Last week, Congressional Candidate Sal Pace took matters in his own hands after months of inaction by Congress in renewing the energy production tax credit. Pace met with Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, and urged him to work on extending the production tax credit for wind energy. The Ways and Means Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the extension of the PTC.
Without renewal of the tax credit that expires at the end of this year, Vestas CEO has said wind the company will be forced to lay off most of their Colorado employees. VESTAS employs over 1,600 Coloradans, including over 500 people in Pueblo at the largest wind towers manufacturing facility in the world.
"Sal sat down and talked with me about the importance of the production tax credit to Colorado and the nation in creating jobs, investing in renewable energy and improving our economic future," Congressman Levin said. "I was impressed he took the leadership to meet with me to talk about an issue vital to his state. I walked away further understanding the importance of the tax credit and will continue to work toward renewing it."
Rep. Pace has repeatedly asked current Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) to take leadership to get this done, including calling on him to meet with House leadership or sponsor a bill to renew the credit.
"I figured if my opponent won't take action for the people of the Third Congressional District, I will," Pace said. "We are talking about jobs all over Colorado, and I am not about to play politics with these people's lives. Congressman Levin was gracious, listened to my concerns and said he would work toward getting the tax credit renewed. This is what I've asked my opponent to do for months, to take leadership and action for the people of third district of Colorado."