13, 2004 -- CropChoice news -- Cara Pesek, Lincoln Star-Journal,
09/10/04: Windmills of Holland, which makes
wind turbines that generate electricity, has put on
hold plans to build a plant that would employ at least
160 people, said the company's senior vice president,
The windmill company's decision is related to the demise
of federal incentives for wind energy, Frager and Cornett
In early February, Windmills of Holland said it would
build in Fairbury. At the time, company officials said
they expected the plant to be up and running by early
On Thursday Cornett said the company still planned
to move to Fairbury and to create at least 160 jobs.
But a governmental glitch has put plans on hold indefinitely,
The company is waiting until the wind energy production
tax credit is reinstated. The credit, which the federal
government established in 1992, gives tax breaks to
wind energy farms during their first 10 years of operation.
The tax credit expired at the end of 2003, according
to the American Wind Energy Association.
Bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate
to extend the tax credit, but neither has passed, Cornett
Since the tax credit expired, demand for wind turbines
has dropped, he said.
The company doesn't want to begin production, he said,
until the credit is reinstated - something he said he
is confident will happen, though likely not until next
"We don't want to come in and have what we call
a false start," Cornett said.