Congressman Doyle Supports Green Energy Bill
Washington, DC – November 19, 2019 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) issued the following statement in response to the release earlier today of draft legislation to help address climate change.
This legislation, the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act, would promote a reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by extending and expanding existing tax incentives for renewable energy use, including a provision originally introduced by Congressman Doyle.
“I’ve long believed that making the transition to clean, sustainable energy is the key to curbing climate change,” Congressman Doyle observed. “We urgently need to take action to meet our clean energy goals and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Consequently, I enthusiastically support the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act, which would promote U.S. investment in clean energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency – and create a great many new green jobs.”
“I’m pleased that the GREEN Act incorporates my bill, H.R. 2096, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, which would expand the existing solar investment tax credit to include energy storage technologies,” Congressman Doyle added. “Energy storage is key to unlocking the potential of renewables and the widespread deployment of energy storage will help reduce carbon emissions, air pollution, and drive down the cost of energy saving all of us money on our utility bills. Energy storage is a critical technology for addressing climate change and meeting our goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and I am committed to getting it passed into law.”
The GREEN Act would extend current renewable energy tax incentives and create new models to increase the use of green energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The bill would promote the use of green energy technologies and incentivize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through new and existing tax benefits. It would:
- increase energy efficiency and green energy use in both residential and commercial buildings,
- support the use of zero-emission transportation and supporting infrastructure,
- invest in a green workforce through energy credits for manufacturers,
- advance environmental justice through tax credits for research and academic programs, and
- require the Treasury Department to analyze the feasibility of a price on greenhouse gas emissions, using the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
The GREEN Act discussion draft is supported by the following organizations: Alliance to Save Energy, American Biogas Council, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Public Power Association, American Wind Energy Association, Baseload Power Association, Biomass Power Association, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Energy Storage Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, League of Conservation Voters, National Hydropower Association, National Resource Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Solar Energy Industries Association, Union of Concerned Scientists, and U.S. Green Building Council.
Click here to read the discussion draft of the GREEN Act.
Click here to view a section-by-section of the legislation.