However, long term stable policies at the national level are also necessary to provide the certainty necessary for project financing and U.S. manufacturing growth.

How has AWEA evolved?

Formed in 1974 and based in Washington D.C., we promote wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers in the U.S. and around the world. Through Congressional outreach and education, AWEA supports policies aimed at generating investment in the U.S. economy, improving U.S. energy security, and slowing climate change, including extension of the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, establishment of a national renewable electricity standard (RES), support for efforts to strengthen and expand the U.S. electric transmission system, and more.

What would you like to see happen with renewable energy in the next five years?

We’d like to see a 25 percent renewable electricity by 2025 standard, with a near-term target such as the 10 percent by 2012, which is the objective called for in the Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan. We’d also like a long-term extension on the Renewable Energy Production Tax credit to ensure policy stability. Also, legislation to develop a high-voltage interstate transmission highway system for renewable energy.