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Last week, several governors from the Governors Wind Energy Coalition came together to show their support for renewing the wind energy production tax credits (Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit, Associated Press). I was disappointed to see that Ohio’s own Governor Kasich was absent from this press conference and from the coalition.
Ohio is a leader in wind power – in fact, in 2012 the Buckeye state’s wind capacity grew by 929 percent, of the highest rate of any state in the country. Now is the time to build on our progress and set a path forward, but these critical clean energy tax credits will expire at the end of this year unless Congress acts.
Clean energy is an important part of what’s powering Ohio, providing pollution-free energy that keeps our economy going and our air clean, while creating 5,000 to 6,000 new jobs in clean energy production and manufacturing right here in our state.
Governor Kasich should join Republican and Democratic governors from across the country in urging the extension of the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and the offshore wind investment tax credit (ITC) as soon as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for Ohioans.