Wind turbines: As Congress delays PTC extension, Gamesa announces furloughs

David Rosenberg, a spokesman for the firm, told Bloomberg bluntly, "The lack of a PTC is the cause for this action," explaining that it is not a situation that applies only to Gamesa, but to the entire wind turbine manufacturing industry.

Said the article, "Wind farms take years to plan and build, and developers are trimming orders now. Total 2013 installations may fall to 4.9 gigawatts from an estimated 10.5 gigawatts this year if the credit is renewed this year after the election, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance."

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 105 cosponsors, including 24 Republicans, while a similar Senate bill is cosponsored 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,