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Renewable Energy Industry Anxious Over Tax Plans In Congress

Renewable energy organizations who signed a letter opposing certain provisions in the Congressional tax reform bills

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have both passed a tax reform bill, and both bills have the renewable energy industry nervous. That includes four organizations representing the interests of renewable industries. They say two provisions, in particular, could devastate investment and job growth in wind and solar: the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax, or BEAT provision, and the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). 

Evan Vaughn, media relations officer of the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade group for the wind industry, claimed the two complex provisions could cause over half of wind farms under development to be killed, put an estimated 90,000 American wind jobs at risk, and threaten $95 billion in investment. 

“These two changes in the Senate bill would dry up that market for tax equity... which is one of the principal financial tools that is used to create investment in wind farms,” he said.

Vaughn added the House version would prematurely phase out a tax break for the wind industry. He said he hopes the two provisions will be removed as Congress reconciles the tax reform bills. Republicans have said they plan to have a final version on the President’s desk before Christmas. 

Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
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