Three weeks ago Congressman Peter Welch appeared before a House Ways and Means subcommittee to plead for continued tax subsidies to keep Big Wind alive. Without a 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour production tax credit, the industry will likely collapse -- even with several other very favorable tax provisions remaining in force.

At the hearing Congressman Welch said the credit was "the lifeblood in making it economical in deciding to do wind production," and "really essential for the industry to get on its feet." Indeed, he said, without the credit "it is most likely they will fail."

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