Herds and Whey: Lawmakers Urge Broader Tax Credit for Biogas Plants

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Farmers can harness gas from everything from cow manure to crushed grape skins and take a tax credit when they turn it into electricity. Sell the gas directly into pipelines, though, and tax credits evaporate.
A few lawmakers in Congress are trying to change the U.S. tax code to allow tax credits for gas plants built to produce natural gas that isn't necessarily used for electricity.
So far, much of the effort is focused on two states with big dairy industries—New York and Wisconsin—where farmers and biogas producers are looking for ways to make money off manure and byproducts of cheese-making.