Federal Legislation

Priority bills

 

Coal tax bills

H.R. 5159 - Clean Coal Jobs Act of 2018
Committee - Ways and Means
Sponsors - Cramer (R-ND) and McKinley (R-WV)
Impact to Basin Electric - Basin Electric utilizes the refined coal tax credit at Antelope Valley Station and Laramie River Station
Position - Support

Summary:

  • Extends the refined coal tax credit period from 10 to 20 years for qualified facilities placed in-service before Jan. 1, 2012
  • Allows new facilities to be qualified between Dec. 31, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2021 (eligible for tax credit over 10-year period)
  • Amends section 48A of the Internal Revenue Code to allow carbon capture projects to utilize the Advanced Coal Project investment tax credit
H.R. 5159

H.R. 5159

S. 2373 - Refined Coal Tax Extension
Committee - Finance
Sponsors - Hoeven (R-ND) and Heitkamp (D-ND)
Impact to Basin Electric - Basin Electric utilizes the refined coal tax credit at Antelope Valley Station and Laramie River Station 
Position - Support

Summary: 

  • Extends the refined coal tax credit period from 10 to 20 years for qualified facilities placed in-service before Jan. 1, 2012
  • Allows new facilities to be qualified between Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2021 (eligible for tax credit over 10-year period)
S. 2373

S. 2373

S. 1663 - CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act 
Committee - Finance
Sponsor - Hoeven (R-ND) (Cosponsors - 4)
Impact to Basin Electric - N/A
Position - Support

H.R. 4857 - CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act
Committee - Ways and Means
Sponsor - Cramer (R-ND) (Cosponsors - 6)
Impact to Basin Electric - N/A
Position - Support

Summary: 

  • Aligns IRS guidelines and EPA regulations to provide greater clarity for claiming the section 45Q tax credit for carbon capture utilization and storage
  • Ensures clear, workable guidance for entities wishing to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit
S. 1663

S. 1663

H.R. 4857

H.R. 4857

S. 2256 - Tax Extender Act of 2017
Committee - Finance
Sponsor - Hatch (R-UT) (Cosponsors - 5)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

Summary:

  • Extends various expiring tax incentives that were not included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Includes the text of the CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act (S. 1663/H.R. 4857)
S. 2256

S. 2256

H.R. 5270 - Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act 
Committee - Ways and Means
Sponsor - Buschon (R-LA) (Cosponsors - 14)
Impact to Basin Electric - Basin Electric's coal plants would qualify 
Position - Monitor

S. 2677 - Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act
Committee - Finance 
Sponsor - Capito (R-WV)
Impact to Basin Electric - Basin Electric's coal plants would qualify
Position - Monitor

Summary: 

  • Coal production tax credit bill 
  • Provides a tax credit for coal-fired power plants equal to 30 percent of a plant's operation and maintenance expenses or $13 per kilowatt of the plant's installed generating capacity, whichever is lower
  • Transferable credit available for a 5-year period
H.R. 5270

H.R. 5270

S. 2677

S. 2677

S. 2681 - Energy Reliability Act of 2018
Committee - Finance
Sponsor - Manchin (D-WV)
Impact to Basin Electric - Basin Electric's coal plants would qualify 
Position - Monitor 

Summary: 

  • Coal production tax credit bill 
  • Provides a tax credit for coal-fired power plants equal to the lesser of 30 percent of a plant's operation and maintenance expenses or $13 per kilowatt of the plant's installed generating capacity 
  • Transferable credit available for a 5-year period 
  • Requires eligible facilities to be compliant with all federal environmental regulations
S. 2681

S. 2681

Coal policy bills

S. 2602 - USE IT Act 
Committee - Environment and Public Works
Sponsor - Barrasso (R-WY) (Cosponsors - 5)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

Summary: 

  • Provides incentives for the utilization of carbon dioxide emissions 
  • Enhances research into direct air capture of carbon dioxide 
  • Establishes a permitting process to develop carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines 
S. 2602

S. 2602

S. 2803 - Fossil Energy Utilization, Enhancement, and Leadership Act of 2018
Committee - Energy and Natural Resources
Sponsor - Manchin (D-WV) and Heitkamp (D-ND)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Monitor

Summary:

  • Establishes a federal coal technology program
  • Follows the Carbon Utilization Research Councils 2018 roadmap
  • Includes price stabilization provisions
  • Includes Rare earth elements
S. 2803

S. 2803

H.R. 5745 - Fossil Energy Research and Development Act of 2018
Committee - Science
Sponsor - Veasey (D-TX) and McKinley (R-WV)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Monitor

Summary: 

  • Establishes a new carbon capture technology program for power systems within DOE
  • Establishes a carbon storage research program within DOE
  • Requires DOE to advance large-scale demonstrations of both carbon capture and carbon sequestration technologies 
H.R. 5745

H.R. 5745

New Source Review

H.R. 3127 - Exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification 
Committee - Energy and Commerce 
Sponsor - Griffith (R-VA) (Cosponsors - 18)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

S. 2760 - Exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification 
Committee - Environment and Public Works
Sponsor - Paul (R-KY)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

Summary: 

  • Clarifies the Clean Air Act to give utilities certainty on which types of projects will trigger New Source Review
H.R. 3127

H.R. 3127

S. 2760

S. 2760

H.R. 3128 - Clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification 
Committee - Energy and Commerce
Sponsor - Griffith (R-VA) (Cosponsors - 18)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

S. 2761 - Clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification 
Committee - Environment and Public Works
Sponsor - Paul (R-KY)
Impact to Basin Electric - TBD
Position - Support

Summary: 

  • Declares a new procedure to be used to determine if an increase in emissions has occurred 
H.R. 3128

H.R. 3128

S. 2761

S. 2761

PURPA

H.R. 4476 - PURPA Modernization Act
Committee - Energy and Commerce
Sponsor - Walberg (R-MI) (Cosponsors - 5)
Impact to Basin Electric - Simplifies PURPA compliance
Position - Support 

Summary: 

  • Authorizes state regulators or cooperative boards to waive PUPRA's mandatory purchase obligation if the additional power is not required to meet customers' electricity needs
  • Requires more PURPA resources to participate in energy markets by lowering the threshold from 20 megawatts to 2.5 megawatts
  • Prevents abuse of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's one-mile rule
H.R. 4476

H.R. 4476

S. 2776 - UPDATE PURPA Act 
Committee - Energy and Natural Resources
Sponsor - Barrasso (R-WY) and Risch (R-ID)
Impact to Basin Electric - Simplifies PURPA compliance
Position - Support

Summary:

  • Authorizes state regulators or cooperative boards to waive PURPA's mandatory purchase obligation if the additional power is not required to meet customers' electricity needs
  • Requires more PURPA resources to participate in energy markets by lowering the threshold from 20 megawatts to 2.5 megawatts
  • Prevents abuse of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's one-mile rule 
S. 2776

S. 2776

Federal legislation