Ms. TSONGAS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today as a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to talk about a critical issue for Massachusetts and our Nation: the wind protection tax credit.
Providing a modest credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour generated, it has encouraged over $75 billion in private investment over the last 5 years. Now 60 percent of the average turbine is manufactured here in the United States. These companies hire a diversity of workers and provide good-paying jobs in a rapidly growing sector of our economy.
Bay Stater Nigel Greene worked for GE Wind as a wind farm parts runner. He says:
I can tell you honestly that nothing gave me more pride in my country than seeing a turbine go from ``in-repair'' status back to ``on-line'' and producing clean, renewable power. It is truly a sight to behold.
Last year alone, clean energy jobs in Massachusetts grew 11 percent. If it is allowed to expire, we will lose an important new manufacturing opportunity and too many good-paying American jobs.