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AEE Letter Senators' Letter to extend energy tax credits Commence Construction Letter Final Industries Letter Signed SEIA Member Companies Letter Western Governors Association letter on Commence Construction Rhone Resch letter to Senators Senator Merkley letter to Senate Finance Committee Nevada Conservation League letter to Senator Heller Representative Thompson Dear Colleague letter Laborers' International Union Letter to Representatives HR 3017 HR 2502 14 03 11 SL ITC Commence Construction.pdf S 2003

Key Developments

September 18, 2014

Congressman Blumenauer (D-OR-3) introduced H.R. 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014, which, among other things, amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend the energy tax credit to solar energy, fuel cell, microturbine, combined heat and energy power system, small wind energy, and thermal energy properties, the construction of which, begins before January 1st, 2017.

May 27, 2014

Bernard Fineman, President of Caldwell Tanks, sent a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) supporting the Bennett-Heller Amendment adding commence construction qualifications to the solar investment tax credit. [Letter PDF]

March 12, 2014
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) along with 27 Senators cosigned a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in support of changing to a ‘commence construction’ project eligibility standard in the Investment Tax Credit for solar energy. [Letter PDF]

February 6th, 2014

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced S. 2003, the Renewable Energy Parity Act of 2014- Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend the energy tax credit to solar energy, fuel cell, microturbine, combined heat and energy power system, small wind energy, and thermal energy properties, the construction of which, begins before January 1st, 2017. [S 2003]

January 22, 2014
Advanced Energy Economy issues a letter to Senator Max Baucus and Representative Dave Camp expressing support for an extension of the Production Tax Credit and for a commence construction standard for ITC qualification. [Letter PDF]

December 16, 2013
A group of 25 senators issue a letter to Max Baucus and Orin Hatch, Chairman and Ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, to voice their support for an extension of current renewable energy tax credits. [Letter PDF]

October 21, 2013
The Western Governors Association, Chaired by Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado,  issues a letter to Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch and Representatives Sander Levin and Dave Camp expressing support for a commence construction standard for Section 48 technologies. [Letter PDF]

October 7, 2013
The Nevada Conservation League issues a letter to Senator Dean Heller of Nevada expressing support for a commence construction standard for ITC qualification. [Letter PDF]

August 2, 2013
Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’  International Union of North America, issues a letter to members of congress expressing support for H.R. 2502.  [Letter PDF]

August 2, 2013
Representative Paul Cook (R-CA-8) introduces HR 3017, the Renewable Energy Construction and Investment Parity Act of 2013, which will provide the Section 48 ITC with a commence construction standard for qualification. [HR 3017]

July 26, 2013
8 Senators issue a letter to Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch, Ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.  The letter addresses the value a commence construction standard would have for Section 48 technologies across a number of issue areas including global competitiveness, policy certainty, increased investment, and parity under the tax code. [Letter PDF]

July 18, 2013
Rhone Resch, CEO of SEIA, sends a letter to Senators urging their support for a commence construction standard as a component of their efforts to reform the tax code. [Letter PDF]

July 12, 2013
Representative (D-CA-5) issues a dear colleague letter requesting Co-sponsors for HR 2502.  As of November 22nd, HR 2502 has 74 cosponsors. [Letter PDF]

June 25, 2013
Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-5) introduces HR 2502, the Renewable Energy Parity Act of 2013 to the House Ways and Means Committee.  This legislation will provide all Section 48 technologies with a commence construction standard in order to qualify for the Investment Tax Credit. [HR 2502]

January 2, 2013:
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included a provision that amended the traditional placed in service requirement for all Section 45 renewable energy technologies with a commence construction standard.  Notably, this change did not include solar energy facilities.

December 13, 2012
24 Senators issue a letter to Senate Leadership expressing their support for commence construction modification for the Section 48 Investment Tax Credit. [Letter PDF]

December 4, 2012
The Solar Energy Industries Association, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, and the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association issue a joint letter to Senate Leadership requesting a commence construction standard for that the Section 48 ITC be included in any upcoming tax legislation.[Letter PDF]


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