2019-11810. Credit for Renewable Electricity Production and Refined Coal Production, and Publication of Inflation Adjustment Factor and Reference Prices for Calendar Year 2019  

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    AGENCY:

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The 2019 inflation adjustment factor and reference prices are used in determining the availability of the credit for renewable electricity production and refined coal production under section 45. As of October 2, 2018, the credit period for small irrigation power electricity production expired.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Martha M. Garcia, CC:PSI:6, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224, (202) 317-6853 (not a toll-free number).

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Publication of inflation adjustment factor and reference prices for calendar year 2019 as required by sections 45(e)(2)(A) (26 U.S.C. 45(e)(2)(A)) and 45(e)(8)(C) (26 U.S.C. 45(e)(8)(C)) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    The 2019 inflation adjustment factor and reference prices apply to calendar year 2019 sales of kilowatt hours of electricity produced in the United States or a possession thereof from qualified energy resources and to 2019 sales of refined coal produced in the United States or a possession thereof.

    Inflation Adjustment Factor: The inflation adjustment factor for calendar year 2019 for qualified energy resources and refined coal is 1.6396.

    Reference Prices: The reference price for calendar year 2019 for facilities producing electricity from wind is 5.18 cents per kilowatt hour. The reference prices for fuel used as feedstock within the meaning of section 45(c)(7)(A) (relating to refined coal production) are $31.90 per ton for calendar year 2002 and $49.23 per ton for calendar year 2019. The reference prices for facilities producing electricity from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower production, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy have not been determined for calendar year 2019.

    Phaseout Calculation: Because the 2019 reference price for electricity produced from wind (5.18 cents per kilowatt hour) does not exceed 8 cents multiplied by the inflation adjustment factor (1.6396), the phaseout of the credit provided in section 45(b)(1) does not apply to such electricity sold during calendar year 2019. Because the 2019 reference price of fuel used as feedstock for refined coal ($49.23) does not exceed $88.92 (which is the $31.90 reference price of such fuel in 2002 multiplied by the inflation adjustment factor (1.6396) and 1.7), the phaseout of the credit provided in section 45(e)(8)(B) does not apply to refined coal sold during calendar year 2019. Further, for electricity produced from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower production, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy, the phaseout of the credit provided in section 45(b)(1) does not apply to such electricity sold during calendar year 2019.

    Credit Amount by Qualified Energy Resource and Facility and Refined Coal: As required by section 45(b)(2), the 1.5 cent amount in section 45(a)(1) and the $4.375 amount in section 45(e)(8)(A) are each adjusted by multiplying such amount by the inflation adjustment factor for the calendar year in which the sale occurs. If any amount as increased under the preceding sentence is not a multiple of 0.1 cent, such amount is rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.1 cent. In the case of electricity produced in open-loop biomass facilities, landfill gas facilities, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facilities, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities, section 45(b)(4)(A) requires the amount in effect under section 45(a)(1) (before rounding to the nearest 0.1 cent) to be reduced by one-half. Under the calculation required by section 45(b)(2), the credit for renewable electricity production for calendar year 2019 under section 45(a) is 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour on the sale of electricity produced from the qualified energy Start Printed Page 26509resources of wind, closed-loop biomass, and geothermal energy, and 1.2 cents per kilowatt hour on the sale of electricity produced in open-loop biomass facilities, landfill gas facilities, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facilities, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities. Under the calculation required by section 45(b)(2), the credit for refined coal production for calendar year 2019 under section 45(e)(8)(A) is $7.173 per ton on the sale of qualified refined coal.

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    Christopher T. Kelley,

    Special Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries).

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    [FR Doc. 2019-11810 Filed 6-5-19; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 4830-01-P

Document Information

Published:
06/06/2019
Department:
Treasury Department
Agency:
Internal Revenue Service
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2019-11810
Pages:
26508-26509 (2 pages)
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-11810.pdf