The U.S. government should provide tax incentives and rebate programs for farms and homes that install small wind turbines, according to a farming group.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-22 [SolarAccess.com] The U.S. government should provide tax incentives and rebate programs for farms and homes that install small wind turbines, according to a farming group. “Wind power development opens up opportunities to farmers to diversify their income and provide economic enhancement to rural towns and villages,” says Larry Mitchell, CEO of the American Corn Growers Association. “In light of continued low commodity prices, wind energy development holds one of the few optimistic signs in a depressing economic picture.” ACGA reiterated its strong support for funding of wind energy programs in comments submitted this week to the U.S. Department of Energy. The group says funding for wind energy should be at least $50 million a year, and expressed disappointment that the Bush administration proposes to reduce support for wind power from $39.5 million to $20.5 million. In addition to tax incentives and rebates for the installation of small wind turbines, three other measures that continue to spur development of the industry and ensure continued growth: – a minimum five-year extension of the Production tax Credit; – a Renewable Portfolio Standard that requires a certain percent of energy is generated by wind energy and other renewables; and – a System Benefit Charges to fund renewable energy development and expansion for distribution lines. “The American Corn Growers Association will continue to provide the leadership needed by the agricultural community to reap the rewards of future wind development,” explains Mitchell. “The ACGA will work with the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy within DOE to make sure that farmers and rural communities are the benefactor of wind power generation growth.” ACGA recently launched its ‘Wealth From the Wind’ program to recognize the economical and environmental benefits of wind power generation for small farms and the rural communities that depend on them and facilitates agricultural producer involvement.