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Ohio group pleas for wind energy credits extension
Environmental advocates are asking lawmakers to pass extension before 2014
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
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Time is running out on certain federal incentives for wind energy development.

But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, advocates say they need these credits to continue to grow the industry in Ohio.

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Environmental advocates are calling on Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to lead the charge and extend wind energy incentives by the end of the year.

Environment Ohio says wind energy cuts down on so much carbon pollution - it’s equivalent to taking more than 124,000 cars off the road. The group claims it also saves water and avoids smog causing pollutants.

This research is nothing new. Vivian Daly of Environment Ohio says the group simply compiled all the benefits in a plea to state and federal leaders.

“The reason that’s important is because at the end of this year the federal incentives for wind — the Investment Tax Credit and the Production Tax Credit—are set to expire,” Daly said. “So we need to show our federal leaders that we cannot go without wind energy in Ohio.”

Daly says there are issues in Ohio that also threaten the benefits of wind energy, including attempts to repeal the state’s renewable and efficient energy policies.

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