AWEA's Kelley: Wind power is good for the economy, environment

04/16/2013 | Washington Times, The

Up to $25 billion in private investment annually and 80,000 American jobs last year could be attributed to the implementation of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, writes Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, in a letter to the editor. The production-based incentive does not cost taxpayers anything, and it is more than made up for by the taxes that wind projects pay over their lifetimes, according to a study by NextEra Energy. Wind power's small carbon footprint is good for wildlife, and its ability to displace the most inefficient power plants means it benefits consumers, as well, Kelley writes.

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