Skip to comments.Senate Finance Committee votes to restore Wind Tax Credit
Posted on 04/03/2014 2:55:56 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne
The Senate Finance Committee approved Thursday a package of tax break extensions that restores the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, which expired in 2013.
The committee voted by voice vote to send the bill to the full Senate. It would extend the PTC for two years, along with numerous provisions that incentivize alternative fuels and energy efficiency for vehicles and homes. Senators who support the wind industry thanked Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for including the wind credit in the bill that the committee marked up Thursday after excluding it from the draft unveiled Tuesday.
This is vitally important to Colorado, said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who sponsored an amendment to include the credit. Weve got upwards of 5,000 jobs in our state from the wind industry, he said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Congress has already harmed the wind industry by allowing the PTC to expire last year and that the harm would continue if it is not extended.
The uncertainty it creates for the renewable industry has slowed growth in this sector, Grassley said. This serves only to hamper the strides made towards a viable, self-sustainable renewable energy and fuels sector.
The panel rejected an amendment proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that would have stripped the bill of all provisions that incentivize alternative energy, including the PTC and credits for biofuel, electric vehicles, alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure and fuel cell technology.
I dont think we should force taxpayers to subsidize inefficient, uncompetitive forms of energy, Toomey said. We are simply picking winners and losers.
Toomey said that he did not oppose alternative fuels, but he thinks "they ought to compete on a level playing field.
Grassley defended the credits, saying that it would be fair to give alternative energy sources credits similar to the ones that traditional energy receives.
The 100-year-old oil and gas industry continues to benefit from tax preferences that benefit only their industry, he said.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) agreed with Grassley: I would argue that Congress has picked a winner in the oil industry, and they have won.
A number of energy-related amendments were either withdrawn or blocked by Wyden because they were not related to a bill extending expired tax provisions.
Those amendments would have allowed faster tax credits for solar energy and offshore wind energy infrastructure while they are being built, changing the fuel tax structure for liquefied natural gas and phasing the wind credit out over five years.
More corporate welfare for the politically approved
I guess I’d better get off to Costco for some no. 10 cans of baked beans.
Sure glad we’ve got conservatives like Orrin Hatch on the job!
The US economy runs on fraud. There’s no escaping it.
Ill winds blowing.
R or D, it doesn’t matter in the least. Crony capitalism is a way of life with these useless turds.
It’s up to the House to stop this nonsense. Boehner will be up to the task. /s
Wind tax credit. Well, those folks in Washington are experts on wind.
Well, if these Senators can resurrect this subsidy from the dead, maybe they can do the same for all of the dead birds that these windmills kill.
I recently read another article on this subject which said that close to 80% of US windmills are located in House Republican districts. And, that close to 75% of windmill components are manufactured in House republican districts.
If Senator Grassley is speaking of the "Depletion Credit", which is what most critics cite as an oil industry subsidy, it should be pointed out that it applies to mining, drilling, quarrying stone, or cutting timber (Pub.535) as well. The concept matches to that of depreciation that any activity has a finite life and as such, these credits serve to encourage re-investment in order to sustain the enterprise. In short, it is a canard, usefully rolled out for lack of a better argument.
Supposedly, the House republicans purposely left the windmill tax credit out of the legislation, so that Grassley would have a role in getting it added.
While it may suck, it can also benefit preppers for buying wind generators for a possible tax CREDIT!?
The uncertainty it creates for the
renewable crony capitalist industry has slowed growth in this sector
Good. Maybe now I can get a deduction for the farts my unicorns make.
Unless we have a lot of House members with Chinese addresses, I don't think that's true.