20 years of tax breaks," says Christine Harbin Hanson, Americans for Prosperity’s federal affairs manager. "Congress should cut its losses and end this wasteful handout for the wind industry once and for all. U.S. energy policy should be based on energy technologies that can make it in the marketplace without special favors from the government."

In the letter, the coalition calls the PTC a “misguided handout” and claims that wind energy, itself, has issues. The letter says wind power is an expensive energy source that “threatens electrical grid reliability” and is “inefficient.”

The coalition is also against a potential phase-out of the wind energy subsidy.

“Proposals to phase out the credit over time are a red herring,” the letter says. “A phase-out is still an extension, and it does not address any of the problems that arise from government backing for wind energy.”

The PTC, which Congress narrowly extended in early January, is set to expire again on Dec. 31. A number of wind developers, turbine makers and utility companies have cited the tax incentive as an essential economic driver for wind development in the U.S.

The entire letter is available here.




Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Federal Appeals Court Finds Obama's Wind Farm Decision Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. government violated the constitutional rights of Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. when ordering the divestment of four Oregon wind farms.


Renewables Make Up Over 50% Of New U.S. Power In First Half Of 2014

According to a recent government report, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, continue to dominate new electric generating capacity.


Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing 'The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow'

The turbine manufacturer’s Elgin, Ill.-based training facility is the culmination of a program that puts a new twist on a proven method of instruction.


Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes issue with a recent report summary regarding various renewable energy policies in North America.


FWS Issues Landmark Eagle Take Permit: What Does It Mean For Wind Projects?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recent decision has far-ranging implications for operating wind farms, as well as for those under development.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Navigant_id1983
Canwea_id1984