it's a great way to create an energy alternative for homes, for farms and
small businesses.", Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr., July 3rd, 2001:On June 26th, Rep.
J.C. Watts (R-Oklahoma's 4th District), the fourth ranking Republican in the
U.S. House of Representatives, and three other Congressmen (Watkins and
Lucas of Oklahoma and Ehlers of Michigan) introduced HR 2322, the "Home and
Farm Wind Systems Act of 2001". On December 12th, Senator Richard Durbin
(D- Illinois) introduced S. 1810, which contains the same provisions as HR
2322. HR 2322 and S. 1810 would provide a 30% federal tax credit for
homeowners, farmers and businesses when they install small wind energy
system. As proposed the tax credit would be available for installation
occurring over the next ten years. While a few states offer incentives, the
federal government has not offered tax credits for small wind systems since
1985. This program responds directly to the thousands of calls that
Congressional offices received last winter as home heating bills
sky-rocketed. It will help provide alternatives to soaring gas and
electricity costs. A recent USA TODAY/ CNN/Gallup poll showed that 91% of the
public favors incentives for wind, solar, and fuel cells. But, while there
are tax credits for very large commercial wind turbines (Production Tax
Credit), there is currently no federal program to support small
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