The Senate Finance Committee has released an energy tax package addressing advanced electricity infrastructure, domestic fuel security, advanced technology vehicles, and conservation and energy efficiency. The committee is scheduled to consider the bill on Tuesday, June 19.Among its provisions, the bill authorizes $750 million in each of calendar years 2008 and 2009 for clean renewable energy bonds; creates a new category of tax credit bonds for advanced coal facilities; and extends the 30 percent investment tax credit for solar and fuel cells, and the 10 percent credit for microturbines for two years. It expands the investment tax credit for clean coal facilities. The bill also extends for two years and modifies the personal tax credit for residential solar electric, solar water heating, and fuel cell property. The modification raises the cap on the credit for solar electric property to $4,000. "This bill reflects energy needs in the 21st Century," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member of the Finance Committee. "People need tax certainty to invest in infrastructure and keep production moving. Production has to meet demand, and alternative energy has never been in such demand."

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