Green Energy Wins In Last-Minute U.S. ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill
It wasn’t until 2 a.m. yesterday morning that the U.S. Senate voted 89 to 8 to approve a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff” that took effect on New Year’s Day.
The House of Representatives then took an entire of political wrangling before voting 257-167 to approve the Senate bill late yesterday.
But the final measure turns out to contain some good news for green energy, long a priority of president Barack Obama.
As Reuters reports, the 157-page bill contains an “eclectic mix” of “sweetener” provisions, among them roughly a dozen relating to green energy.
Many of the legislators who voted on the bill may not have been aware of all of its provisions, since votes were taken just minutes after the final bill was distributed.
- a tax credit for the purchase of a two- or three-wheeled electric vehicle of 10 percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of $2,500
- reinstatement of tax credits for biodiesel and renewable diesel for both 2012 and 2013
- extension of the cellulosic biofuel tax credit through 2013, with the addition of algae as a qualified feedstock
- a one-year extension of the tax credit for wind energy of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years a new wind farm is operating
- tax incentives for purchase of energy-efficient appliances.
Many of the provisions are simply extensions of existing programs that were destined to sunset at the end of last year.
That means the bill’s language may be no more than effectively changing the date of a program’s termination from December 31, 2012, to a future date.
This article originally appeared on Green Car Reports.