Urge Congress: Save USA Wind Jobs We encourage you to e-mail your Members of Congress and remind them of the urgency of extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) as quickly as possible.
America needs homegrown energy resources to power the nation, and with our economy struggling, we’re in dire need of American jobs. Wind energy delivers in both of these areas. The renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) is an effective tool to keep electricity prices low and encourage development of proven clean energy projects. However, the PTC expiration is looming and we need to act fast to protect wind industry jobs.
With the uncertainty of the future of the PTC, businesses are hesitant to plan future U.S. wind projects, American manufacturers have seen a drop in orders, and layoffs have already started. For the purposes of our industry, the PTC has already effectively expired. Half of the U.S. wind industry’s workforce is at stake. To preserve tens of thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs, the wind industry urgently needs Congress to take action to extend the PTC immediately.
Both Congressional chambers have introduced legislation to extend the PTC this session. In the House, HR 3307 proposes to extend the PTC for four years, and in the Senate, S 2201 proposes to extend the PTC for two years. There is tremendous bipartisan support for this extension, and we must continue to emphasize the urgency of bringing this extension across the finish line.