April 25, 2012, 12:04pm PDT Wind advocates make another run at PTC extension

 By Christina Williams

 Sustainable Business Oregon

Wind industry advocates are making a renewed push to extend the Production Tax Credit. Supporters of the renewable energy production tax credit will testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Thursday to make the case for the incentive's extension — a legislative goal that has so far proven elusive. "We're reaching a point of no return now," said Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D - Portland, in a call with reporters Wednesday. Blumenauer will testify in the hearing Thursday. The call, hosted by the American Wind Energy Association which has been lobbying heavily for the production tax credit's extension, highlighted estimates that 37,000 wind energy workers stand to lose their jobs by the end of the year if the credit is not extended.

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 28, 2012 at 10:36am

let them lose their jobs I am sorry to is their mantra to keep this awful industry going..

we are all going to lose a lot more than that..and already have..what about the loss of jobs in out towns when they leave after constructing these monstrosities? they should NOT be near humans at all or wildlife...

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on April 26, 2012 at 7:42pm

Comment by larry sherman on April 26, 2012 at 7:24pm

The Wind Industry is really desperate for this "tax-payer paid" / "deficit increasing" money!  Their desperation is obvious by the number of times they keep trying to get this money.  We can expect many more attempts by these parasites...............

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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