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Green America Urges House and Senate Leaders to Extend Clean Energy Programs

Extension of Section 1603 and PTC programs will create thousands of jobs and keep the US competitive in the growing clean energy sector.

December 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC -- With vital government programs that support clean energy about to expire, Green America today called on Congressional leaders to extend two critical clean energy programs. Representing 150,000 individual and over 4,000 business members across the United States, Green America called for extensions for the Section 1603 Treasury Program for up to five years and the production tax credit (PTC) for four years.

“Both of these programs are essential to ensuring energy security and job creation for the United States,” stated Green America’s corporate responsibility director, Todd Larsen. “The Section 1603 program is a highly successful program that helped to nearly double solar power capacity in 2010. A five-year extension of the Section 1603 Program would help create over 100,000 new jobs in the solar industry alone and create nearly 7,500 megawatts of new power. The program would continue to act as an essential driver of private investment into clean energy.”

“The production tax credit contributes greatly to our nation’s growing wind capacity and has helped to create over 400 wind manufacturing facilities in the US,” added Green America’s director of strategic outreach, Fran Teplitz. “In order to continue this momentum and ensure US leadership in this crucial industry and job creation, we need to extend the PTC for four years by include the American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act into any tax extension.”

About Green America: Green America (www.GreenAmerica.org) is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems.

Contact: Todd Larsen, Green America, 202-872-5310, toddlarsen@greenamerica.org. Fran Teplitz, Green America, 202-872-5326 , fteplitz@greenamerica.org.

 

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