Top U.S. Job Engine Threatened By Looming Threats to Production Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2012) – Each major wind farm in the United States supports more than
the country, according to two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) set for
release at 10 a.m.
The reports detail each and every job created in the 14-step supply chain that goes into a typical wind
farm. They also detail specific benefits that wind energy are pumping into communities across America,
from manufacturing hubs in Central Ohio to wind farms in Northern Oregon.
Wind energy accounted for one-third of all new power added in the United States in the past five years
and could contribute up to 20 percent of U.S. energy by 2030. More than 75,000 Americans now work in the wind energy industry.
Unfortunately, this tremendous economic and environmental potential is jeopardy because of politically driven threats to let the 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour Production Tax Credit (PTC) expire just as the wind industry is hitting its stride.
Speakers will detail what types of jobs are at risk and what types of community benefits could be cut if
Congress doesn't renew the PTC after it returns to work on Monday, Sept. 10.
Cai Steger, policy advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council;
Scott Viciana, vice president, Ventower Industries; and Phil Jordan, researcher, BW Research Partnership.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
10 am. EDT
CALL-IN INFORMATION: Join the live, telephone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 10
a.m. EDT on September 11, 2012 by dialing 888-727-7725. Ask for the "wind energy jobs report" news event.
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