The Incentives of Wind Power Production and Integration in US Policy

  • Samuel S. Webster
Keywords: incentives, wind power, Production Tax Credit, wind energy, Department of Energy


This paper analyzes the impact of the federal Production Tax Credit on the development of wind energy in the US. Following an analysis of the incentives these policies produce for wind energy generation and integration, this paper finds that, although the Production Tax Credit has proven effective at promoting some level of wind power development, the effectiveness of the Production Tax Credit varies by region and by itself is unlikely to achieve the deep levels of wind power penetration desired by some policymakers and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Author Biography

Samuel S. Webster

Samuel S. Webster is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the George Washington University focusing on energy and technology policy, and specifically on how technology can help produce better public policy impacts and improve the process of policymaking. He earned a BA in classical civilizations from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 and a Post-Baccalaureate in classics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 before making the transition into public policy. He currently holds a position as technology and policy support officer for the National Center for Victims of Crime. Upon obtaining his MPP, he hopes to continue working at the intersection of public policy and technology.

The author would like to thank Julian Hoffman and Amit Ronen for all of their time spent making this paper legible, accurate, and maybe even reasonable. The author thought writing a paper in such a quickly changing field would be difficult, but keeping it on track through this process must have been nothing less than heroic. Those efforts and concern for the paper’s integrity do not go unappreciated. The author would also like to thank Professor Gerald Brock for the initial opportunity to write this paper, and for his guidance and support, without which this paper would have never been submitted.