TPI TOUR: Secretary of Energy Takes Tour

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman was in Newton Wednesday to tour the TPI plant.

Workers gave Poneman a tour of the site and explained the process of producing the blades for wind turbines.

TPI uses the wind energy production tax credit, which expires at the end of the year.

The company is hoping for an expansion to the plant to keep production going at a steady pace.  They say it’s important for politicians to see firsthand the jobs that wind energy production creates.

Secretary Poneman says, “I can assure you, I will come back tell him the great jobs getting created here in Iowa, that it’s doing exactly what he has called for in bringing new renewable energy, bringing jobs, and bringing clean energy to the American people, and i think it’s going to feed right into our narrative and the conversation we’ll have with congress in regards to the production tax credit.”

Iowa senators Harkin and Grassley have co-sponsored a bill that proposes a 2-year extension to the wind tax credit.  Secretary Poneman says he supports it.