Coons, Moran introduce bi-partisan Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, to expand financing for bioenergy

June 8, 2012 |

In Washington,  U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation to give investors in renewable-energy projects access to a tax advantage now available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act is a straightforward, powerful tweak to the federal tax code that could unleash significant private capital by helping additional energy-generation and renewable fuels companies form master limited partnerships, which combine the funding advantages of corporations and the tax advantages of partnerships.

A master limited partnership (MLP) is a business structure that is taxed as a partnership, but whose ownership interests are traded like corporate stock on a market. By statute, MLPs have only been available to investors in energy portfolios for oil, natural gas, coal extraction, and pipeline projects. These projects get access to capital at a lower cost and are more liquid than traditional financing approaches to energy projects, making them highly effective at attracting private investment. Investors in renewable energy projects.

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