Consolidated Appropriations Act
The bill contains measures to address climate change, such as limiting the use of a potent greenhouse gas in refrigerants and extending tax incentives for wind and solar energy. The bill provides USD 1.4 trillion to fund the government through September 2021 as well as a 900 billion USD coronavirus aid package. Energy provisions contained in the bill include:
- extending the 26% investment tax credit for solar systems on residential and commercial through 2023 and then continuing with the phasedown to 22% in 2024 and 10% in 2025
- extending the onshore wind production tax credit by 1 year
- extending tax credits by two years for fuel cell vehicles, biofuels, and alternative fuel infrastructure
- extending through 2025 (two additional years) tax credits awarded on a per-ton basis for carbon dioxide that is sequestered
- providing USD 90 million in grants for replacing older diesel-powered vehicles and equipment with cleaner-burning models, USD 3 million more funding from FY 2020.
- provisions for mandatory reporting of methane emissions from animal manure
- allowing the commercial building energy efficiency tax deduction, with the credit indexed to inflation and updated efficiency standards.
- Requiring US companies to reduce the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to 15% of 2012 levels by 2036.
- extending DOE National Lab funding and increasing total spending by 1 billion USD
- extending for five years the 9 cents per barrel tax on oil that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
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