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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 10, 2012


To:                            Governors’ Representatives

From:                        Larry Pearce

Subject:                     Important: Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Follow Up



Late last year, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition wrote to Members of Congress urging a multi-year version of the wind production tax credit (PTC).  Congress, however, did not take up any tax credit extensions in the two-month extension of the payroll tax provisions at that time.  Congress will again take up the payroll tax extension and has a new deadline for passing tax legislation of February 29.         

Since the Coalition’s PTC letter, many governors have contacted their Congressional delegations urging support for an extension of the PTC.  Recently, Governor Branstad and Governor Brownback renewed that message in a joint letter to members of the Conference Committee, asking that the PTC be included in the payroll tax extension.  And all members of the Colorado congressional delegation wrote to Chairmen Baucus and Camp this week with the same message.  The PTC legislation has also received support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau Federation, Edison Electric Institute, Western Governors’ Association, United Steelworkers, members of the environmental community, to name a few of the organizations that demonstrate a broad range of bi-partisan support for the PTC.

Follow Up

It’s important that individual governors continue to contact members of their congressional delegation and members of the conference committee and let them know that they support an extension of the PTC in the payroll tax bill.  Here’re a couple talking points:

  • Layoffs are starting. Major wind turbine manufacturers have already announced layoffs.
  • There are two legislative opportunities to pass the PTC.  Now and lame duck session after the general election in November.  However, the lame duck session is too late because of the long lead-time it takes to build wind turbines and projects.  In order to keep manufacturing and supply chains in the United States, the market can’t be dormant while it waits on Congress to act.
  • Many in Congress want to keep the payroll tax bill narrow. There have been strong indications that time-sensitive job-creating tax extenders such as the PTC could get in the bil

With your governor’s approval, it can also be very effective if you contact your congressional delegation staff and conference committee staff directly and let them know that your governor supports an extension of the PTC.  A list of the conferees follows:

House Democratic Conferee Members:             Senate Republican Conferee Members:

Sander Levin, MI                                                                 Jon Kyl, AZ

Xavier Becerra, CA M                                                          Mike Crapo, ID

Chris Van Hollen, MD                                                       John Barrasso, WY

Alyson Schwartz, PA

Henry Waxman, CA


House Republican Conferee Members:             Senate Democratic Conferee Members: 

Kevin Brady, TX                                                                   Max Baucus, MT

Nan Hayworth, NY                                                             Bob Casey, PA

Dave Camp, MI                                                                   Jack Reed, RI

Tom Reed, NY                                                                     Ben Cardin, MD

Renee Ellmers, NC

Price, GA

Fred Upton, MI

Greg Walden, OR


Time is running out. If Congress does not act in the next few weeks, we will almost certainly have to wait until the end of the year for another legislative opportunity.

I know how busy you are and I appreciate the time you spend on this important issue.  Please contact me if you need any additional information.  We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the legislation.


GWC PTC Letter (Final2 11-15-11)

Brownback Branstad PTC

Text of CO PTC Letter

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.