GE says tax changes fuel 1 gigawatt of new wind orders

Mon May 6, 2013 10:15am EDT

(Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N) said on Monday the renewal of the U.S. production tax credit has helped it sell wind turbines with 1 gigawatt of generating power since January.

The credit, a key lifeline for the nascent wind power industry, was caught up in fiscal cliff negotiations in the U.S. Congress at the end of last year, and for a time it was unclear whether it would be renewed. Congress renewed it shortly after the new year began.

The tax break provides an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity produced by utility-scale wind turbines, helping it compete with power generated from cheap fossil fuels like coal and natural gas.

One gigawatt of power is enough energy to power 139,000 homes.

The uncertainty of the credit's renewal had weighed heavily on GE's sales, and some customers had curtailed wind projects late last year and in early January.

Weak power demand is also harming wind turbine sales.

GE's competitors in the wind turbine sector include Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS.CO), Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE) and Gamesa Wind Corp.

(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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GE is a good example of the value of the Production Tax Credit along with the overall benefits of the wind industry to our economy as a whole.

As oil and gas and other energy sources have been supported by subsidies for some 100 years, so should wind. For example, the 100 year old Intangible Drilling Costs and Percentage Depletion are tax expenditures, plus the MLP provisional are identified by the Joint Committee on Taxation to cost almost three times as much as the wind PTC for 2013-2017 on pages 31 & 32 of this:

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