Does The     PTCMake Sense?  (Executive Version) Alliance For Wise Energy Decisions               8/21/12
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Does The Production Tax Credit (PTC) Make Sense?This “Executive Version” is a VERY abbreviated edition of the more detaile...
— Outline of this Presentation —1   -   Rationale for the PTC by its Advocates2   -   Are Job Claims Accurate?3   -   The ...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?            Part 1:Benefits Claimed by Lobbyists
The Claimed Benefits for wind energy subsidies  have radically evolvedover the last twenty years.
20 Specious Claims: How the supposed     Benefits of    Wind Energy have continued to evolve, as they are proven to be false.
The Wind Lobbyists’ Current Major Excuse       for the PTC to be extended          are purported JOBs.
How do lobbyists    take advantage  of good legislators?1 - By telling them what they    want to hear, and2 - by counting ...
They alsoknow that  there isno penaltyfor makingunscientific  claims.
In short, our position is that — 1) we do have environmental and energy issues, and 2) these matters should be solved scie...
Part 1:Benefits Claimed by Lobbyists?             — THE TAKEAWAY —      Since there are no scientifically proven         n...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?           Part 2:  Are Job Claims Accurate?
Independent Studies    Have Concluded:Wind Job Claims are Exaggerated
Fact:  Almost all US Wind Job Claims  come from One Source: AWEA   (Wind Industry Lobbyists —whose job is to hype their in...
A Sample Independent Study
Do Real World Facts Correlate with AWEA Claims?
Part 2:Are Job Claims Accurate?          — THE TAKEAWAY — Job claims from wind industry lobbyists         have very little...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?            Part 3:         Cost Per Job?
Every Independent Study    Has Concluded    the Same Thing:The Cost Per Job is OUTRAGEOUS!
The Congressional Figures      $12.2 Billion / 37,000 jobs       = $330,000 per wind job
A Sample Independent Study                  $1,600,000                  per wind job
A Sample Independent Study                 $34,000,000                  per wind job
Part 3:        Cost Per Wind Job?             — THE TAKEAWAY —          No matter how it is calculated,the cost per wind j...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?           Part 4:    What are the Net Jobs?
Almost All  Independent Studies    Have Concluded    the Same Thing:Wind Energy is a NET Jobs Loser
Indisputable Jobs Fact            No Jobs claim has any merit  unless it accurately considers the NET impact.In their clai...
Independent Wind Jobs Study
Offshore Jobs Conclusions of Independent Experts:                                     Conclusion:                         ...
(Other Offshore wind studies are cited in the Professional Version.)     OK, Offshore Wind Clearly Results             in ...
(The details are explained in the Professional Version.)              SAME THING!When the big picture is objectively exami...
(Several other Independent wind job studies are cited in the Professional Version.)
Jobs Conclusions of this Independent Expert:
Part 4:                  Net Jobs            — THE TAKEAWAY —              In the typical case,wind development & subsidy ...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?           Part 5:    Even More About Jobs
The fact is  That there is a lot more     to the job claims,than is immediately obvious.(Several other perspectives about ...
Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs
Another Perspective on Claimed Wind JobsThere is nothing — no program, no hobby, no vice, no crime —    that does not crea...
Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs                           A top government                             official m...
Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs  If Congress is determined to spend the $12.2 Billion     that just a one year PT...
Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs                      Less Expensive Energy                         is a Proven Wa...
Part 5:    Even More About Jobs            — THE TAKEAWAY —  The jobs argument is a public relations ploy         to distr...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?           Part 6:    Net Economic Impact?
Almost All     Independent Studies       Have Concluded       the Same Thing:Wind Energy is a NET Economics Loser
Sample Wind Economics Study
Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts:                                       $1,080,000,000Conclusion: over $1...
Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts:Conclusion: More $ Hundreds of Millions lost!
Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts:                                         In one county,                 ...
(Other Offshore wind studies are cited in the Professional Version.)       OK, Offshore Wind Also Results          in Net ...
(The details are explained in the Professional Version.)              SAME THING!When the big picture is objectively exami...
And There’s More.      The Professional Version   has 8 extra slides that identify Some ADDITIONAL Economic Costs.Almost n...
In ADDITION to generous Federal subsidies (like the PTC),   many states offer financial incentives for wind power, like:   ...
E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-Gabout Wind Energy economics       is problematic!
Part 6:            Net Economics            — THE TAKEAWAY —              In the typical case,wind development is a NET EC...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?            Part 7:What Do Utility Companies Say?
Utility Companies areregulated by the government. As such they avoid saying anything  that is not “politically correct”.  ...
A major utility executive’svery disturbing assessment When National Grid’s CEO was challenged  about integrating wind ener...
One of a series of ads from Idaho Power“In the simplest of terms,  special interest groups and wind developers are  asking...
More real world evidence   from utility experts,  about the real cost of wind energy. They say:onshore = 2-3 times moreoff...
Regarding wind subsidies,the CEO of Ohio’s North Central Electric Cooperative says:
This is the most advanced Utility Company report          on wind energy, ever published.
Regarding jobs and economics, this study says:
Part 7:What Do Utility Companies Say?               — THE TAKEAWAY —        When utility companies have the courage    to ...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?          Part 8:Some Other Supporter Claims
Even though JOBS is theirmain argument for the PTC,    some other assertions    are periodically made...
Another justification put forward for the PTC:         “The PTC is not Another Solyndra.”Objective perspective:           ...
Another justification put forward for the PTC:        “Some manufacturing jobs will be lost.”Objective perspective:       ...
Another justification put forward for the PTC:     “Some landowners are making big profits.”Objective perspective:         ...
Other justifications put forward for the PTC:   “The Wind industry needs to have certainty.”        “The PTC needs to be p...
Part 8:Some Other Supporter Claims            — THE TAKEAWAY —      When looking at the BIG PICTURE these claims do NOT ju...
DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE?        CONCLUSIONS
Attention Republicans:          A PTC for 2013+ is a new TAX*         as such it violates the ATR Pledge* “Specialists ter...
Attention Democrats:    A PTC for 2013+ is a TAX BREAK,       that will primarily be used       by High-Income Taxpayers. ...
Is an “All of the Above” Energy Policy wise?       Only if it makes sense to include:                    unreliable,      ...
— Conclusions —Wind Energy is a net jobs loser and a net economics loser,        that has no scientific proof that it has ...
The wind PTC makes as much sense   as the government  subsidizing ranchers    to have cows runin the Kentucky Derby.
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    1. 1. Does The PTCMake Sense? (Executive Version) Alliance For Wise Energy Decisions 8/21/12
    2. 2. Make SURE to View This Presentation in the FULL SCREEN Mode! Click the “FULL” icon in the lower right hand corner.
    3. 3. Do NOT click on the Triangle below to run this presentation! Instead,use your keyboard arrow keys to navigate. This will allow you to proceed at your own pace.
    4. 4. Does The Production Tax Credit (PTC) Make Sense?This “Executive Version” is a VERY abbreviated edition of the more detailed “Professional Version” — which is intended forCongressional Staffers and citizens with energy knowledge. References and credits are on the last three slides of the Professional Version.The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) has now been in existence for some twenty (20) years.The Energy Policy Act of 1992 originally enacted the Production Tax Credit and the first lapse came in June 1999. The PTC was extended inDecember 1999 until December 31, 2001. Once again the PTC expired in December 2001 and was not enacted again until March 2002 whereit was then extended for another two years. At the end of 2003 the PTC expired for a third time until a one year extension was granted inOctober 2004. The PTC was extended through 2005 and also expanded the different types of renewable energies that would be includedunder the bill. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R. 6) modified the credit and extended it through the end of 2007. In December 2006, thePTC was extended for another year by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (H.R. 6111). The PTC was extended yet again by theAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1). The Wind PTC was extended an additional two years, expiring the end of 2012.Every time the plea is that just a few more years will be necessary to get wind energy on its feet…Our underlying message is that our energy decisions should be made on the basis of sound SCIENCE — not on what lobbyists say.Hopefully you have already been to the “WindPowerFacts.Info” website, which has a collection of good reports on wind energy.The future of this issue lies in whether or not citizens are properly educated about basic energy matters. After getting more up-to-speed,they need to do some Critical Thinking about this matter.After citizens get more informed — and do some Critical Thinking — they will be in a much better position to express their more informedwishes to their federal representatives.Anyone trying to educate their local citizenry and representatives, is welcome to use the material found here. In you have any questionsafter you go through this, we will be glad to respond to any emails you send to the PTCFacts.Info website.If you like what you see, please pass it on to other open-minded people, plus your federal representatives. — ENJOY! Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
    5. 5. — Outline of this Presentation —1 - Rationale for the PTC by its Advocates2 - Are Job Claims Accurate?3 - The Cost Per Job?4 - The NET Jobs picture.5 - Even More About Jobs.6 - The NET Economics picture?7 - What do Utility Companies Say?8 - Some Other Supporter Claims. — CONCLUSIONS —
    6. 6. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 1:Benefits Claimed by Lobbyists
    7. 7. The Claimed Benefits for wind energy subsidies have radically evolvedover the last twenty years.
    8. 8. 20 Specious Claims: How the supposed Benefits of Wind Energy have continued to evolve, as they are proven to be false.
    9. 9. The Wind Lobbyists’ Current Major Excuse for the PTC to be extended are purported JOBs.
    10. 10. How do lobbyists take advantage of good legislators?1 - By telling them what they want to hear, and2 - by counting on the fact that few will take the time to really check things out!
    11. 11. They alsoknow that there isno penaltyfor makingunscientific claims.
    12. 12. In short, our position is that — 1) we do have environmental and energy issues, and 2) these matters should be solved scientifically. The Soundbite:Wind Energy = High Cost, Low Benefits
    13. 13. Part 1:Benefits Claimed by Lobbyists? — THE TAKEAWAY — Since there are no scientifically proven net Technical, or net Economic,or net Environmental benefits for wind energy —the lobbyists are hanging their hat on JOB claims.
    14. 14. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 2: Are Job Claims Accurate?
    15. 15. Independent Studies Have Concluded:Wind Job Claims are Exaggerated
    16. 16. Fact: Almost all US Wind Job Claims come from One Source: AWEA (Wind Industry Lobbyists —whose job is to hype their industry). AWEA: the PTC is needed to “...save 37,000 jobs...”
    17. 17. A Sample Independent Study
    18. 18. Do Real World Facts Correlate with AWEA Claims?
    19. 19. Part 2:Are Job Claims Accurate? — THE TAKEAWAY — Job claims from wind industry lobbyists have very little credibility.Independent assessments have concluded that they are wildly exaggerated.
    20. 20. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 3: Cost Per Job?
    21. 21. Every Independent Study Has Concluded the Same Thing:The Cost Per Job is OUTRAGEOUS!
    22. 22. The Congressional Figures $12.2 Billion / 37,000 jobs = $330,000 per wind job
    23. 23. A Sample Independent Study $1,600,000 per wind job
    24. 24. A Sample Independent Study $34,000,000 per wind job
    25. 25. Part 3: Cost Per Wind Job? — THE TAKEAWAY — No matter how it is calculated,the cost per wind job is extraordinarily excessive.
    26. 26. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 4: What are the Net Jobs?
    27. 27. Almost All Independent Studies Have Concluded the Same Thing:Wind Energy is a NET Jobs Loser
    28. 28. Indisputable Jobs Fact No Jobs claim has any merit unless it accurately considers the NET impact.In their claims, there is zero evidence that AWEA has burdened themselves with this obligation.
    29. 29. Independent Wind Jobs Study
    30. 30. Offshore Jobs Conclusions of Independent Experts: Conclusion: Net is 30,000 ± jobs years LOST (again due to a single offshore wind project).
    31. 31. (Other Offshore wind studies are cited in the Professional Version.) OK, Offshore Wind Clearly Results in Net Job Losses. What about Onshore Wind?
    32. 32. (The details are explained in the Professional Version.) SAME THING!When the big picture is objectively examined, a typical Onshore Wind Project will be an annual NET JOBS LOSER!
    33. 33. (Several other Independent wind job studies are cited in the Professional Version.)
    34. 34. Jobs Conclusions of this Independent Expert:
    35. 35. Part 4: Net Jobs — THE TAKEAWAY — In the typical case,wind development & subsidy is a NET JOBS LOSER. Remember: “NET” is a critical job indicator.
    36. 36. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 5: Even More About Jobs
    37. 37. The fact is That there is a lot more to the job claims,than is immediately obvious.(Several other perspectives about wind job are cited in the Professional Version.)
    38. 38. Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs
    39. 39. Another Perspective on Claimed Wind JobsThere is nothing — no program, no hobby, no vice, no crime — that does not create jobs. For example, tsunamis, computer viruses and robbing convenience store clerks all create jobs. So since that claim applies to all it is an argument in favor of none! Instead of providing evidence of the merits of an enterprise, a jobs claim is a de facto admission that one has a specious case. — energy attorney Chris Horner
    40. 40. Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs A top government official makes a very blunt statement. Tax credits don’t create wind jobs.
    41. 41. Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs If Congress is determined to spend the $12.2 Billion that just a one year PTC extension would cost, an important question is:What would be the job (and other) benefits of spending that same amount on another energy source? According to the Congressional Budget Office if the same $12.2 Billion were given to the gas industry, over 9 times as many jobs would be created.
    42. 42. Another Perspective on Claimed Wind Jobs Less Expensive Energy is a Proven Way to create net jobs. Subsidizing expensive energy is a counterproductive strategy
    43. 43. Part 5: Even More About Jobs — THE TAKEAWAY — The jobs argument is a public relations ploy to distract us from the realitythat wind energy is a very poor energy option.
    44. 44. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 6: Net Economic Impact?
    45. 45. Almost All Independent Studies Have Concluded the Same Thing:Wind Energy is a NET Economics Loser
    46. 46. Sample Wind Economics Study
    47. 47. Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts: $1,080,000,000Conclusion: over $1 Billion lost in one year alone!
    48. 48. Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts:Conclusion: More $ Hundreds of Millions lost!
    49. 49. Economic Conclusions of these Independent Experts: In one county, property owners will LOSE $640,000,000± in real estate value!
    50. 50. (Other Offshore wind studies are cited in the Professional Version.) OK, Offshore Wind Also Results in Net Economic Losses. What about Onshore Wind?
    51. 51. (The details are explained in the Professional Version.) SAME THING!When the big picture is objectively examined, a typical Onshore Wind Projectwill be an annual NET ECONOMICS LOSER!
    52. 52. And There’s More. The Professional Version has 8 extra slides that identify Some ADDITIONAL Economic Costs.Almost none of these are normally included when the cost of wind energy is being presented.
    53. 53. In ADDITION to generous Federal subsidies (like the PTC), many states offer financial incentives for wind power, like: 1. Personal Tax Incentives 2. Corporate Tax Incentives 3. Sales Tax Incentives 4. Property Tax Incentives 5. Rebates 6. Grants 7. Loans 8. Industry Support 9. Bonds, and 10. Production Incentives.On top of these financial incentives, state and local governments have established rules,regulations and policies (like RPS), with the purpose of encouraging or mandating the development and increased sale and consumption of energy from renewable sources. Yet all this still isn’t enough???
    54. 54. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-Gabout Wind Energy economics is problematic!
    55. 55. Part 6: Net Economics — THE TAKEAWAY — In the typical case,wind development is a NET ECONOMICS LOSER.Remember: “NET” is a critical economics indicator.
    56. 56. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 7:What Do Utility Companies Say?
    57. 57. Utility Companies areregulated by the government. As such they avoid saying anything that is not “politically correct”. Despite this constraint the TRUTH has a way of coming out.
    58. 58. A major utility executive’svery disturbing assessment When National Grid’s CEO was challenged about integrating wind energy, he said: “Families would have to get used to only using power when it was available, rather than constantly.”
    59. 59. One of a series of ads from Idaho Power“In the simplest of terms, special interest groups and wind developers are asking you to pay morefor a less reliable product. And that just isn’t right.”
    60. 60. More real world evidence from utility experts, about the real cost of wind energy. They say:onshore = 2-3 times moreoffshore = 4-5 times moreNote: this does NOT include the extra cost of the PTC!
    61. 61. Regarding wind subsidies,the CEO of Ohio’s North Central Electric Cooperative says:
    62. 62. This is the most advanced Utility Company report on wind energy, ever published.
    63. 63. Regarding jobs and economics, this study says:
    64. 64. Part 7:What Do Utility Companies Say? — THE TAKEAWAY — When utility companies have the courage to speak honestly about industrial wind energy, they are against it. (There are several other Utility comments cited in the Professional Version.)
    65. 65. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? Part 8:Some Other Supporter Claims
    66. 66. Even though JOBS is theirmain argument for the PTC, some other assertions are periodically made...
    67. 67. Another justification put forward for the PTC: “The PTC is not Another Solyndra.”Objective perspective: That is correct — it’s much worse. Per government figures, Solyndra cost taxpayers $0.5± Billion. A one year extension of the PTC will cost taxpayers $12.2 Billion.
    68. 68. Another justification put forward for the PTC: “Some manufacturing jobs will be lost.”Objective perspective: That is correct — but that’s life. Modernization is continually making certain products out-dated, which means jobs in those industries are lost. Should taxpayers be subsidizing the jobs for those producing B&W TVs, 8-track tapes, horse carriages, hoola-hoops, etc?
    69. 69. Another justification put forward for the PTC: “Some landowners are making big profits.”Objective perspective: That is correct — but at whose expense?
    70. 70. Other justifications put forward for the PTC: “The Wind industry needs to have certainty.” “The PTC needs to be phased out.”Objective perspective: Both are correct — and both are already done.
    71. 71. Part 8:Some Other Supporter Claims — THE TAKEAWAY — When looking at the BIG PICTURE these claims do NOT justify a PTC extension. (Other supporter claims are cited in the Professional Version.)
    72. 72. DOES EXTENDING THE PTC MAKE SENSE? CONCLUSIONS
    73. 73. Attention Republicans: A PTC for 2013+ is a new TAX* as such it violates the ATR Pledge* “Specialists term these synthetic government spending programs ʻtaxexpenditures.ʼ Tax expenditures are really spending programs, not taxrollbacks, because the missing tax revenues must be financed by moretaxes on somebody else. Like any other form of deficit spending … atargeted tax break coupled with a specific revenue ʻpayforʼ means that onegroup of Americans is required to pay (in the form of higher taxes) for asubsidy to be delivered to others through the mechanism of the tax system.” —Dr. Edward D. Kleinbard, Professor of Law at the Gould School of Law, UCLA
    74. 74. Attention Democrats: A PTC for 2013+ is a TAX BREAK, that will primarily be used by High-Income Taxpayers. As such it is a violationof your party’s campaign for Tax Fairness.
    75. 75. Is an “All of the Above” Energy Policy wise? Only if it makes sense to include: unreliable, expensive, and environmentally destructive energy options!We need an “All of the Sensible” Energy Policy.
    76. 76. — Conclusions —Wind Energy is a net jobs loser and a net economics loser, that has no scientific proof that it has any net technical, economic or environmental benefits. Why should US taxpayers pay for such a charade?
    77. 77. The wind PTC makes as much sense as the government subsidizing ranchers to have cows runin the Kentucky Derby.

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