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Focus on small turbines

No action has been taken yet on a bill that would provide a 30% investment tax credit for commercial owners of small wind turbines. But HR 2902, introduced three months ago in the US House of Representatives, is still alive. If enacted, it would dramatically stimulate the market for small wind turbines, says the American Wind Energy Association: over the next five years it would create a total of 6 MW or 1200 new small systems, mostly in use among farmers, small businesses, utilities and independent oil and gas producers. Some 400 jobs would also be created, along with $18 million in annual revenues, of which $9 million would be from exported wind turbines. Diesel generators would be more likely to be replaced with wind systems -- and the 6 MW could prevent an estimated 1200 tons of air pollutants and 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

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