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Friday, October 1, 2021

Legislation to establish renewable energy investment tax credits (ITCs) and production tax credits (PTCs) for the domestic manufacturing of onshore wind energy components was introduced in both houses of Congress. The Onshore Wind American Manufacturing Act would create a 30% ITC for U.S.-based facilities that manufacture or assemble qualified onshore wind components.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, a bill aimed at boosting solar panel manufacturing jobs in America by providing tax credits at every stage of the solar manufacturing supply chain, from polysilicon production to solar cells to fully assembled solar modules.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Three members of the House of Representatives today introduced legislation that would create a tax credit for the production of “green” and “blue” hydrogen. The Clean Hydrogen Production and Investment Tax Credit Act of 2021 (H.R. 5192) would provide the tax credit to companies that reduce carbon emissions by the production of hydrogen. The credit would be worth an applicable amount (a sliding percentage, based on the production method, multiplied by $3, adjusted for inflation) multiplied by the kilograms of qualified clean energy produced by the taxpayer during the taxable year. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Nine members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation to allow solar energy to qualify for a full value production tax credit (PTC). H.R. 5175 would extend the federal PTC to electricity produced by solar energy. The legislative text was not immediately available. The nine House members–including eight members of the Ways and Means Committee and one member of the Energy and Commerce Committee–introduced the legislation ahead of the Ways and Means Committee markup of the budget reconciliation package. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The House of Representatives approved the fiscal year 2022 budget resolution Tuesday, unlocking forthcoming $3.5 trillion reconciliation legislation that will likely include a significant expansion of the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), creation of the neighborhood homes tax credit (NHTC) to incentivize the development and rehabilitate single-family housing in distressed neighborhoods and more funding for a wide variety of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. In addition to these resources, the forthcoming reconciliation legislation possibly could include the creation of the middle-income housing tax credit (MIHTC) to serve renters earning just above LIHTC income limits and expansion and enhancement for the federal historic tax credit (HTC), permanence and expansion of new markets tax credit (NMTC), extension and substantial expansion of renewable and clean energy tax credits

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California, introduced legislation to extend the residential energy efficient property tax credit under Internal Revenue Code Section 25D for five years at 30% before gradually phasing down to a 10% credit after 2028. The Residential Solar Opportunity Act (H.R. 4852) would make the residential credit mirror the phasedown schedule of the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC).

Monday, August 16, 2021

Four Democratic senators introduced legislation to promote offshore wind energy through tax credits. The Offshore Wind Manufacturing Act of 2021 would provide a manufacturing investment tax credit (ITC) and a production tax credit (PTC) for facilities that produce offshore wind turbine components. Qualified facilities would receive a 30% ITC and the PTC would be from 2 cents to 5 cents per watt, multiplied by the total rated capacity of the turbine.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service will publish in Thursday’s Federal Register a notice and request for comment on an extension of performance and quality standards that small wind energy property must meet to qualify for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 48(a)(3)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code. The standards were established in Notice 2015-4. Comments are due Oct. 4.

Monday, August 2, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a private letter ruling stating that facilities that generate solar electricity are not public utility property (PUP) under the Internal Revenue Code. PLR 202130005 clarifies that those facilities should not be treated as a PUP owned by a public utility or by the financial institution contributing capital. The IRS based the ruling on the fact that each partnership in a transaction will charge market-based rates to the operator for the electricity produced by the solar facilities. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced in both houses of Congress a bill to encourage innovation in the clean energy to help rapidly scale and diversify new technologies. The Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act would create an investment tax credit (ITC) of up to 40% and a production tax credit (PTC) of up to 60% for low-market-penetration technologies. The credit could be applied to generation, storage, carbon capture and hydrogen production. The credit would phase out as technologies mature and Congress could take up new technology recommendations from the Department of Energy every five years. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that shifts tax credits to the state wind energy program and makes changes to the state historic tax credit (HTC) and brownfield program concerning prevailing wage requirements. A. 5939 moves $350 million in tax credits originally intended for the New Jersey Emerge Program and the New Jersey Aspire Program to the wind  energy tax incentive and provides that if less than the annual limitation of credits under those programs is awarded, the uncommitted credits be made available to qualified offshore wind projects. The HTC and brownfield program change requires that prevailing wage requirements also apply to building services work under those incentives.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today released a ruling clarifying several issues related to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45Q carbon capture tax credits. Revenue Ruling 2021-13 determines that acid gas removal at an industrial facility is a component of carbon capture equipment within the meaning of the IRC 45Q credit; that an investor in components of capture equipment at an industrial facility doesn’t need to own every component in a single-process train to receive the credit, but must own at least one component; that under IRC Section 45Q, the placed-in-service date of a single-process train of carbon capture equipment is the date it is placed in condition or a state of readiness and availability for the capture, processing and preparation of carbon oxide for transport for disposal, injection or use; and the original placed-in-service date of a single-process train for IRC Section 45Q has no effect on the placed-in-service date of the existing acid gas removal unit for depreciation under IRC Sections 167 and 168.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted a notice Tuesday clarifying the beginning-of-construction requirement for both the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) for energy properties in response to delays caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In an effort to assure that renewable energy endeavors can safely meet the continuity safe harbor requirements, Notice 2021-41 extends the safe harbor deadline for property that began construction in 2016 through 2020. Initiatives launched under the physical work test or the 5% safe harbor between 2016 and 2019 can satisfy requirements if they are placed in service by the end of a calendar year that is no more than six calendar years after the calendar year in which construction began; projects that began construction in 2020 must be placed in service within five years to satisfy the requirement.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Four senators led by Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Georgia, introduced Monday the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America (SEMA) Act in an effort to spark domestic solar manufacturing, speed the transition to clean energy and propel America toward greater energy independence. The bill introduced by Ossoff along with Sens. Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, would provide tax credits to manufacturers throughout the solar manufacturing supply chain, including polysilicon production to photovoltaic cells to fully assembled solar modules

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Iowa Department of Revenue clarified its tax guidance Monday to better define its wait list and expiration dates for the Iowa Solar Energy System Tax Credit. For residential installations completed after Dec. 31, 2021, the credit expires and is unavailable. Those on the wait list in 2021 who are not awarded credits before the deadline are not allowed to carry them forward for construction that begins on or after Jan. 1, 2022.

Friday, May 28, 2021

The White House today released a summary, fact sheet and Greenbook on President Joe Biden’s proposed $6 trillion budget for fiscal year 2022. Of this amount, the Biden administration requests $1.67 trillion in discretionary spending, $754 billion for defense and $913 billion for nondefense, the first such request where nondefense exceeded defense in recent history.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, introduced legislation to create tax credits to encourage the development of clean hydrogen energy. The Clean H2 Production Act would create an investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC) for production of hydrogen that uses methods that are at least 50% cleaner than traditional hydrogen production methods.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

A bipartisan group of members introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to increase carbon capture tax credits for industrial facilities and power plants. The Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful (CATCH) Emissions Act (H.R. 3538) would increase the federal Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45Q tax credit values for carbon capture from industrial facilities and power plants. The legislation would increase the credit level to $85 per metric ton for industrial and power generation facilities seeking to store captured carbon dioxide in saline geologic formations and to $60 per metric ton for storage in oil and gas fields and for the beneficial use of captured carbon to manufacture low and zero-carbon fuels, chemicals, building products, advanced materials and other products.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Wednesday introduced legislation to allow the use of private activity bonds (PABs) for power plants and industrial facilities to purchase and install carbon capture and storage equipment and for direct air capture projects. The Carbon Capture Improvement Act (S. 1829) would also allow the existing Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45Q tax credit for carbon sequestration to be used by facilities for industrial emissions.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Legislation introduced in both houses of Congress would create an additional renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) for battery storage and renewable electricity that displaces electricity generated by “peaker” plants (which come online during times of high demand and release harmful emissions) in disadvantaged communities. The Promoting Energy Alternatives is Key to Emission Reductions (PEAKER) Act of 2021 would provide financial incentives to more rapidly deploy clean energy and battery storage to replace aging power plants in those disadvantaged communities.