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Wind energy has small slice of energy pie but big lobbying push for tax credit

9:41 PM, Dec. 7, 2012
Harvesting the fields and the wind on farmland northeast of Fond du Lac.
Harvesting the fields and the wind on farmland northeast of Fond du Lac.
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Wind power makes up a small slice of the nation's energy pie, but its advocates have mounted a big lobbying campaign to persuade Congress to renew an expiring tax credit viewed as crucial for the industry's survival.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is playing a prominent role in this effort as he joins advocates who want Congress to extend the wind-energy production tax credit beyond its Dec. 31 expiration date.

Udall and Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who authored the first wind tax credit 20 years ago, want Congress to include it in a broader legislative package aimed at blocking sharp ...

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