Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Thompson receives public service award

- By Thomas Gase tgase@timesheral­donline.com

Last week, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) received the American Public Power Associatio­n's Public Service Award at APPA's Legislativ­e Rally in Washington, D.C.

Thompson was honored by APPA for exceptiona­l leadership on numerous issues of importance to public power — particular­ly his vital role on the House Ways and Means Committee helping public power utilities obtain direct pay credits to develop cleaner energy resources.

“I am honored to receive the 2023 Public Service

Award from American Public Power Associatio­n for my success with the GREEN Act, which was part of the Inflation Reduction Act,” said Thompson in a news release. “This historic law is going to help public utilities access vital resources they have historical­ly been unable to receive to aid their transition to clean and renewable energy. Climate change is a major threat to our country and world, and with the provisions of the Inflation

Reduction Act, we're going to accelerate the transition and lower energy costs for consumers.”

APPA Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Communicat­ions & General Counsel Desmarie Waterhouse said Thompson's leadership on the direct pay issue has been critical.

“The direct pay incentives that became law in the Inflation Reduction Act are truly game-changing for our industry,” Waterhouse said. “We are incredibly grateful to Rep. Thompson for his role in pushing our industry forward while creating jobs and growing the economy.”

Thompson's GREEN Act was included in the Inflation Reduction Act. These investment­s include:

• Clean Power: 10 plus years of tax credits for renewable technologi­es such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower, including credits targeted to low-income communitie­s, affordable housing and community solar.

• Grid Resiliency: New tax credits for batteries and other energy storage technologi­es to enable renewable technologi­es and make our grids more resilient to disasters and blackouts.

• Energy Efficiency: 10 years of tax credits for energy efficiency, from helping homeowners afford electric and efficient heating and cooling equipment to incentiviz­ing energy efficient homes and commercial buildings.

• Clean Fuels: Credits to promote low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel and to tackle one of the hardest to decarboniz­e sectors, aviation, through a new credit for sustainabl­e aviation fuel.

• Clean Vehicles: 10years of tax credits for electric, fuelcell and hybrid vehicles, including credits to make used vehicles more affordable for low- and moderate-income individual­s and to clean up the air by getting more clean delivery vans, trucks and buses on the road.

• Clean Manufactur­ing and

Industry: Over $35billion in investment­s in clean manufactur­ing to ensure that our energy transition is built on strong domestic supply chains and investment­s to help industrial facilities be cleaner, including by investing in clean hydrogen.

• Good Jobs: Labor standards throughout key provisions to ensure that our clean energy future is built with good-paying jobs.

• Polluters Pay: Building on the Infrastruc­ture Investment and Jobs Act, reinstates the Superfund tax on oil producers and importers in order to pay for environmen­tal cleanup, rather than putting the onus on overburden­ed communitie­s.

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