AEA Launches Initiative Targeting Wind Subsidies

WASHINGTON — The American Energy Alliance launched today a week-long initiative targeting federal subsidies for the wind industry. The initiative includes a $40,000 digital and print ad buy promoting a new report from AEA’s parent organization, the Institute for Energy Research. The report, titled “Estimating the State-Level Impact of Federal Wind Energy Subsidies”, provides a state by state and region by region assessment of the distributional impacts of federal wind subsidies. The ad buy includes placements in theDecember 2nd issue of the Washington Examiner magazine, the December 3rd-5th editions of the National Journal daily, and a series of digital ads on www.WashingtonExaminer.comand

In addition to the ad buy, AEA is flying in a group of advocates from states that are negatively impacted by federal wind subsidies to brief Congressional staff. The Institute for Energy Research will also host a policy summit consisting of a panel of experts on Tuesday, December 3rd at noon.

Upon announcement of the initiative, AEA and IER President Thomas Pyle released the following statement:

“The Institute for Energy Research has taken a comprehensive look at the state by state impacts of federal wind subsidies, confirming what many have suspected all along. The majority of states are shouldering an unfair tax burden, shifting millions of dollars from their states’ economies to line the pockets of wind producers in states with mandates for renewable energy.

“Studies like this are essential for the American public to understand what happens when government takes their money to fund expensive programs that benefit boutique industries.

“The present administration has picked wind as its favorite energy source and as a result, every American taxpayer loses.

“The American Energy Alliance intends to broadly disseminate this data to underscore the need for sound energy policies and put an end to wasteful wind subsidies. We will be making an aggressive push to help policymakers understand the real world impacts of wind subsidies on their constituents.”

For an interactive map on the distributional impact of federal wind subsidies, click here.

To read IER’s study, “Estimating the State-Level Impact of Federal Wind Energy Subsidies”, click here.

To register for IER’s policy summit, click here.


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