More Than 3,000 Texans Call on
Reps. Canseco and Farenthold to Save Texas Wind Jobs
Contact: Dave Cortez, Texas BlueGreen Alliance
WHO: Dave Cortez - Emcee, Texas BlueGreen Alliance
Jeff Clark - Executive Director, The Wind Coalition
Jeff Neves - Project Developer, American Shoreline Inc.
WHAT: Teleconference on benefits of wind production tax credit in Texas
WHEN: Thursday, October 11th, 11AM CT
CALL INFO: 1-866-501-6174
*Spanish speakers available for quotes*
With help from the federal wind energy production tax credit, Texas has become a national leader in wind energy and wind jobs. The Production Tax Credit helps level the energy playing field between fossil fuels and renewables, and has been a key engine in the huge growth of the wind industry over the past decade. The wind industry currently supports more than 75,000 jobs across the country, including over 7,000 here in Texas. If the PTC is not renewed by the end of the year, an estimated 37,000 jobs will be lost.
As a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report stated, “Current energy tax policy is the result of prior policy action undertaken in an effort to achieve the nation’s long-standing goal of enhancing U.S. energy security. For example, the promotion of domestic fossil fuel production, the current principle short-run strategy, was a central tenet of energy tax policy from 1918 through the late 1960s” (Sherlock and Crandall-Hollick, September 2012).
In addition, U.S. government support for oil, natural gas, and coal has totaled over $500 billion from 1950 to 2006 according to Management Information Services Incorporated. Some of these incentives have been permanent fixtures of the tax code for decades, whereas the PTC has been periodically extended on a short-term basis since 1992.
List of key wind projects in CD 23
Anacacho Wind Farm (Near Uvalde)
Desert Sky Wind Project (CPS Energy purchases power from here)
Sherbino Wind Farms (BP owned)
Woodward Mountain Wind Ranch
List of key wind projects in CD 27
Palo Alto West Wind Farm (Proposed for construction in Nueces County, projected $3 million annual tax revenue)
Papalote Wind Farm (Near Taft, Texas)
Magic Valley Wind Farm (Willacy County)
South Texas wind farms awaiting fate of energy tax credit