ESA Response to IRS Notice 2015-70 Request for Comments on Definition of Section 48 Property

Posted: February 16, 2016 - 09:49 / ITC / ESA Filings

ESA acknowledges the IRS for issuing Notice 2015-70 in recognition of both the increasing popularity of pairing energy storage equipment with other qualifying energy property and the lack of clear guidance on that equipment’s eligibility. In light of continuing innovation in energy storage, ESA asks that the IRS issue guidance on the ITC that ensures the eligibility of a broad diversity of storage technologies, configurations, and use cases, all of which meet the same goal
of better utilizing qualifying energy property. Additionally, ESA asks that the IRS issue guidance that enhances flexibility and certainty for owners of eligible energy storage equipment, such as through a primary use eligibility standard and modified recapture rules for Dual Use Equipment, eligibility of storage added to existing projects, and eligibility of separately-owned equipment. With appropriate guidance on energy storage, the IRS can ensure that it meets its responsibilities to prudently interpret statutory language without unduly limiting the ITC from meeting the public policy goals set out for it by Congress.