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Community ownership may provide the solution for increasing resistance to wind power in the United States. 


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Production Tax Credit (PTC)

America needs a secure and diverse supply of homegrown energy resources to power the nation. We also need to put more people back to work. Wind energy delivers in both of these areas. 

The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) is an effective tool to keep electricity rates low and encourage development of proven renewable energy projects. Equipped with the PTC, the wind industry has been able to lower the cost of wind power by more than 90%, provide power to the equivalent of 10 million American homes, and foster economic development in all 50 states. 

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The Community Wind Act

In October of 2011, Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bill that would extend existing investment tax credits to small wind farms with total capacities of up to 20 megawatts (MW). The Community Wind Act would allow wind projects of this size to become eligible for the Section 48 solar, small wind, and geothermal 30% business investment tax credit (ITC). Under Senator Franken’s proposal, these smaller, community wind projects would no longer be eligible for the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC), but would instead qualify for the Section 48 ITC that is in place through 2016.

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