We are at a CRITICAL crossroads. The future of the main wind energy subsidies — primarily the Production Tax Credit (PTC), but also the 1603 Treasury Grant program — is likely to be resolved (for now) as part of a payroll tax deal.
The payroll tax cut was extended at the end of last year for 2 months, so a deal, if one is to be made, must be worked out by Wednesday, February 29.
[Feb. 15: The PTC was not included in the final deal. Lawmakers are now trying to insert it into an upcoming transportation bill, H.R.7. Amendments to that bill are currently being considered by the House Rules Committee and/or the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Republicans, Democrats). Feb. 27: In the Senate, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Jerry Moran of Kansas have submitted amendment 1709 to S.1813 on Feb. 17 to extend the PTC. It is being considered in the Committee on Environment and Public Works.]
The 1603 program expired at the end of last year, and the PTC will expire at the end of this year. They failed in the earlier deal, so some lawmakers, now pushed even harder by industry and investment interests, are trying to extend the PTC, and possibly the 1603 program, for another 4-10 years.
The bottom line is that if this can be stopped, the US wind “business” will likely dwindle and die.
Please call any or all of the legislators listed below, particularly those from your state or that you might have any connection with.
Please pass this on to like-minded citizens.
Thank you — YOUR phone call WILL make a difference!
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION — February 2012
|Member Name||DC Phone||DC FAX||Contact Form|
|Senator Max Baucus (MT)||202-224-2651||202-224-9412||baucus.senate.gov/?p=contact|
|Senator Jack Reed (RI)||202-224-4642||202-224-4680||reed.senate.gov/contact/|
|Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD)||202-224-4524||202-224-1651||cardin.senate.gov/contact/|
|Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)||202-224-6324||202-228-0604||casey.senate.gov/contact/|
|Senator Mike Crapo (ID)||202-224-6142||202-228-1375||crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm|
|Senator Jon Kyl (AZ)||202-224-4521||202-224-2207||kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm|
|Senator John Barrasso (WY)||202-224-6441||202-224-1724||barrasso.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm|
|Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA13)||202-225-6111||202-226-0611||schwartz.house.gov/issue_subscribe.shtml|
|Representative Sandy Levin (MI12)||202-225-4961||202-226-1033||levin.house.gov/contact-me/email-me|
|Representative Xavier Becerra (CA31)||202-225-6235||202-225-2202||forms.house.gov/becerra/webforms/issue_subscribe.html|
|Representative Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (MD08)||202-225-5341||202-225-0375||vanhollen.house.gov/Contact/|
|Representative Henry A. Waxman (CA30)||202-225-3976||202-225-4099||waxman.house.gov/Contact/|
|Representative Kevin Brady (TX08)||202-225-4901||202-225-5524||www.house.gov/brady/contact_page.html|
|Representative Nan A. S. Hayworth (NY19)||202-225-5441||202-225-3289||hayworthforms.house.gov/contact|
|Representative Tom Reed (NY29)||202-225-3161||202-226-6599||reed.house.gov/contact-me/email-me|
|Representative Dave Camp (MI04)||202-225-3561||202-225-9679||camp.house.gov/Contact/|
|Representative Renee L. Ellmers (NC02)||202-225-4531||202-225-5662||ellmersforms.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=58§iontree=358|
|Representative Tom Price (GA06)||202-225-4501||202-225-4656||tomprice.house.gov/contact-me|
|Representative Fred Upton (MI06)||202-225-3761||202-225-4986||upton.house.gov/Contact/|
|Representative Greg Walden (OR02)||202-225-6730||202-225-5774||waldenforms.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=117§iontree=7117|