Colorado wind jobs seen hinging on PTC extension
Colorado's effort to build a domestic wind power industry, which has led to the creation of 5,000 jobs in the state, is threatened by the impending expiration of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), according to the Denver Post.
The article quotes Tracee Bentley, associate director of the Colorado Energy Office: "The tax credit is critical. We have one of the most highly trained work forces in wind production, and we want to see those jobs stay in Colorado." It also notes that Vestas Wind Systems, which built four factories in Colorado, has reduced its work force, previously 1,700 employees, by nearly one-third.