The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would reinstate an Obama-era program that provides financial incentives to help homeowners build wind farms.
The bill would end the federal Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit program that helped fund wind farms, while also extending it to wind farms in states where the tax credit is not available.
The measure also would rein in the tax credits for wind farms that are in states that do not have any renewable energy incentives, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
It’s the latest sign of the White House’s determination to keep the subsidies in place, even as the president is pushing to end them in the 2018 midterm elections.
The Senate passed the bill on a party-line vote of 52-47.
The House passed it on a bipartisan vote of 289-143 on Thursday.
The legislation also would extend the program for 30 years, to 2021.
Republicans say the subsidies are vital to keeping the American economy growing, and they oppose any federal funding for wind energy in the near future.
Democrats have opposed the program, arguing that wind energy is a form of dirty fossil fuel, a politically charged issue that’s helped fuel Republican candidates.