On Aug. 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS proposed regulations and new guidance regarding the prevailing wage and apprenticeship (PWA) prerequisites associated with eligibility for full-value clean energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. Read on for an overview of the rules and guidance, which provide more certainty and greater
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 extended and modified a federal investment tax credit for a broad variety of advanced energy manufacturing projects. The program relies on an application and award process to allocate the tax credits.
Read on for newly released details about the application process and technical guidance for the 48C program.
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) created a 10% tax credit adder to encourage the use of “domestic content” in renewable projects that qualify for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC). Projects built using the required amounts of U.S.-produced steel, iron and manufactured products can receive a significant 10% increase to the credits. Taxpayers have been eagerly anticipating Treasury and IRS guidance on this credit adder since the IRA was signed into law in August 2022.Continue Reading Domestic Content 10% Bonus Guidance Released (IRS Notice 2023-38)
The application process for the first round of funding for the Section 48C credit will open May 31, 2023. The IRS will issue additional guidance on the program before the application process opens but the application window closes July 31, 2023, so interested taxpayers should prepare submissions now.Continue Reading Opening Soon — Application for Section 48C Advanced Energy Project Investment Tax Credit
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) created several new tax incentives to encourage the development of clean energy projects that would benefit specific communities. Among these incentives, Congress included a tax credit adder for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) for projects in “energy communities.” The energy community adder gives a 10% multiplier to a project’s PTC value and a potential 10% addition to the ITC rate. On April 4, 2023, the IRS released Notice 2023-29 to outline the rules for claiming the energy community enhanced tax credits under Internal Revenue Code Sections 45, 45Y, 48 and 48E.Continue Reading IRS Issues Guidance for Energy Community Bonus Tax Credits – Notice 2023-29
Direct pay and transferability for energy tax credits have been available since Jan. 1, 2023, but credit transactions using these provisions have been slow to materialize due to lack of Treasury or IRS guidance. On March 22, 2023, official Treasury Department remarks by Asst. Secretary for Tax Policy Lily Batchelder offered insights into that future guidance. Continue Reading Energy Credits — Treasury, IRS Promise Direct Pay and Transferability Registry and Guidance
On March 17, 2023, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District issued an opinion reversing two winter storm Uri orders by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) that had raised power prices in ERCOT to $9,000/MWh. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, manages the electric grid for most, but not all, of Texas and serves approximately 26 million customers.
The decision by the Court of Appeals in Luminant Energy Company LLC v. Public Utility Commission of Texas, No. 03-21-00098-CV, has the potential to affect certain transactions made under the PUCT’s orders. The Court of Appeals not only reversed the PUCT’s orders but remanded them for further proceedings. Should the Court of Appeals’ opinion be upheld, it is unclear how the PUCT will resolve the pricing issues, but it would likely need to hold proceedings to address them. The opinion also raised questions about the authority of the PUCT to issue price caps for Texas’ energy market. Continue Reading PUCT Winter Storm Uri Orders Reversed and Remanded by Texas Court of Appeals
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) created several new tax incentives to encourage developing clean energy projects that would benefit underserved communities and individuals. Among these incentives, Congress included generous adders to the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) for qualified solar and wind facilities deployed in specified low-income communities or residential developments (low-income community benefit adders).Continue Reading IRS Issues Guidance for Energy Tax Credits in Low-Income Communities – Notice 2023-17
On Aug. 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), which includes new and revised tax incentives for clean energy projects. This alert provides a summary of the IRA impact on solar energy tax credits, which were extended and significantly expanded. Additional alerts will provide summaries of the IRA’s impact on other clean energy technologies.Continue Reading Inflation Reduction Act Extends and Modifies Tax Credits for Solar Projects
On Aug. 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), which includes new and revised tax incentives for clean energy projects. This alert provides a summary of the IRA’s impact on tax credits for energy storage technologies, which were extended and significantly expanded. Additional alerts will provide summaries of the IRA focused on credits for other clean energy technologies.Continue Reading Inflation Reduction Act Creates New Tax Credit Opportunities for Energy Storage Projects