Kansas' wind city is concerned at looming PTC expiry

The first nacelle produced at Siemens' factory in Hutchinson

The first nacelle produced at Siemens' factory in Hutchinson

While debate over continuation of the federal production tax credit (PTC) has centred on Washington DC, it is places such as Hutchinson in the US heartland that will suffer if Congress lets it expire.

This small city in the centre of Kansas beat long odds a few years ago to convince German manufacturer Siemens to locate its first nacelle production plant in the Americas there.

“This was the biggest economic development project in Hutchinson’s history,” city manager John Deardoff tells Recharge. “We rolled up our sleeves and got it done.”

State officials and others also helped in the effort.

Until then, the city was best known for hosting the Kansas State Fair, mining salt and having the world’s longest grain elevator, which dominates the skyline.

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