Wind execs mount offensive against Schumer’s 'Buy American' plan

But wind industry executives gathered in Washington, D.C. this week say the plan would stymie construction of new wind farms – and thus erect road blocks to creating the increased demand that lures manufacturers.

“We will be arguing against that bill. It is not a bill that is helpful to the industry right now,” said Donald Furman, senior vice president with Iberdrola Renewables, which is a major owner and operator and wind power projects in the U.S.

“It will cause my company not to build the number of projects that it was going to build simply because we can’t get the equipment that would satisfy the requirement,” he added at a press conference today organized by the American Wind Energy Association.

A major focus of the industry lobbying this week is pushing Congress to approve a Renewable Electricity Standard, which would require utilities to supply escalating percentages of electricity over time from renewable sources.

The industry argues that increasing demand for renewable power is the best way to increase the level of turbine manufacturing in the U.S. The industry is pushing for a standard that reaches 25 percent by 2025, which is more agressive than the major House and Senate proposals.