Thursday, January 22, 2009

US lawmakers debating Obama's energy tax breaks

It's mark-up time in the Congress.
From Reuters:
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday began debating $20 billion in energy tax credits and related financial incentives that are in the Obama administration's plan to revive the American economy.

The legislation's energy tax breaks would benefit the wind and solar energy industries, encourage energy-efficiency improvements to existing homes and help service stations recoup their costs for installing alternative energy pumps.

The economic stimulus package would extend by three years, to the end of 2012, the date that wind facilities would have to be in place to be eligible for the federal renewable energy production tax credit.

Other qualifying facilities that generate electricity from renewable energy sources, such as biomass, geothermal, small irrigation, hydropower, landfill gas and ocean currents, would also have an extra three years through the end of 2013 to be in service to get the same production tax credit.

The long-term extension of the renewable energy production tax credits, which would cost the government $13.1 billion over 10 years, accounts for more than half of the stimulus package's $20 billion in energy tax breaks and financial incentives being considered by the committee....MORE

Here's a link to yesterday's C-Span coverage, not because I think anyone will watch (2 hours, 53 min) but so I remember where I put it. I'll dump more links as they are archived.