OPEI Supports Tax Credit

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The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has announced its support of legislation from U.S. Senators Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch that provides consumers with a 25% tax credit towards the purchase of alternative energy powered lawn, garden, and forestry power equipment.

According to the Leahy, Sanders and Welch offices, this “tax credit to purchase clean lawn and garden equipment would give Americans a powerful incentive to operate clean, alternative energy power equipment that will reduce our dependence on imported oil.”

At the same time, gasoline powered equipment uses the latest technologies to produce the cleanest, lowest emission products ever and is fully regulated by the EPA. The agency began regulating outdoor power equipment emissions with its Phase I in 1997, followed by Phase II in 2002.  In August, 2008 EPA announced its Phase III emissions regulations for outdoor power equipment.  Once fully implemented, the outdoor power equipment industry will have reduced emissions by 95% in just 15 years since it first became regulated.

“We are pleased to support this new tax credit that truly incentivizes consumers to seek out a range of alternative energy sources when operating outdoor power equipment,” says Kris Kiser, Executive VP at OPEI. “Our members are responding to stated public policy that aims for energy independence with innovative, technology-driven product.”

Product purchases that qualify for the 25% tax credit include equipment that:
•    is powered by a motor drawing current from solar, electricity, or rechargeable or replacement batteries,
•    has a hybrid-electric drive train and/or cutting system powered by a generator or electrical storage device combined with a small engine, or
•    is powered by alternative power sources and regulated by the EPA.