Report: Some federal wind energy programs 'duplicative'

A House GOP committee chairman used the report to bash federal financial support for wind power, saying it amounted to wasted spending.

“Despite this duplication, the administration wants to expand federal spending even further. We should eliminate duplication, not throw more money at overlapping initiatives. We should also redirect efforts toward research that will help renewable energy companies compete without taxpayer subsidies,” House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement.

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On subsidies, the report noted that the production tax credit “almost solely” provided the $1.1 billion total.

The credit pays wind power producers 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of wind generation.

Democrats and President Obama fought to extend the credit through this year as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal struck in January. They, along with the wind industry, say it’s vital for maintaining jobs.

But conservative Republicans are rallying to block another extension, likely queuing up another political battle for the end of this year.