Energy tax credits appear safe as GOP tax bill speeds toward a vote
Incentives for wind and solar power are likely intact, but credits for other energy technologies could end up in a separate bill.
The speed at which the Republican tax reform bill is being pushed through Congress makes it difficult to assess the details, but at this point it appears that some of the highest profile renewable energy incentives will survive the negotiating process intact.
The fate of a raft of other energy sector incentives, such as credits for biomass and geothermal power, as well as nuclear power and coal, is less certain. And there are some indications that they could be pushed aside and left for later legislative action.
Reports began to surface on Wednesday that lawmakers in Washington had emerged from conference with a deal that reconciles the House and Senate tax cut bills, though details were still scarce.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Wednesday told Utility Dive that the status of provisions that could be detrimental to renewable energy interests remain in flux, but she urged the sector not to “panic.”
As Republican leadership rushed to meet its self-imposed deadline, the focus was on high visibility issues such as the top tax rates for individuals and corporations, the deductibility of interest on mortgage debt, and the ability to deduct state and local taxes, or SALT.
Republicans lawmakers are working to bring the bill to a vote as early as next week to avoid running up against the Dec. 22 deadline for passing a continuing resolution to fund the government. They also want to take a vote before the new Democratic senator from Alabama is sworn in.