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Sen. Carper Plans Renewed Push for Offshore Wind Credit Legislation

Feb 1, 2013
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(The Hill)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Thursday that he plans to reintroduce a bill that offers tax credits for a limited amount of offshore wind projects.

Carper told reporters he did not have a timeline for resubmitting the bill, but said its content would likely mirror the one he co-sponsored last Congress with former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

“We’ve been trying to get that done. As it turns out when [the Congressional Budget Office] prices that — they score that — it’s not cheap. And so pretty high score, hard to get it done,” Carper said during an event hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, D.C.

That means the bill could run into some Republican opposition; many in the House and the Senate want to close — not expand — incentives to a suite of clean-energy technologies.

With Carper declaring, “We’re going to do tax reform this year,” he indicated he is not in a rush to throw his bill into the hopper.