Support energy storage for clean air with SB 77!

Ask legislators on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee to support SB 77 Electric Energy Related Tax Credit!

Batteries and other forms of power storage are quickly becoming integral to the future of our electrical grid. Electric energy storage helps reduce strain on the grid by allowing customers to charge their storage at off-peak hours and discharge during times of high demand. This decreases our reliance on coal and natural gas, allows the energy generated by solar and wind to be better utilized and improves Utah’s emergency preparedness. SB 77 by Sen. Derek Kitchen (D-Salt Lake) encourages the use and innovation of energy storage and of alternative fuel heavy duty vehicles.

Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to ask legislators to vote YES on SB 77.

What would SB 77 Electric Energy Related Tax Credit do?

  • Creates a refundable income tax credit for individuals and corporations to purchase electric energy storage assets, such as batteries.
  • Individuals can receive up to $5000, or 25% of their purchase
  • Corporations can receive up to $100,000, or 10% of their purchase for commercial or industrial use.
  • An amendment allows the credit to additionally be used for the purchase of certain alternative fuel commercial class 8 vehicles (over 33,000lbs), such as tractor trailers and dump trucks.
  • Limits the total tax credits available to up to $5,000,000.

This good bill has passed in the Senate. Ask legislators on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee to vote YES on SB 77!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Electricity storage is beneficial for the grid. By smoothing out power consumption and decreasing demand on the grid during peak hours, storage helps renewable energy function more efficiently and reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Storage creates savings for both industrial and residential customers by allowing them to pay for their power when prices are low.
  • Storage is advancing rapidly: Between 2010 and 2016, the price of storage dropped by over 75%from $1000 per kilowatt-hour to $230 per kilowatt-hour.
  • The energy storage industry is still young and growing. By subsidizing it now, we can accelerate the development of the technology and reap the rewards of affordable and efficient electricity in the future.
  • Electricity storage also improves Utah’s emergency preparedness, providing options for backup and emergency power.
  • An amendment to this bill opens it up to also provide incentives for purchase of certain alternative fuel heavy duty vehicles – vehicles that are currently a major polluter in Utah.
  • A vote for SB 77 is a vote for clean air!
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