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April 19, 2014

In Your Opinion: Gibson is standing up for wind energy

Thank you, Rep. Gibson, for supporting wind power.

Growing wind power in New York has been an economic boon for the state. Supporting policy encouraging its growth should be a priority and it’s for that reason that I want to thank Rep. Chris Gibson calling on his colleagues in the House to do just that.

Homegrown wind power relies on eight New York-based wind power manufacturing facilities to help create wind power’s parts and supplies. Wind supports up to 2,000 well-paying, full-time jobs in New York and many more construction jobs whenever a wind farm is developed.

Clean, affordable wind power in the Empire State has attracted over $3.2 billion in capital investment here at home and up to $25 billion a year in private investment into our national economy. My company, Ioxus, plays an important role in powering wind farms and my staff is dedicated to making wind power’s parts and supplies more efficient and environmentally friendly.

By integrating wind power’s reliable, free fuel source into New York’s energy mix, wind protects New York consumers from price shocks and helps keep the lights on when other power plants break down. For example, the New York ISO recently highlighted wind power’s performance in helping to meet record demand during the recent historic polar vortex.

By signing the bipartisan letter calling for the tax credit for wind power to continue, Rep. Gibson is standing up for an American-made product creating jobs and saving us all money. Thank you, Rep. Gibson.

Chad Hall

Walton

Hall is co-founder and vice president of marketing and product management for Ioxus Inc.

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