Washington D.C. [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Western Governors Association (WGA) has written to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to urge Congress to quickly pass a long-term extension of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), among other items. The PTC was the first priority in the WGA letter, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).The letter states: “As you may know, the Western Governors’ Association is currently working on a Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative to identify policy options that will lead to the development by 2015 of 30,000 MW of clean energy in the West. We are committed to this goal and fully believe that it can be accomplished through a combination of existing and new state and federal policies and initiatives such as the PTC. Extending the PTC for a longer term is particularly important to the West as we are currently working with the industry to plan for the appropriate siting of these facilities, as well as for needed transmission upgrades in the Western grid to accommodate these resources. A longer term extension of the credit would encourage the steady and rational investment in these facilities that is needed to maximize our use of the resource.” The letter also supports tax credits and other mechanisms to support clean coal development, incentives for conservation and energy efficiency, a credit for the purchase of qualified fuel cell power plants for businesses, and an extension of the credit for the purchase of new qualified fuel cell, hybrid, or other alternative fuel motor vehicles. The letter was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.), Governor Bill Richardson (D-N.M.), Governor John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Governor Dave Freudenthal (D-Wyo.). Information courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).