$4.0 billion in Tax Incentives over 5 years

Climate Change Technology Initiative:
$4.0 Billion in Tax Incentives
February 3, 2000

The President is proposing a new $4.0 billion package in tax incentives over five years to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by spurring the purchase of energy efficient products and the use of renewable energy (see Table 2).

Table 2. CCTI Tax Incentives ($ in Millions)

Revenue Effect




FY 2001


Homes and Buildings
Provide tax credit for energy efficient building equipment



Provide tax credit for new energy efficient homes

- 82


Provide tax credit for solar energy systems



Extend tax credit for electric and fuel cell vehicles and provide tax credits for qualified hybrid vehicles



Clean Energy
Extend tax credit for electricity produced from wind and closed- loop biomass; provide credits for open-loop biomass facilities and coal-biomass cofiring; and provide credits for methane from certain landfill



Provide 15-year recovery period for distributed power property



**Total may not add due to rounding.





--Extend the current tax credit for electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Under current law, a 10 percent credit, up to $4,000, is provided for the cost of qualified electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. The credit begins to phase down in 2002 and phases out in 2005. The President's proposal would extend the tax credit at its $4,000 maximum level through 2006.

--Tax credits for hybrid vehicles. The credit -- available for all qualifying vehicles, including cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks -- would range from $500 to $3,000 for purchases of a qualified hybrid vehicle from 2003 through 2006, depending upon the vehicle's design performance.

-- Extend current “closed-loop” biomass credit. This proposal extends for 2.5 years the current 1.5 cent per kilowatt hour tax credit (adjusted for inflation after 1992), which covers facilities placed in service before January 1, 2002.

-- Provide credits for “open loop” biomass facilities. This proposal expands the definition of biomass eligible for the 1.5 cent tax credit to include certain forest-related resources and agricultural and other sources for facilities placed in service from 2001 through 2005, and provides a 1.0 cent credit for electricity produced from 2001 through 2003 from facilities placed in service prior to January 1, 2001.

-- Provide a credit for cofiring biomass and coal. This proposal adds a 0.5 cent per kilowatt hour tax credit for electricity produced by cofiring biomass in coal plants from 2001 through 2005.

-- Provide credit for methane from landfills. This proposal adds a 1.5 cent per kilowatt hour credit for electricity produced from landfills not subject to EPA's 1996 New Source Performance Standards/Emissions Guidelines (NSPS/EG) and 1.0 cent per kilowatt hour for landfills subject to NSPS/EG. Qualified facilities would be facilities placed in service after December 31, 2000 and before January 1, 2006.


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