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Conference Analysis on H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Both the Senate and House versions of the tax reform bill contain a range of provisions that will have a devastating impact on investment tools that have been critical to the growth of the country’s burgeoning renewable energy economy. In this conference analysis, ACORE outlines the provisions of concern in the House Bill as it relates to direct changes to renewable tax credits, as well as the provisions of concern and in the Senate bill, including the changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax and new Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT). The analysis paper also highlights our recommended approaches for remedying each of these issues in any final tax bill.

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Joint Letter Calling on Senate to Repair Provisions that Undermine Renewable Energy in the Senate Tax Bill

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The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Senate outlining urgent concerns with the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) provisions in the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As drafted, the BEAT program would have a devastating, if unintended, impact on wind and solar energy investment and deployment.

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US PREF Speaks out on Retroactive Provisions in House Tax Proposal

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Nov. 13 letter from the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) to Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging immediate action to remove the retroactive tax provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Sections 3501(b) and 3502(k) change the rules governing how projects qualify for wind and solar tax credits in past as well as future years, undermining investment, for example, in projects that qualified for tax credits under U.S. law and guidance last year. These provisions are so destructive that their introduction has shaken the marketplace and had an immediate negative impact on U.S. investment and job growth.

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Summary Analysis: H.R. 1 Tax and Job Cuts Act

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On November 2, House Republican leaders introduced their long-awaited tax proposal, H.R. 1, revealing for the first time the details of their effort to overhaul the tax code.

Rather than rewarding the wind and solar sectors for their leadership in becoming the nation’s first industries to agree to the phasedown of their own tax incentives, H.R. 1 breaks faith with the 2015 tax accord. The bill would affect fundamental changes that substantially reduce the value of the wind production tax credit, phase out the permanent solar credit, and impose new requirements that retroactively change the rules governing how projects qualify for the tax credits. But that is just the start.

In this new document, ACORE provides a summary analysis of the bill outlining the energy provisions’ key areas of concern

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Energy Industry Associations Reply Comments Opposing the DOE Proposal

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ACORE and a group of eleven energy industry associations today submitted new comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continuing their opposition to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing. (Signatories include Advanced Energy Economy, Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc., American Biogas Council, American Forest & Paper Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Wind Energy Association, Conservation Law Foundation, EDP Renewables North America LLC, Electric Power Supply Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Energy Storage Association, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Invenergy Thermal Development LLC, Natural Gas Supply Association, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Solar Energy Industries Association and Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc.)

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Advanced, Renewable and Storage Energy Industry Associations Comments on the DOE NOPR

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ACORE and other “Advanced, Renewable and Storage Energy Industry Associations (including Advanced Energy Economy, American Wind Energy Association, Energy Storage Association, Geothermal Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association) comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the Department of Energy’s proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing. In this joint filling, the group urges FERC not to adopt the rule and to instead engage in a more comprehensive effort to assess resilience and improve price formation.

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Energy Industry Associations Comments on the DOE NOPR

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ACORE and broad range of energy industry associations comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing. (Signatories include Advanced Energy Economy, Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc., American Biogas Council, American Forest & Paper Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Wind Energy Association, Conservation Law Foundation, EDP Renewables North America LLC, Electric Power Supply Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Energy Storage Association, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Invenergy, Thermal Development LLC, Natural Gas Supply Association, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Solar Energy Industries Association and Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc.)

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ACORE Comments on the DOE NOPR

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ACORE comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing. ACORE’s comments emphasize the important negative impacts of the proposal on investment in the nation’s electricity sector and on corporate sector energy use – two areas of special importance to the leading investors and corporate buyers in ACORE’s membership.

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Issue Brief: The Department of Energy’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rules

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This issue brief provides an overview and analysis of the Department Energy’s proposed grid resiliency rules providing cost recovery to coal and nuclear power, which is now under consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As referenced further in our formal FERC comments submitted with allies on Oct. 23, ACORE believe this rule has no credible basis for implementation.

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Issue Brief: The Suniva Trade Case

Suniva Trade Case

The Suniva trade case seeking tariffs on imported solar cells and modules is already impacting development and creating uncertainty in the U.S. solar market, before any ruling has been issued. ACORE’s Issue Brief on the Suniva trade provides an overview of Suniva’s claims; the process, timeline, and factors considered by the International Trade Commission; permissible remedies under the Trade Act; and the potential ramifications on the U.S. solar industry.

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