The US wind industry's tragic stop-start history

Wind power now represents a significant proportion of new power capacity in the United States. But it has been an on-again/off-again proposition thanks to short-sighted policymaking, which is about to repeat itself next year with the expiration of the production tax credit.

The wind energy production tax credit (PTC), along with state-level policies, has boosted the growth of the US wind industry over the past decade, but the PTC is set to expire at year-end unless legislation extending its provisions is approved.


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