The American Wind Energy Association announced earlier this week that American wind power has supported a record 88,000 jobs at the beginning of this year. This is an increase of 20 percent in one year. Late in 2015, a long-term, five-year extension and phase-out of the wind production tax credit was secured, giving the industry certainty for investment and job creation. The wind energy industry, unlike oil and gas, does not have a permanent tax benefit and is the only industry proposing a phase out of their tax benefits. Iowa is the first state in the nation to generate more than 30 percent of its power from wind energy. In addition to direct jobs, wind energy is a selling point for tech companies that located to Iowa. Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and many other states are showing gains in taking advantage of the clean energy opportunity.
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