Wind turbines: Pennsylvania newspaper joins in growing call for PTC extension

The Daily Review, a newspaper based in Towanda, Pa., this week became the latest in a steadily growing number of newspapers endorsing an extension of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Said the Daily Review in an editorial, "[F]ederal lawmakers should renew the production tax credit for wind power, which otherwise would expire at the end of this year. It has helped to drive down the cost of wind power and to preserve and expand jobs in the industry." The editorial generally spoke approvingly of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, and noted their increasing contribution to regional electricity supplies.

The PTC provides an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity production from utility-scale turbines. It is set to expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress extends it first. A recent study by Navigant Consulting found that extending the Production Tax Credit will allow the industry to grow to 100,000 jobs in just four years, while an expiration would kill 37,000 jobs within a year.

A House bill seeking to extend the PTC has 101 cosponsors, including 23 Republicans, while a Senate bill to extend it was introduced March 15 by seven Senators, including three Republicans. PTC extension efforts have received the endorsement of a broad coalition of more than 370 members, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Western Governors’ Association. A PTC extension also has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Governors Association, and the bipartisan Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, which includes 23 Republican and Democratic Governors from across the U.S. A PTC extension has been endorsed by a number of newspapers across the country, including the Houston Chronicle, The New York Times, the Denver Post, the Daily Oklahoman, and the Toledo Blade.

Tom Gray,