March 9, 2021

ESA URGES PASSAGE OF EXPANDED INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT FOR STORAGE TO ACHIEVE US CLIMATE GOALS AS BIPARTISAN BILL REINTRODUCED

Over 60,000 people employed in the U.S. energy storage industry. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9, 2021 — The U.S. Energy Storage Association today urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would make standalone storage projects eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC). Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Rep. Doyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)  introduced the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act to remove limits on applying the tax credit to storage technologies only when integrated with ITC-eligible solar projects. 

“Without more energy storage, the United States will fail to achieve its urgent climate and clean energy goals and miss an opportunity to make power infrastructure more resilient to climate change,” said Jason Burwen, Interim CEO of ESA. “We urge Congress to follow the bipartisan example set today and pass this legislation to put storage on the same playing field as other clean energy technologies. If it does, we can power the economic recovery with jobs that build a cleaner, more resilient future for all.”

For commercial applications: The bill makes energy storage eligible for the tax credit in Section 48 of the IRS code. All energy storage technologies would qualify, including batteries, pumped hydropower, thermal storage, and hydrogen storage. For residential applications: The bill provides homeowners the same credit for battery storage as currently available for solar power in Section 25D of the IRS code. 

As outlined in ESA’s 2030 Vision, at least 100 GW of energy storage is needed to drive the clean energy transition and transform the electric system to handle 21st century demands. The United States currently has over 3 GW of battery and other advanced energy storage deployed.

Last month, members of the House Ways & Means Committee included clean energy investment tax credit (ITC) eligibility for stand-alone energy storage in the GREEN Act (H.R. 848). In 2020, the U.S. House passed the expansion of the ITC storage tax credit as part of the Moving Forward Act, H.R. 2. 

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About The U.S. Energy Storage Association:

The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid – as is uniquely enabled by energy storage. With more than 200 members, ESA represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers and integrators involved in deploying energy storage systems around the globe. More information is available at: www.energystorage.org.


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