Wind power advocates are hoping that an extension of the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit will be taken up as part of a payroll tax-cut package this month rather than during the lame duck session after the November election. The PTC extension "needs to happen in the payroll tax extension" because many projects will shut down and many jobs will be lost if Congress waits until the end of the year, said Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association. "Later will be too late," he added.

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