Is PECO Wind a sham?

email from Penn Environment, 11/20/12

While the PECO wind website talks about giving customers “an opportunity to support renewable wind energy,” their lobbyists in Congress are pushing to kill legislation that will promote wind energy in Pennsylvania and nationwide. [1] [2]

And sadly, PECO isn’t alone in trying to submarine America’s wind energy programs — other powerful energy companies like PPL, First Energy and GenOn have all joined them in trying to kill wind energy and continue our reliance on dirty coal.

The program is the Wind Power Tax Credit, and it is critical to expand America’s wind power industry. Unfortunately due to the political gridlock in Washington D.C., this program is set to expire in just over a month. It’s that simple.

Tell your Senators and member of Congress to renew the Wind Power Tax Credits today and stand up to PECO and other dirty energy companies.

If you’re like many residents in the Delaware Valley, you enrolled in PECO Wind because you don’t want to rely on dirty coal-fired power plants and their air pollution. Or, you’re worried about global warming fueling future super storms like Sandy. Or maybe, you just believe that wind power is the future and want to be part of building a clean energy economy.

Unfortunately, PECO is trying to exploit America’s support for wind power — while trying to get rid of wind power at the same time.

Tell your Senators and member of Congress: Start supporting wind power before it’s too late.

Sincerely,

David Masur
PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Director

PS. If PECO and other big utility companies kill the wind energy tax credit, it means we could lose more than 37,000 jobs at a time when we should be working to save jobs, not kill them. Tell your elected officials, to renew the wind energy tax credit before the year is over.

[1] PECO Wind Website, November 2012
[2] “Utility Giant Lobbies Against Wind-Power Tax Credit”, National Review, August 1, 2012
[3] “28 governors call on Congress to renew wind energy tax credit due to expire at years end”, Washington Post, November 14, 2012

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