ACMA believes continued technological innovation around manufacturing and quality are the most important contributions the composites industry can make and it can be better accomplished with government support like the renewal of the PTC. “Historically, the PTC has made a major impact on wind energy installations,” says Busel. “And it will continue to impact the wind market. Additionally, the wind industry needs to address the technical issue of installing larger turbines to continue success in this market. With wind blades continuously getting larger and larger, there is a growing need to automate as much as possible.” Renewing the PTC to extend beyond 2012 would support the renewable wind market and afford R&D opportunities for the composite wind industry.