Advocates meet to discuss wind energy development

July 25, 2013 by  
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Advocates, leaders, and community members met Tuesday night at Great Falls College-MSU to look at ways to develop wind energy in Montana.

A portion of the discussion focused on the wind production tax credit. That incentive helps support developers build more wind farms. It is set to expire at the end of December and speakers said they hope it will be extended for at least another couple of years.

One energy expert said the credit helps level the playing field against other forms of energy. Jeff Fox, who works with Renewable Northwest Project, explained why wind energy is so valuable.

“It’s important because it’s a clean energy source that doesn’t add carbon emissions to our atmosphere and doesn’t pollute our airways,” Fox said. “It’s also important because it’s a really good energy source that we have an abundance and we should take advantage of it.”

Experts also looked at other programs and what else is needed to create new opportunities.

One place they say Montana is lacking in is the ability to export wind energy to other states.

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