in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

As promised, Vestas is continuing its workforce reductions in Colorado - this time, at its Brighton, Colo., blade manufacturing plant - due to Congress' failure to extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).

According to company spokesperson Andrew Longeteig, the layoffs amount to approximately 5% of Vestas' Colorado manufacturing workforce.

In August, the company cut positions at its nacelle assembly plant - also in Brighton - and at its Pueblo, Colo., tower manufacturing facility.

The latest round of layoffs are just a part of Vestas' overall plan to eliminate 3,700 total employees on the year - 1,400 more layoffs than the company had originally anticipated when it announced its first round of workforce reductions in January.

Once again, Vestas cited reduced orders resulting from the lack of a PTC extension as the reason for the layoffs. Responding to Vestas’ announcement, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. - who has been one of the most ardent proponents of extending the PTC - slammed his colleagues for their inaction.

“This latest round of layoffs should underline for lawmakers in Colorado and across the United States the cost of politicizing the wind production tax credit,” Udall said in a statement. “My colleagues need to remember that good-paying, American manufacturing jobs are at stake when we fail to give this industry the certainty it needs to make long-term investments in its workers and the United States.

“We need to redouble our efforts and extend the PTC as soon as possible,” he added. “Our inaction is hurting Colorado families, ceding our leadership on wind energy to China and jeopardizing our nation’s energy security.”


Mortenson Construction_id2024

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.


Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England's REC Market?

Some are concerned that the first offshore wind projects could negatively impact pricing of renewable energy credits (RECs) in New England.


Catching Up With The DOE's Down-Select Offshore Winners

The three recipients of key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding provide updates on their offshore wind demonstration projects.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015