By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 5, 2020
Big wind does not have a COVID problem. It has a mismanagement problem.
[Chuck] Grassley is promoting the American Wind Energy Association’s bogus claim that COVID slowed the industry causing projects to delay into 2021. He is now asking the IRS to extend the four-year window by another year to allow MWs that started construction in 2016 to spill into 2021 and still earn 100% PTC.
– Lisa Linowes (below)
The Texas Business Coalition recently published an interview with the intrepid critic of government-enabled industrial wind power, Lisa Linowes. The TBC’s article, “Wind Energy Researcher: Don’t Extend Deadline for Wind Projects” (April 26. 2020), explains what Big Wind is after now under the guise of Pandemic policy.
The article follows in its entirety.
Six U.S. senators, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, have asked for “safe harbor” deadline extensions to assist renewable energy developers to meet construction deadlines and qualify for tax credits. Lisa Linowes, executive director and spokesperson for The WindAction Group, said that is a lot of hot air.
“Big wind does not have a COVID problem. It has a mismanagement problem,” Linowes told Texas Business Coalition. “Before the March 14 COVID shutdown, the industry was already reporting that 9,000 megawatts of 2016 safe-harbored turbines were expected to spill into 2021. This 9,000 megawatt spillover has nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with mismanaging delivery and construction timelines. Developers and (Iowa Sen. Charles) Grassley are shamelessly demanding taxpayers assume the price tag of their mismanagement. Such behavior should not be rewarded at our expense.”
The WindAction Group is, according to its website, “a national advocacy focused on the impact/benefits analysis and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development.”
The six, Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Ron Wyd...................................
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