The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $150 million in clean energy tax credits to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The credits will go towards investments in domestic manufacturing equipment by 12 businesses. Through the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program (48C Program), these awards will help create thousands of jobs across the country and increase U.S. competitiveness in the global clean energy market.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the 48C Program awards today at the Energy Department’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, jointly sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness. As part of the Department’s broader Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this summit brings together industry, government, academia and the Department’s national laboratories to address national challenges in manufacturing and energy.
“Cost-effective, efficient manufacturing plays a critical role in continuing U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, and the tax credits announced today will help reduce carbon pollution from our vehicles and buildings; create new jobs and supply more clean energy projects in the United States and abroad with equipment made in America,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
The President’s Climate Action Plan laid out steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution in the United States, including deploying clean energy, building a 21st century transportation sector and cutting energy waste in homes, businesses and factories. The 48C Program supports this overall strategy to slow the effects of climate change, while continuing American leadership in clean energy innovation.
The Departments of Energy and the Treasury worked in partnership to develop, launch, and award the funds for this program. The Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit authorized Treasury to provide developers with an investment tax credit of 30 percent for the manufacture of particular types of energy equipment. Funded at $2.3 billion, the tax credit was made available to 183 domestic clean energy manufacturing facilities during Phase I of the program. Today’s awards, or Phase II, were launched to utilize $150 million in tax credits that were not used by the previous awardees and support projects that must be placed in service by 2017.
Today’s awards include domestic manufacturing of a wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency products – from hydropower and wind energy to smart grid technologies to fuel efficient vehicles – and will support thousands of new manufacturing jobs in nine states and dozens of supply chains throughout the United States. These projects, subject to final certification, include following:
Energy Efficient Buildings: With the support of $5.1 million in 48C Program tax credits, Carrier Corporation will expand production at its Indianapolis facility to meet increasing demand for its eco-friendly condensing gas furnace product line. The new line includes the most energy efficient gas furnaces on the market – all with at least 95 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency.
Fuel Efficient Vehicles: Corning Incorporated received $30 million in 48C Program tax credits to expand the manufacturing capacity of its diesel emissions control products facility in Erwin, New York. The site development and infrastructure enhancements support domestic and international demand for ceramic substrates and filters for heavy-duty diesel engine, truck, construction and agricultural equipment. Corning’s project benefits the local economy with an estimated 200-250 permanent manufacturing and warehouse jobs and 275 temporary construction jobs.
Renewable Energy: Natel Energy Inc. makes low-head, high-flow hydroelectric turbines for new, distributed, utility-scale hydropower projects as well as for retrofitting dams and irrigation canals. With more than $2 million in 48C Program tax credits, Natel is equipping a manufacturing facility on California’s former Alameda Naval Air Station. The facility will produce 200 turbines annually – roughly 90 megawatts – to enable environmentally friendly hydropower development worldwide.