Denise Bode, the American Wind Energy Association’s top lobbyist, is leading the charge to extend the wind production tax credit, which expires Dec. 31.
The incentive has been credited with galvanizing the wind energy industry. But its future is in jeopardy because some fiscal conservatives believe the federal government needs to retain the tax revenues to help close the deficit.
Calls for a phase-out of the credit have been growing. The credit’s supporters say Congress should extend the incentive for one year and that the phase-out must be part of tax-code reform discussions expected to occur next year.
Now, Bode is left navigating the tension points between the political parties as the December deadline steadily approaches.