WASHINGTON, D.C. ñU.S. Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Chris Gibson (R-NY)  today introduced bipartisan legislation in support of an ìall of the aboveî energy approach. H.R. 1696, the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act will modify the federal tax code to make it easier and more attractive for private capital to invest in renewable energy.

ìWe need an all-the-above approach to Americaís energy future,î said Thompson. ìThis bill levels the playing field by freeing up money for private investment in renewable energy.  It will help us create jobs, strengthen our national security, reduce our dependency on foreign oil and move closer to energy independence.î

ìIt is time for the United States to make Middle Eastern turmoil irrelevant to our energy security,î said Poe. ìIn order to do this we must pursue a comprehensive energy strategy that empowers all sources of domestically produced energy. This common-sense bill will do just that. Itís time for Washington to make it easier not harder to produce energy in this countryî

A master limited partnership (MLP) is a business that is taxed as a partnership but whose shares are traded like stock on a market. Because MLPs have access to capital at a lower cost and a more liquid financing, this makes them very attractive to private investment. Currently, only oil, natural gas, coal extraction, and pipeline projects are allowed to qualify for MLPs. This bill would simply amend the federal tax code to allow investment in renewable energy projects in the same way.

Companion legislation, S. 3275, has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

This legislation is endorsed by Third Way, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Biomass Power Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, Advanced Biofuels Association, Offshore Wind Development Coalition, Advanced Ethanol Council and Environmental Entrepreneurs.

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