Although much of the federal policy driving wind power remains firm, many in the wind industry are concerned, according to this article from North American Wind Power. It points out that two of the primary incentives used by developers--the U.S. Treasury Department's Section 1603 cash-grant program and the production tax credit (PTC)--are set to expire in the near future (the cash-grant extension expires at the end of this year; PTC expires at the end of 2012).

Joe Condo, legal counsel for Chicago-based Invenergy, says the average time at which the PTC has been extended was seven days before it was set to expire. Others point to the realization that 2012 is a presidential election year and that energy legislation could get lost among other issues.