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WINDPOWER 2012 Launches with a Strong Push for Continuing the Production Tax Credit

June 5, 2012

The opening session of the WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 4 focused on the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and how the continued uncertainty around its potential expiration is negatively impacting the wind industry. State leaders, including Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas and Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, spoke about wind energy's impact in their states over the past few years. Kansas is projected to double the state's capacity in 2012, but the state may also experience job losses if the PTC is allowed to lapse. Both Governors noted that energy independence, American manufacturing, and good jobs are not partisan issues once people have been informed about all of the benefits wind energy can bring to communities and the nation. Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant for Energy and Climate Change to President Obama, discussed the Administration's commitment to the extension of the PTC as a cornerstone of the "All of the Above" energy policy. All speakers requested that everyone in the wind industry must act locally and nationally to continue providing information about wind energy's jobs and economic development benefits to their friends and colleagues.

—Julie Jones