PTC Petition (coming soon!)
Inaction by Congress is hurting Virginia’s clean energy economy. Members of both the House and Senate continue to delay renewal of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy — an important financing provision that would enable the industry to grow. Without continued support from Congress, wind energy jobs in Virginia and across the nation will be lost.
In Virginia, we are already seeing the wind industry pulling out of projects due to the uncertainty over the PTC and a lack of commitment for renewable energy. The American wind company Invenergy just announced a delay in its wind farm project near Roanoke until at least 2015. And Gamesa, a large Spanish wind turbine developer, recently canceled plans to install a test wind turbine — conceivably the Atlantic’s first — in waters off Virginia’s Eastern Shore and is opting to do that testing in Spain instead.
Developing our offshore wind resources could create as many as 10,000 jobs here in Virginia, and produce enough clean energy to power over 500,000 Virginia homes. With our deep-water port in Hampton Roads, world-renowned ship building talent and a skilled work force, Virginia could be the Atlantic coast hub for this exciting new industry. But Congress must afford renewable energy a level playing field against dirty energy and signal the U.S.’s commitment to our clean energy future by extending the PTC.
To find your senators’ and representative’s phone numbers, you may use this searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators’ and/or representative’s office.
“Can’t afford to wait for wind power“, Washington Post, June 8, 2012
Invenergy’s Roanoke Co. plan delayed until 2015, 5/2012, Roanoke Times
Plans for Chesapeake Bay wind turbine suspended, 5/2012, Virginia Pilot
Final Report produced by the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium, 6/2012, Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium