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A decade of new wind energy investment will grow jobs and renewable energy

"A decade of new wind energy investment will grow jobs and renewable energyCongressman Kevin McCarthyThis past Friday, March 27, on a Tehachapi mountainside with the wind
blowing and windmills spinning, local wind energy leaders and I unveiled a
legislative solution I authored in Congress – the Wind Incentives for a New
Decade (WIND) Energy Act of 2009.Our country has the opportunity to move forward with solutions to increase
production of all American energy resources as part of an all-of-the-above
energy plan. The WIND Energy Act is a component of that strategy by
extending the production tax credit (PTC) over the next decade to create
new jobs and power America with clean energy by making wind energy projects
more affordable. Extending the production tax credit helps alleviate the
problem of it being allowed to expire three times since 1992, which led to
a boom-bust cycle in wind energy rather than a stable, long-term investment
environment at limitless green energy resources to grow.Our Congressional District is a model of an all-of-the-above energy
corridor, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and oil. And Tehachapi is a
leader in wind energy development. In fact, the Tehachapi Wind Resources
Area has attracted wind energy developers because the wind blows nearly all
the time through the mountains and valleys. In this area, over 3,500 wind
turbines have already been installed, which produce electricity to power
more than 250,000 homes and created more than 650 jobs (both directly and
indirectly) in the local communities. Kern County alone produces over 30
percent of the total wind-generated power in California, and accounts for
about 5 percent of the total wind power generated in the United States.
Even with all of this, there is still opportunity for significant expansion
of local wind power, which some estimates put as high as bringing 6,000
megawatts of wind-generated electricity online. This would power over one
million more homes. The WIND Energy Act would help ensure that the
Tehachapi Wind Resources Area, as well as the United States' vast potential
for wind energy can be developed in a reliable and timely manner, which not
only benefits our local communities, but California and the United States.The WIND Energy Act also helps create jobs. The wind energy industry
currently employs over 85,000 individuals nationwide and indirectly employs
tens of thousands more in industry-related support services. Providing long
term stability through the WIND Energy Act would help create sustainable,
good-paying jobs. In fact, a report published in 2007 by the U.S.
Department of Energy found that a five to ten-year extension of the PTC,
compared to one- or two-year extensions, could reduce the cost of wind
projects by up to 15%, resulting in American job creation in this clean
energy sector.We can clean our regional air basin using more clean, reliable, and
renewable energy. Wind-generated electricity produces no carbon dioxide or
greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, in 2007, the American Wind Energy
Association (AWEA) estimated that wind energy displaced more than 28
million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.The WIND Energy Act is a common-sense idea that we can work together as
Americans to help move our nation forward. Now is the time for Congress to
answer the call of millions of Americans and take decisive action so that
we can strengthen our future – a new decade for America that is powered by
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