AEA Urges Congress to End Wind Welfare

  • 10/27/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
WASHINGTON -- Today, the American Energy Alliance launched a six-figure advocacy initiative urging Congress to eliminate the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). This targeted digital and grassroots initiative follows AEA's recently launched PTC Action Hub, and continues a sustained effort to drive House Members to support H.R. 1901, the PTC Elimination Act. Fifty House Members currently support this legislation, while 86 have publicly opposed the PTC.
"Congress has an opportunity to step...

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AEA Launches Wind PTC Action Hub

  • 10/08/15
  • AEA
  • Press Releases
New Initiative Encourages Lawmakers to Eliminate Handouts for Big Wind WASHINGTON -- Today, the American Energy Alliance launched www.EndWindWelfare.org —a resource and activist hub aimed at eliminating the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). With this new tool, which includes a legislative tracker and an action center, AEA will encourage lawmakers to support efforts to end this taxpayer-funded handout. One feature of the hub is a video illustrating how the PTC is tied to President...
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Scorecard Groups Urge End to Wind PTC

  • 09/16/15
  • AEA
  • Press Releases
WASHINGTON -- Today, the American Energy Alliance joined with Heritage Action for America, Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity in opposition to the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee , the groups urge against extending this taxpayer-funded subsidy and explain that the PTC will be an important factor as the groups consider whether to include final passage of the extenders package in their respective legislative scorecards. Below...
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If Wind Energy is "Strong" Why Does it Need Subsidies?

  • 07/29/15
  • AEA
  • Blog
Last week, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its second quarter 2015 U.S. wind energy market report. In a press release , AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan hails the report as indicative of a vibrant wind energy industry: “With a near-record amount of wind capacity under construction, this looks to be a strong year for American wind power.” However, Kiernan quickly changes tone, stating that “…to create longer term stability for the industry the full Senate and the House of...
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Coalition to Congress: Support PTC Elimination Act

  • 07/27/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
The American Energy Alliance joined this week with 19 other organizations in opposition to the wasteful wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). In a letter to the House of Representatives, the coalition encourages Members to support H.R. 1901, a bill introduced by Congressmen Marchant and Pompeo earlier this year to eliminate the wind PTC. Below is an excerpt from the letter:
Ending the wind PTC is an important initiative for several reasons. First, it is pro-taxpayer. Since it was created...

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Senate Tax Extenders Nightmare

  • 07/23/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
With little debate and no opportunity for amendments, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” this week rushed a package of tax breaks through the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, called a tax extenders package, is an affront to the American taxpayer. Only Senators Toomey (R-PA), Coats (R-IN), and Enzi (R-WY) opposed the package. They should be commended for their bold leadership, especially in light of the failure of so many of their colleagues. In an unfortunate sign of...
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Lessons for Congress from the Land Down Under

  • 07/17/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
Congress may soon consider legislation retroactively extending a raft of expired tax subsidies, known as “tax extenders.” One of those is the wind Production Tax Credit, a multi-billion dollar tax credit that subsidizes wind developers for the electricity they generate. This costly handout raises energy prices, destabilizes the electric grid, and benefits wealthy wind lobbyists at the expense of American taxpayers. The rest of the developed world has learned this lesson the hard way:...
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Wind Fail: 20 Quotes for 30 Years of False Hopes

  • 07/15/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
Last week, news reports indicated the Senate Finance Committee will soon mark up legislation to retroactively extend a number of tax provisions that expired at the end of last year. Of note in this package is the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). This would be the 10th extension of the PTC since it became law in 1992. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of the original authors of the wind PTC, made clear last week in a letter to Chairman Hatch that despite his past statements, he wants...
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Opponents of EPA Climate Regulations Should Reject the Wind PTC

  • 07/10/15
  • AEA
  • Emissions Standards
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize its Climate Rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—what EPA euphemistically calls its “Clean Power Plan.” The Climate Rule is the foundation of President Obama’s broader agenda to restrict the use of America’s natural energy resources. Also central to the president’s climate agenda is the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal tax subsidy for wind energy producers. These two policies—the...
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Wind Lobby Blows Smoke on PTC Elimination Act

  • 06/19/15
  • AEA
  • Wind
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) sent a letter to Congress on June 18 in opposition to the PTC Elimination Act , a bill that would phase out and eventually end a subsidy that has funneled billions of taxpayer dollars into the wind industry over the last two decades. While AWEA claims that the PTC creates competition and benefits the economy, the subsidy stifles innovation and amounts to nothing more than corporate welfare for a mature industry. Below we correct the record on...
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