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Topic - American Wind Energy Association
Formed in 1974, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, service providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry. - Source: Wikipedia
Federal support for wind power will last for at least one more year under a little-noticed portion of the "fiscal cliff" deal reached earlier this week.
The American Wind Energy Association wants its production tax credit (PTC) for wind electricity extended yet again. Congress should say no -- and terminate the PTC now.
With a year-end deadline looming, critics of federal subsidies for wind power are stepping up their arguments that taxpayer support for the industry is economically unsustainable while making it difficult for other, more viable energy sources to compete.
A growing national coalition opposed to perpetuating indus- trial wind giveaways and mythical wind-power benefits has inspired thousands of Americans to call their senators and representatives - and de- feat four different subsidy bills.
A top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday that long-standing federal subsidies on the wind farm industry should be allowed to expire at the end of the year, calling wind energy unreliable, too expensive and damaging to the environment.
U.S. wind power faces an uncertain future as lawmakers grapple over whether to extend a key tax credit that has for years helped the business compete financially with fossil fuels.
The ethanol, wind and solar industries are running scared from a House proposal to reduce federal subsidies for renewable energy by 25 percent for fiscal 2012. A surefire sign of the trouble with big government is that you run out of other people's money.
The wind-power industry celebrated Global Wind Day on Wednesday, an occasion promoted by the wind-lobby group American Wind Energy Association to tout the benefits of wind power. The same group is also pushing to create a "WindMade" certification to identify products made using this energy source.