Topeka Capital-Journal: Extend the PTC

The Topeka Capital-Journal, one of Kansas's major newspapers, Saturday joined the New York Times, Denver Post, and other newspapers in calling for the federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC) to be extended beyond its scheduled expiration at the end of this year.

The Capital-Journal referred to the support of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who held a press conference last week to express his support for wind power in Kansas and highlight the importance of the credit.

Commented the editorial, “Wind energy, a relatively new industry in the state, has been good to Kansas. It has generated revenue for landowners, attracted a manufacturing plant and jobs to Hutchinson and become a source of green energy for utility companies, some of which have embraced the wind energy and the power it provides.”

Wind farms now under construction in the state will boost its installed wind capacity to nearly 2,400 megawatts (MW) (enough to power the equivalent of 700,000 average U.S. homes), the editorial added, concluding, “Clearly, the investment by Siemens [in the Hutchinson manufacturing plant] and the companies building those wind farms has been good for Kansas. Giving the industry time to mature sounds like a logical thing to do.”

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA): PTC is jobs engine conservatives should support, February 17, 2012
Bennet, Moran continue bipartisan push to extend PTC, February 16, 2012
Major U.S. consumer brands like Nike on extending the PTC: Just Do It!, February 15, 2012
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin urges conferees: Extend the PTC, February 15, 2012
Michigan worker's plea: Extend PTC, help wind power create U.S. jobs, February 13, 2012
Bipartisan letter from entire Iowa Congressional delegation urges: Extend the PTC
, February 10, 2012
Senate Energy Chairman Bingaman: Act now to save clean-energy jobs
, February 9, 2012
Bipartisan letter from Colorado Congressional delegation urges: Extend the PTC
, February 8, 2012
Republican governors push for PTC extension; Senators express support
, February 2, 2012
U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins broad range of groups endorsing PTC extension
, February 1, 2012
WindTV: Wind power drives commerce in small-town America
, January 24, 2012
Denver Post endorses PTC extension 'sooner rather than later'
, January 18, 2012
WSJ op-ed: 'Want Growth? Try Stable Tax Policy'
, January 5, 2012
Red State Energy, Red State Jobs
, November 29, 2011
Governors' letter urges prompt extension of wind tax incentive
, November 16, 2011

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