New Draft of Bill Includes Two-Year Extension
Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have secured an amendment to extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) for two years in the bipartisan tax extenders bill. The amendment was included in an updated draft released by the Senate Finance Committee this morning prior to its consideration of the bill.
“The wind PTC is an economic engine in Colorado that supports thousands of jobs in our state and tens of thousands more across the country,” Bennet said. “This extension will boost Colorado’s diverse energy industry and help us remain competitive in the global and changing economy.”
Bennet has led efforts in Congress to extend the wind energy PTC. In 2012, he led eight of the nine members of the Colorado Congressional delegation in a bipartisan letter calling for extension of the tax credit and introduced two bipartisan amendments with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and cosponsored by Senator Mark Udall, to extend the PTC. He also partnered with Senators Grassley and Udall that year to introduce the American Energy and Job Promotion Act, a bipartisan bill to extend the PTC for wind and several other renewable energy technologies. Bennet successfully led a bipartisan group of senators urging the Senate Finance Committee to include an extension of the PTC in the 2012 tax extenders bill the committee considered.
Colorado generates the sixth highest percentage of power from wind of any state in the nation. It is home to several major wind energy developers and wind turbine manufacturing facilities, employing upwards of 5,000 workers statewide.
Nationally, a permanent expiration of the wind production tax credit could cost as many as 37,000 jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association.