‘Wind Champion’ Congressman Arrington Will Defend Wind on Capitol Hill

Congressman Jodey Arrington, a republican member of congress from Texas, recently received the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA’s)  “U.S. Wind Champion Award” at Southern Power’s Bethel Wind Farm. AWEA hasn’t given out the award in more than five years.

AWEA said that recipients of the U.S. Wind Champion Award are leaders who support adding more affordable and reliable renewable energy to the grid; and, oppose any effort to inhibit the reasonable growth of wind energy.

Arrington said he supports an “all of the above” energy strategy and will defend wind energy on Capitol Hill as members of congress debate tax cuts. On November 2, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax bill that would cut the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy from 2.3 cents per kWh to 1.5 cents per kWh.

Congressman Arrington said he believes that the wind industry’s self-imposed step-down for the PTC is good, and should stay in place. Take a look at the video below to hear what he has to say.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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