On May 6, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) held its annual conference in Chicago. At the conference, newly hired CEO Tom Kiernan said extension of the production tax credit (PTC) is the top priority of the trade group. The PTC provides 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour for renewable energy projects that begin construction by the end of the year; the tax credit was extended at the last minute on January 1 of this year. The uncertainty about extension from last year has led some analysts to predict the wind industry may fall by 78 percent this year. AWEA also said it will focus on maintaining state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). Sixteen states currently have these standards requiring utilities to acquire a percentage of power from renewable sources, but the oil and gas industries are pushing for the repeal of the RPS.