65 Iowa Groups Ask Congressional Delegation to Push Renewal of the PTC

Today, 65 groups and individual from Iowa sent a letter to their congressional delegation asking them to lead the renewal of the production tax credit for wind. Below is the letter:

September 13, 2012

 

 

The Honorable Charles Grassley

United States Senate

135 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC, 20510

 

The Honorable Steve King

United States House of Representatives

1131 Longworth Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

The Honorable Tom Harkin

United States Senate

731 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC, 20510

 

The Honorable Tom Latham

United States House of Representatives

2217 Rayburn Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

The Honorable Bruce Braley

United States House of Representatives

1727 Longworth Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

 

The Honorable David Loebsack

United States House of Representatives

1527 Longworth Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

The Honorable Leonard Boswel

lUnited States House of Representatives

1026 Longworth Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Iowa Congressional Delegation,

 

We, the undersigned groups and individuals, write to urge you to keep Iowans working and to continue promoting Iowa’s economic development, energy security and clean affordable electricity by immediately extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC). Action is needed to prevent expiration of the PTC at the end of this calendar year. Aided by the PTC, Iowa was the first state to generate almost 20 percent of its electricity from wind. Wind supports as many as 7,000 Iowa jobs, and millions in annual land lease payments to Iowa farmers. Iowa wind has also prompted $300 million in private investment in Iowa manufacturing facilities.

The wind industry in Iowa has diversified our rural economy. Since 1992, 2,978 wind turbines have been installed on 104 utility scale and community scale wind farms. Iowa now has 4,322 MW of electric generation capacity and 450 MW are under construction. This represents nearly $5 billion funneling through Iowa’s economy. Thousands of Iowans depend on the wind industry to support their families through construction, manufacturing, operations and maintenance jobs. In addition, land owner easement payments to farmers exceed $11 million annually and are extremely important in trying economic times. Economic conditions have been made even more difficult by the drought conditions that threaten this year’s crop production.

It is vital that Congress act now to avoid the looming tax increase on wind energy, as the economic damage has already begun. Without the certainty of the PTC, developers are cancelling projects because they cannot get financing. Consequently, manufacturers are faced with little or no orders for 2013. Layoffs have started.

Congress has the opportunity to stop further job losses and to halt economic deterioration in Iowa and throughout the nation. The payroll tax legislation now being debated in the both the Senate and the House offers a vehicle to extend the PTC. We respectfully request that an extension of the PTC be included in any tax overhaul policy.

This is not a partisan issue; it’s an Iowa jobs issue. We cannot as a state or as a country afford to let the PTC expire. With low taxes, wind power can continue to generate tremendous benefits – in jobs, investment and clean energy — to Iowa and the nation.

Sincerely,

Allen, Chaz – Jasper County Economic Development Corporation

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management ServicesASFCMEAnemometry Specialists, Inc

Beckman, Susan – Siemens Energy, Inc.

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation

Cherokee Industrial Corporation

Clean Air Muscatine

Clipper Wind, LLC

Conley, Elizabeth – Clean Line Energy Partners

Des Moines Area Community College

Dowding Industries of Iowa, LLC

Eastern Iowa Community College

EDP Renewables North America, LLC

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Geier, Michael G. – Snyder and Associates, Inc

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Green State Solutions

Hawkeye Community College

Herrick, Chad – Atkins

Iberdrola Renewables

Indian Hills Community College

Iowa Association of Community College Presidents

Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Chamber Alliance

Iowa Environmental Council

Iowa Farm Bureau

Iowa Interfaith Power and Light

Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Move to Amend

Iowa Policy Project

Iowa Renewable Energy Association

Iowa Solar and Small Wind Energy Trade Association

Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council

Iowa State University

Iowa Valley Community College

Iowa Western Community College

Iowa Wildlife Federation

Iowa Wind Energy Association

I-RENEW

Janssen, Dan – City of Sibley

Jones, Doug – Clean Line Energy Partners

Kirkwood Community College

Midwest Wind Resources

Northeast Iowa Community College

North Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College

Perrin, Brenda – Cherokee

Progress Iowa

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Iowa Chapter

Public Interest Research Group

RENEW Energy Maintenance, LLC

Southeastern Iowa Community College

Southwestern Community College

Stoffregen, Philip – BrownWinick

Sundblad, Phil – Crosswind Energy LLC

Tipton, Sheila K. – Blein McCormick, P.C.

Transition Des Moines

University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Wind Consulting

Zinc Air Inc.

 

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