DENVER (AP) — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says President Barack Obama supports extending a tax break for wind energy that supporters say is vital to the state’s wind-turbine industry.

Udall, a Democrat, said Thursday that Obama’s support is welcome.

State officials say about 5,000 people work in the wind energy industry in Colorado, the fifth-highest total in the country.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has four plants and 1,800 employees in Colorado.

The Senate rejected an extension of the tax break in March because sponsors hadn’t identified any spending cuts to offset the loss of revenue.

Udall and others introduced a revised version two days later that is focused more narrowly on wind, hydro, geothermal and biofuels energy.

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