production tax credit (PTC)

U.S. Wind Capacity Tops 70 Gigawatts

December 29, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Wind Energy Expansion

More than 70 gigawatts of wind power is installed around the U.S., according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association. The milestone was hit in November. It took three years to get from 60 gigawatts to 70 gigawatts due to the temporary expiration of the Production Tax Credit in 2013.[read more]

Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent

February 4, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent extension of tax credits for the solar and wind industry. The current policy, which includes an expiration of tax credits in 2017, is encouraging a boom in solar installations this year and next.[read more]

New Poll Finds 73 Percent of Voters Support Crucial Tax Policy for Wind Energy

November 28, 2014 by Shauna Theel

Wind Energy and Tax Policy

A new poll found that wide majorities of different political affiliations, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, which is perhaps the key federal policy support mechanism for wind energy.[read more]

Carbon Emissions Solution? Proposal for a Production Tax Credit for CO2-EOR

July 14, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Emissions and Tax Credits


NEORI, the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative is organized and staffed by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the Great Plains Institute. NEORI has authored a series of innovative policy proposals to promote the use of carbon capture and sequestration.[read more]

An Expensive Subsidy, Twisting in the Wind

May 20, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The 2014 "tax extenders" bill, S.2260, failed to pass a cloture vote in the US Senate recently. That has spoiled for now the chances of reviving the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and other (non-solar) renewables that expired at the end of last year.[read more]

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

April 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).[read more]

Is the Wind Energy Tax Credit About to Expire for Good?

December 19, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

With the end of the year fast approaching, the US wind industry faces another scheduled expiration of federal tax credits for new wind turbines. The wind Production Tax Credit was due to expire at the end of 2012 but was extended for an additional year as part of last December’s “fiscal cliff” deal.[read more]


Let's Really Talk About Costs: A Letter to PTC Naysayers

December 19, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Production Tax Credit and Costs

With the clock ticking on the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, antagonists have been pointing to the cost of the credit and calling for its end. They highlight the fact that extending the PTC for one more year would cost the United States $6.1 billion over ten years.[read more]


Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

December 18, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Wind energy and the PTC / shutterstock

Twenty-five Democratic Senators and six of their House colleagues issued a pair of letters Monday pressing Congress to renew the clean energy tax incentives before they expire at the end of the year. The letter called out the PTC alongside nine other clean energy tax credits set to expire at year’s end.[read more]

Which States Win And Which States Lose On The Production Tax Credit?

December 14, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

State Tax Credits

It may seem ironic, considering Republican-led opposition to the incentive, but Texas, Iowa, North Dakota, and Oklahoma earned hundreds of millions more in revenue from the Production Tax Credit in 2012 than they paid into it through taxes.[read more]

Wind Energy and the Myth of Widespread Negative Pricing

May 21, 2013 by Herman Trabish

wind energy and the grid

Wind only sets the market price if it is the most expensive resource on the system, and that almost never happens because wind has a zero fuel cost. If wind is setting the price, everything else in the area has been turned off.[read more]

Warren Buffett Pumps $1.9 Billion Into Iowa Wind Energy

May 15, 2013 by Tina Casey

wind energy in Iowa

When Warren Buffet's MidAmerican Energy announced the new investment, it gave full credit to the extension of the production tax credit for enabling it to expand its wind generating capacity.[read more]

The PTC and the Future of the Wind Energy Industry

January 28, 2013 by Bill Squadron

After seeing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extended through 2013 in the recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, the wind industry is now looking ahead to the tax reform debate. According to E&E Publishing several industry lobbyists are preparing for a renewed push for a longer-term extension of the PTC that would phase out over time.[read more]

Assessing the Wind Production Tax Credit

January 8, 2013 by Clifton Yin

As part of the recent fiscal cliff deal, Congress authorized a one-year extension for the wind production tax credit (PTC) – welcome news for the industry that was largely overshadowed by the other terms of the bargain. But as The Washington Post writer Brad Plumer points out, “even with the tax credit renewal, the wind industry is still...[read more]

A Late Christmas Gift for Renewable Energy

January 7, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Fiscal Cliff via Shutterstock

The US Senate's "fiscal cliff" package wasn't exactly eight maids a-milking--the traditional gift for the eighth day of Christmas--though it did apparently resolve the impending "milk cliff".  Of greater relevance, the "tax extender" portion of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by both the Senate...[read more]