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S. 2677: Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 16, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2677

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 16, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for coal-powered electric generation units.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act.

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Coal-powered electric generation unit credit

(a)

Federal tax credit for coal-Powered electric generation units

Subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

45T.

Coal-powered electric generation unit credit

(a)

In general

For purposes of section 38, in the case of a taxpayer who owns or leases a coal-powered electric generation unit, the coal-powered electric generation unit credit determined under this section for a taxable year shall be an amount equal to the lesser of 30 percent of qualified expenses paid or incurred by such taxpayer in such year or the product of—

(1)

$13, multiplied by

(2)

the nameplate capacity rating in kilowatts of such unit.

(b)

Coal-Powered electric generation unit

For purposes of this section, the term coal-powered electric generation unit means an electric generation unit (as defined in section 48A(c)(6)) that uses coal to produce not less than 75 percent of the electricity produced by such unit.

(c)

Qualified expenses

For purposes of this section, the term qualified expenses means amounts paid or incurred for the operation or maintenance of a coal-powered electric generation unit, other than amounts paid or incurred for coal.

(d)

Transfer of credit

(1)

In general

With respect to a credit under subsection (a) for any taxable year, a taxpayer may elect to transfer all or any portion of such credit to any eligible project partner as specified in such election and such eligible project partner, not the taxpayer, shall be entitled to claim the credit for such taxable year.

(2)

Election to transfer

The taxpayer may elect to transfer all or any portion of the credit to an eligible project partner by attaching a statement to the taxpayer’s tax return for the taxable year in which the qualified expenses were paid or incurred, providing such information as is necessary for the Secretary to adequately identify the eligible project partner and the amount of the credit being transferred.

(3)

Application to qualified public entities

(A)

In general

For purposes of this subsection, the term taxpayer shall include a qualified public entity.

(B)

Qualified public entity

The term qualified public entity means—

(i)

a Federal, State, or local government entity, or any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof,

(ii)

a mutual or cooperative electric company described in section 501(c)(12) or 1381(a)(2), or

(iii)

a not-for-profit electric utility which had or has received a loan or loan guarantee under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.

(4)

Eligible project partner

With respect to coal-powered electric generation unit, the term eligible project partner means any person who—

(A)

is responsible for operating, maintaining, or repairing such unit,

(B)

participates in the provision, including transportation, of coal or other materials and supplies to such unit,

(C)

provides financing for the construction, expansion, repair, or operation of such unit, or

(D)

leases such unit.

(5)

Special rules

(A)

Application to partnerships

In the case of a credit under subsection (a) which is determined at the partnership level, the term eligible project partner shall include any partner of the partnership.

(B)

Taxable year in which credit taken into account

In the case of any credit (or portion thereof) with respect to which an election is made under paragraph (2), such credit shall be taken into account in the first taxable year of the eligible project partner ending with, or after, the taxpayer's taxable year with respect to which the credit was determined.

(C)

Treatment of transfer under private use rules

For purposes of section 141(b)(1), any benefit derived by an eligible project partner in connection with an election under this subsection shall not be taken into account as a private business use.

(e)

Basis adjustment

For purposes of this subtitle, if a credit is allowed under this section with respect to any coal-powered electric generation unit, the basis, if any, of such property shall be reduced by the amount of the credit so allowed.

(f)

Termination

This section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, and ending before January 1, 2023.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 501(c)(12)(I) is amended by inserting or 45T(d)(1) after section 45J(e)(I).

(c)

Credit To be part of general business credit

(1)

In general

Section 38(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking plus at the end of paragraph (36), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (37) and inserting , plus, and by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(38)

the coal-powered electric generation unit credit determined under section 45T(a).

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(2)

Credit allowed against alternative minimum tax

Subparagraph (B) of section 38(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(A)

by redesignating clauses (x), (xi), and (xii) as clauses (xi), (xii), and (xiii), respectively; and

(B)

by inserting after clause (ix) the following new clause:

(x)

the credit determined under section 45T,

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(d)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 45T. Coal-powered electric generation unit credit.

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