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Renewable Energy

Wind energy trade group head discusses Pickens plan, transmission obstacles

With both former Vice President Al Gore and oilman T. Boone Pickens backing wind energy as a major part of the United States' future energy policy, Congress continues to debate how to pay for renewable energy tax credit extensions that would aid in the development of wind power. How is the wind industry being affected by the uncertainty created by the tax credit debate? What are some of the major hurdles the industry will have to overcome in order to meet the standards set out in T. Boone Pickens' plan? During today's OnPoint, Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association, gives his industry's perspective on Pickens' aggressive plan and addresses the main obstacles facing his industry as it rapidly expands.