LaHood Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Innovation of Renewable Wind Energy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), members of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Renewable Energy Transferability Act. This legislation would allow the transfer of renewable energy tax credits, increasing innovation as well as the deployment of renewable energy, like wind and solar.
“Illinois’ 18th District is the second largest producer of wind energy in Illinois and remains one of the top wind energy producing districts in the entire nation. Throughout central and west-central Illinois, wind energy projects support our local economies and help create jobs,” stated Congressman LaHood. “Investing in rural communities through wind energy projects has a proven track record of success, and it’s important we encourage the production of clean and renewable energy sources. I am proud to join Rep. Blumenauer to introduce this legislation, which will continue to incentivize investment into wind energy projects in Illinois and continue lowering energy costs for residents in the 18th District.”
“The American Wind and Energy Association strongly supports the Renewable Energy Transferability Act legislation introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Darin LaHood that would allow limited transferability of the renewable electricity PTC and ITC,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “Maximizing the usability of these tax credits as they phase out will expand consumer access to low-cost renewable energy. Following similar treatment for other technologies, the Blumenauer and LaHood bill will deploy thousands of additional megawatts of renewable energy projects and boost economic development across the country.”
During the past 20 years, the Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit have massively expanded the development of renewable energy across the United States. As these credits are phased out, the complexity of the credit has challenged the renewable industry in financing new projects. To ensure that the federal investment has the greatest possible impact, the Renewable Energy Transferability Act would allow these credits to be exchanged more freely, reaching a wider base of investors. This will expand the development of renewables and lower clean energy prices for consumers.
You can find the full text of the Renewable Energy Transferability Act here.