37 energy-storage advocates ask Congress for ITC clarification

In an overwhelming show of solidarity, 37 energy-storage companies and associations have written a letter to Congressional leaders asking them for clarification on whether their products qualify for the investment tax credit (ITC) and urged them to support their inclusion in upcoming tax legislation.

With a vote on the Trump Administration’s comprehensive tax reform bill looming on the horizon, the group is asking Congress to codify the Internal Revenue Service’s previous Private Letter Rulings and guidance on the issue.

“There is bipartisan, bicameral support for the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1868 and H.R. 4649), and we urge you to clarify this common-sense provision in forthcoming energy-related tax legislation,” the group wrote.

The group also said the energy-storage industry supports 70,000 employees that would benefit from this clarification because it would encourage further investment in the segment and grow that  number even further.

If those arguments sound familiar, it’s because they echo the arguments made by the solar industry in 2008 when it lobbied for the original ITC for the industry, and reiterated most recently in 2015, when the ITC was extended.

Recently, the solar ITC came under attack in the Senate’s version of the tax reform bill, but intense lobbying by the solar industry helped mitigate the damage, though it did not emerge unscathed. It appears the energy storage industry learned from that experience and is trying to codify its ITC eligibility in a separate law to keep any tax legislation from harming it.

The signatories to the letter represent most of the larger energy-storage players, but it also finds several smaller manufacturers on the list as well. The group includes:

  • AES Energy Storage
  • Ameresco
  • Advanced Microgrid Systems
  • Cypress Creek Renewables
  • Doosan GridTech
  • Dynapower Company, LLC
  • EDP Renewables North America LLC
  • E.ON North America
  • ENGIE North America
  • EnSync Energy
  • Green Charge Networks
  • Highview Power Storage
  • Hydrostor
  • Invenergy
  • Key Capture Energy, Inc.
  • LG Chem
  • Maxwell Technologies
  • Mortenson Construction
  • Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Powin Energy
  • S&C Electric Company
  • Stem, Inc.
  • Sunrun
  • Sunverge Energy, Inc.
  • The Enel Group companies:
  • Demand Energy Networks, Inc.
  • Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
  • EnerNOC, Inc.
  • The Stella Group, Ltd
  • Younicos
  • Energy Storage Association
  • California Energy Storage Alliance
  • ClearPath Action
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Hydropower Association
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • Northeast Clean Energy Council
  • New York Battery Energy Storage Technology Consortium

Read the full letter here: