Wind is the second-fastest growing source of energy in America, producing enough power for ten million homes. This growth in wind energy is possible because of the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal tax incentive program which rewards wind energy companies for every kilowatt-hour produced. The PTC has pushed the price of wind power down by 90%, and created 85,000 jobs.
But, wind energy doesn’t just help us here at home. Reducing fuel consumption in the field saves American lives--one out of every 24 fuel convoys in Afghanistan results in a casualty.
-- The Marines are reducing the need for fuel convoys by developing compact wind turbines to power equipment on remote forward operating bases in combat zones.
-- Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington produce 100% of their energy requirements with wind to ensure they have a secure, reliable supply of energy.
The PTC encourages investments in wind energy, driving innovation that lowers bills at home and keeps our troops safer in the field.
But the PTC is in trouble. Even though it expires at the end of the year, manufacturers are laying off workers today. If it is not extended very soon there will be no new wind projects in 2013 and 37,000 Americans will lose their jobs.
Send a message to Rep. Boehner today: Extend the Wind Production Tax Credit to help keep America safe.