New England’s unlikely ally on wind energy? Red states

New England’s unlikely ally on wind energy? Red states

By, Julia Jacobs,
The Boston Globe
October 25th, 2017

Wind farming is concentrated in predominately red states: In 2016, nearly 90 percent of new wind capacity originated in states that went for Trump in the election, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley prizes the contributions wind has made in his state, where more than a third of electricity comes from wind power. Grassley, a longtime Republican heavyweight, spoke with Pruitt on Tuesday in a meeting on Capitol Hill. His message on the wind tax credit was simple: hands off. “He doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Grassley told reporters outside his office on Tuesday. “I told him I was the author of the wind energy tax credit, and he doesn’t have to worry about it after 2020 because it’s going to phase out.”

Read more here.