Lawmakers should support wind jobs
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Wind farms across the nation generate the equivalent of 12 Hoover Dams' worth of energy.
Wind energy employs 4,000 Pennsylvanians on farms and in manufacturing facilities. Wind energy is working for Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania already has 17 wind farms in operation, including the 67-turbine Armenia Mountain Farm in Bradford and Tioga counties.
Innovative American companies, like Radnor-based Community Energy, and workers in manufacturing, engineering, construction, administration and many other fields are working hard to grow this industry and ensure that even more communities can reap the benefits of clean, renewable wind power.
New developments at the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County are transforming the local community. The 9,000-acre, 88-turbine farm brings Pennsylvania closer to taking full advantage of its 4,000-megawatt generating capacity, enough to power more than a million homes.
We need Pennsylvania's representatives in Congress to support America's growing wind industry. They should start by immediately passing an extension of the production tax credit. Doing so will ensure that even more communities in Pennsylvania can benefit from clean energy solutions that help our economy, create jobs and reduce pollution.
JOSEPH OTIS MINOTT
Clean Air Council
First Published September 14, 2012 12:00 am