Skip to comments.Wind Lobby v. James Valvo (Wind Energy Association argues that tax credits don't cost tax payers)
Posted on 09/17/2012 5:47:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A recent column in National Review Online by James Valvo (Disinherit the Wind, September 10), contains numerous errors with regard to the federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), the policy driver behind the rapid growth in U.S. wind energy and associated jobs and American manufacturing since 2005. Lets set the record straight:
The PTC is tax relief that only rewards results and doesnt cost taxpayers a dime. It pays for itself, through federal, state, and local taxes paid by the expanded industry, including wind-farm operators and their employees. As Republican strategist Karl Rove said recently, It is a market mechanism, you dont get paid unless you produce the power, and were not picking winners and losers, were simply saying for some period of time we will provide this incentive as we scale up and get improvements in technology. It creates the incentive for over $15 billion a year in private investment by a growing new American industry.
Most other energy incentives, like the depletion allowance for oil and gas, are permanent in the tax code. Some have been in place since the 1920s. As a matter of fact, U.S. government subsidies for oil, natural gas, and coal totaled over $500 billion from 1950 to 2006. Wind energys primary incentive, the PTC, has been allowed to expire multiple times, including in 1999, 2001, and 2003, causing a market drop of 73 to 93 percent; it has been continuously in effect since 2005 but only for one‐ or two‐year terms. In effect, incentives for new, clean energy technologies are temporary while those for older, polluting energy technologies tend to be permanent.
The PTC is still needed to bring the wind industry across the finish line to achieve full cost competitiveness with these other long-subsidized industries, and to offer consumers of electricity the full benefit of low-cost wind power that will never run out. The boom-bust cycle of tax-credit expiration and short-term extension keeps businesses in limbo, so they cant tell if they should make needed investments in new factories and hire more workers.
Allowing the PTC to expire will harm the economy by punishing job creators. According to Navigant Consulting, 37,000 Americans, or half of all those employed in the industry today, will lose their jobs by the first quarter of 2013 if Congress does not extend the PTC. Generating 20 percent of Americas electricity from wind by 2030, on the other hand a goal the industry is ahead of schedule to meet would support roughly 500,000 good jobs in the U.S., with an annual average of more than 150,000 workers directly employed by wind companies.
The U.S. wind industry has proven again and again its benefits for American consumers. As the Southern Company said last year in signing its first contract for wind energy, The price of energy from the wind facility is expected to be lower than the cost the company would incur to produce that energy from its own resource . . . with the resulting energy savings flowing directly to the Companys customers. Over 470 factories across the U.S. now make parts for wind turbines, towers, and blades, employing 30,000 people. Now nearly 70 percent of the content in a typical wind farm is made in the USA.
This is what a successful policy looks like when its working. The results speak for themselves: new manufacturing and construction jobs; property-tax revenue that helps rural schools and public-safety departments; income to farmers and ranchers that helps them stay on their land; diversification of our energy mix, which helps insulate consumers from spikes in fuel prices; reduced air and water pollution; and more. The case for keeping taxes low on this growing industry remains strong, and a bipartisan majority in Congress is about to get that job done.
Our liberal dem Firstselectwoman’s husband also insists that state grants to the town aren’t taxpayer monies....
The PTC is tax relief that only rewards results and doesnt cost taxpayers a dime. It pays for itself, through federal, state, and local taxes...
There is a lot of wind in this article.
In the mean time China is building coal fired plants and I guess they listened to Gov. Palin because over there it’s drill Drill.
They sell us solar panels by the millions and use the money for oil and N gas development,which we have lots of here but it’s bad, bad, no biscuit.
Does anyone study economics any more? You don’t need a college degree, just the ability to read and do critical thinking.
Can’t continue Oprah’s on now/s.
The wind turbines in Texas seldom produce 20% of their nameplate capacity on high demand days such as in August when all the air conditioners in Texas are running. The wind typically does not run on those hot days. Turbine output tends to be inversely propotional to demand. What a waste of money. Check out these daily reports from ERCOT: http://www.ercot.com/gridinfo/generation/windintegration/
“The PTC is tax relief that only rewards results and doesnt cost taxpayers a dime. It pays for itself, through federal, state, and local taxes paid by the expanded industry,”
So let us stop paying them. They can have their own little pool. “The expanded industry pool.”
I like that. Cut the gov out of being the middleman.
This is the largest Crock I have read in awhile. Dude who wrote this, it is not raining, stop peeing on my leg.