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Published on August 31st, 2014 | by Adam Johnston


Wind Energy Economic Benefits Highlighted In AWEA Infographic

August 31st, 2014 by  

A new infographic from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) highlights US wind energy economic benefits ahead of Congress’ return.

Highlighted on its Into The Wind blog, the graph shows how important wind power is in terms of the economy and energy independence.

Wind Energy Economic Benefits

Image Credit: AWEA

This summer, AWEA has hammered home the point that wind energy will play a key role in meeting proposed EPA rules on carbon emissions to combat climate change. Of course, it is preparing for yet another battle to extend the Production Tax Credit ahead of US mid-terms this November. The tax credit has been key in moving wind energy policy forward despite almost constant uncertainty. Great uncertainty hampered US wind installations in 2013, with only 1.08 GW installed.

Considering that wind energy draws around $25 billion of private investment yearly, creates jobs, and provides a solid clean energy source in places that are vulnerable to drought, including Texas and California, Congress should consider expanding the Production Tax Credit before the year ends.

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is expected to complete the Professional Development Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto by December 2017. Adam recently completed his Social Media Certificate from Algonquin College Continuing & Online Learning. Adam also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications in 2011. Adam owns a part-time tax preparation business. He also recently started up Salay Consulting and Social Media services, a part-time business which provides cleantech writing, analysis, and social media services. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or check out his business www.salayconsultiing.com.

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