The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony today on energy tax policy in the first committee hearing on this topic in the 114th Congress. In his opening statement, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said he supports an “all-of-the-above approach” to energy policy and is in favor of promoting alternative energy sources, but does not think the cost of existing energy sources should be increased in order to achieve that goal. Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) urged the extension of tax incentives for renewable energy technologies that were left out of the 2015 tax extenders package. He also called for a new technology-neutral approach on energy policy that includes just three incentives “built around simple, clear goals – cleaner energy, cleaner transportation, and energy efficiency.”

The witnesses included:

  • Dr. Benjamin Zycher, American Enterprise Institute

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  • Karen Alderman Harbert, United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy

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  • Steve Miller, Bulk Handling Systems

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  • Susan Kennedy, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

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