Rep. Ron Kind Joins Ways & Means Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Combat Climate Change, Invest in Wisconsin Workforce
Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that he joined his colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee in introducing the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. The bill would help address climate change by promoting the use of green energy technologies and invest in Wisconsin’s workforce by creating new energy credits for manufacturers and bolstering stable, clean, good-paying jobs.
This bill also includes provisions authored by Rep. Kind to provide tax incentives for farmers and rural electric cooperatives who invest in biogas technology. This will allow Wisconsin dairy farms to access affordable installation of biodigesters on their farms and be able to use digesters or other processes to make biogas that is at least 52% methane, adding an immediate new revenue stream for family farms and dramatically decreasing pollution and runoff issues.
“Taking action to combat climate change is crucial, and I’m proud to help introduce legislation to address this pressing issue,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “This bill will expand the use of renewable energy and help tackle climate change, all while incentivizing domestic manufacturing and clean energy jobs for Wisconsin workers. Wisconsinites are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. It’s up to all of us to protect our environment and pass on a better planet to the next generation.”
The GREEN Act:
- Invests in the green workforce by providing tax credits for advanced manufacturing facilities and mechanical insulation installations
- Builds on current successful tax incentives that promote the deployment of green energy technologies, while providing new incentives for activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Encourages residential investments in green energy and energy efficiency
- Expands incentives for energy efficiency and conservation in homes and buildings, with updated standards
Rep. Kind is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the most powerful - and the oldest - committee in the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over tax measures, the management of public debt, trade and tariff laws, Social Security, Medicare, pensions, and many other economic growth measures.