American Energy Alliance Rallies Opposition to Wind Credit

Giant wind turbines stand ready to generate electricity at the Trent Mesa Wind Project, American Electric Power's new 150-megawatt wind farm near Abilene, Texas. The wind farm, the fourth largest in the nation, has 100 turbines, each standing 328 feet tall--taller than a 30-story building. Trent Mesa can generate enough electricity to supply more than 35,000 homes. The wind farm was completed and dedicated today by American Electric Power, the nation's largest generator of electricity. (PRNewsFoto/American Electric Power)  
National Journal
Alex Brown
Nov. 5, 2013, 6:12 a.m.

The wind-pro­duc­tion tax cred­it is set to ex­pire at the end of this year, and the Amer­ic­an En­ergy Al­li­ance is lead­ing a co­ali­tion of or­gan­iz­a­tions call­ing on Con­gress to let it die.

“The wind in­dustry has very little to show after 20 years of pref­er­en­tial tax treat­ment; it re­mains woe­fully de­pend­ent on this fed­er­al sup­port,” the group said in a state­ment. “Yet des­pite this con­sist­ent un­der-per­form­ance, Con­gress has re­peatedly voted to ex­tend the PTC…. This year, Con­gress should break from the past and al­low the wind PTC to ex­pire as sched­uled, once and for all. Amer­ic­ans de­serve en­ergy solu­tions that can make it on their own in the mar­ket­place — not ones that need to be propped up by gov­ern­ment in­def­in­itely.”

The state­ment’s sign­ees in­clude plenty of con­ser­vat­ive groups: Her­it­age Ac­tion, Club for Growth, and Free­dom Works are among those call­ing for the tax cred­it to ex­pire. The Amer­ic­an En­ergy Al­li­ance is af­fil­i­ated with the In­sti­tute for En­ergy Re­search, a free-mar­ket think tank, and is run by Tom Pyle, a former Koch In­dus­tries lob­by­ist.

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