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Congressman Kline urges end to wind energy grants

Congressman John Kline is standing behind the members of the community who are against the AWA Goodhue Wind project in Goodhue County and is proposing to allow Section 1603 renewable energy grants to expire at the end of this month.

"These grants use taxpayer funds to encourage the building of wind turbines despite opposition from communities and a lack of integration into a long-term energy strategy," Kline said. "In Goodhue County, a wind developer is working to establish a farm with more than 50 wind turbines despite strong concerns voiced by residents the program is slated to serve. Hundreds of constituents could not be clearer -- they do not want this project in their back yards and they do not want their tax dollars funding it."

The Section 1603 grants, which include tax credits for wind energy, were included in President Barack Obama's stimulus in 2009.

Last week, Kline asked colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to support his proposal allowing Section 1603 to expire.

"Given the economic challenges facing our country, we cannot in good conscience use taxpayers' hard-earned dollars to subsidize industries that have failed to demonstrate results," Kline said.

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