Coalition Of Governors Asks Administration To Focus On Wind Energy Development

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A coalition of 24 governors from both major parties and each region of the country has asked the Obama 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 and the investment tax credit, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports.

The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition has since made public a letter from the governors sent last month to the White House. Signed by coalition Chairman Gov. Lincoln Chafee, I-R.I., and Vice Chairman Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, 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.’

The governors' letter also calls for the following:

– Establishing a combined intergovernmental state-federal task force on wind energy development;

– Expanding the U.S. Department of Energy's renewable energy programs in order to focus on technology research and innovation;

– Improving collaboration on the siting of new wind turbines;

– Expediting deployment of offshore wind; and

– Identifying transmission and grid integration priorities for power marketing administrations such as the Bonneville Power Administration.

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