First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz will be join area labor leaders in Rochester this afternoon to urge members of Congress to extend the wind production tax credit.
Walz will meet with the media at the wind energy training center at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 343 facility. He is expected to be joined by representatives from the Minnesota Labor Council and the BlueGreen Alliance. The credit dates back to 1992 and provides an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour produced from wind energy. Unless a deal is reached to extend the credit, it is set to expire later this year. The 1st Congressional District, which extends across southern Minnesota, ranks fifth in the U.S. for installed wind capacity.