Protecting Clean Energy Progress During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented challenges to the U.S. healthcare system, disruptions to daily life across the country, and deep uncertainty across the economy.

Supply chain disturbances and massive public health interventions are extending these obstacles to the U.S. wind energy industry as well. Protecting American jobs and economic investment and ensuring the safety of wind’s 120,000-strong workforce remain our primary objectives. To help protect America’s wind workers and the communities that rely on wind development for tax revenue and land lease payments, we are asking that Congress include the following solutions in their next stimulus package.​​

Without Congressional action on these critical issues, more than 25 gigawatts of wind projects are at risk, representing $35 billion in investment. Rural communities across the country could see a loss of over $8 billion in state and local tax revenue and land lease payments to farmers and other private landowners. And at a time when America will need to be getting back to work, more than 35,000 wind jobs – from manufacturing to skilled trades – could be lost.

How can you help?

As our country and the world manages the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, the American wind industry stands with our communities in support. To learn more about the American Wind Energy Association’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.awea.org/covid-19.

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