Target: Senator Harry Reid
Goal: Keep production of clean, renewable wind energy an attractive option to utilities and others by restoring the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit
For many years commercial producers of electricity have had the option of utilizing wind energy, and the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit has made the expense they face a more palatable prospect. This program offered a 2.3 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour) credit on energy produced by equipment that harnesses the wind.
However, the incentive has lapsed since 2013, which was the last year that producers investing in construction of wind based energy facilities were eligible for the credit. As it stands now, newly constructed wind farms do not qualify for the subsidy unless construction began prior to January 1, 2014, but a bill in the Senate would extend the credit through 2015.
With the world consuming electricity that is produced by the burning of fossil fuels at an ever greater rate, clean renewable wind energy needs all the help it can get in order to displace more of the greenhouse gas emitting power plants that threaten to bring about radical climate changes, some of which have already started to occur.
$15 billion dollars per year has been the average spending in the U.S. on wind farms, but without an extension of the tax credit that figure will likely diminish. Congress has introduced a bill that, among many other provisions, restores the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit. The bill has already passed the Senate Finance Committee, and after debate will be voted on by the full senate.
This petition to Senator Harry Reid, Senate majority leader, aims to urge him to do what he can to boost the bill’s chances of becoming law.
Dear Senator Reid,
Restoring the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit would be a great accomplishment by Congress, and by people like you who have worked hard to see the tax extenders bill through committee.
When wind power gains prominence as an energy source for our nation, the country’s carbon footprint will become significantly smaller, and thus our share of responsibility for the ills of global warming, including climate change, will shrink.
I’m sure most Americans would agree that if such an effect can be expedited by restoring the tax credits that used to be offered to wind energy producers, the cost to taxpayers would be seen as nominal, so keep up the good work on S 1859, and do what you can to get it passed.
[Your Name Here]
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