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Tonko, Gibson Announce Fuel Cell Tax Credit Legislation Providing Benefits to Plug Power's GenDrive Business

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

LATHAM, N.Y., April 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, hosted Congressman Paul Tonko and Congressman Chris Gibson at its Latham, NY headquarters today. The two Congressmen are partnering on a bipartisan green jobs bill which has been introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 1659 Fuel Cell Industrial Jobs Act of 2011 (). The legislation will improve the current tax credit for fuel cell-powered industrial vehicles. For Plug Power, the expanded credit would cover the electric lift trucks which are powered by its GenDrive® hydrogen fuel cells.

"Plug Power thanks Congressman Tonko and Congressman Gibson for their support of hydrogen fuel cell solutions," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. "During a time when fuel cell and hydrogen funding is experiencing cut backs at the national level, these two Congressmen recognize the commercial benefits fuel cells deliver today, as well as the impact fuel cells have toward our Nation's ongoing efforts for energy independence."

This bill is based on legislation authored by Congressman Tonko last year and introduced into the last session of Congress. Congressman Gibson is supporting the bill as an original co-sponsor. Both Tonko and Gibson have recently toured Plug Power and have historically been strong supporters of the clean energy solutions and green jobs the company brings to the New York State Capital Region.

The progressive legislation announced is intended to amend section 30B of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, also known as the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit (AMVC). The proposed legislation expands the definition of "fuel cell motor vehicle" to include fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles. Changes to the AMVC will provide tax credits for companies to invest in fuel cell-powered industrial vehicles, providing additional economic incentives to Plug Power's customers and industry partners.

The bill also reforms section 48C of the tax code to apply tax credits to material handling fuel cells based on the vehicle's kilowatt capacity. The modifications to section 48C provide a new qualified fuel cell motive property credit based on kilowatt capacity – an objective, widely accepted and verified industry standard measurement.

"With this legislation we make needed changes that will help make it easier for companies to transition to a clean energy alternative that will help them improve productivity and save money," said Congressman Tonko. "It's critical that we take advantage of new technologies that will help green up our energy outcome – and give a boost to an American industry that has a tremendous potential to create thousands of new jobs."

"I firmly believe that an essential part of our economic recovery is providing businesses with clean, reliable, and affordable sources of power," said Congressman Gibson. "Plug Power is a leader here in our backyard in developing clean fuel cell solutions that will increase our energy independence. I have been impressed by the existing forklift technology that Plug Power is already manufacturing as well as the potential future applications for a wide variety of business customers.  As fuel cells commercialize, businesses will be able to access a clean and cost-effective power solution and this legislation will aid that effort." 

GenDrive is a superior alternative to lead-acid batteries as a power source for electric lift trucks. By converting electric lift truck fleet operations to GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell power solutions, customers are able to increase productivity and lower operating costs with only heat and water as a byproduct. Fuel cells allow for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions – up to 90% when compared to electric battery powered units. Extending financial incentives to material handling vehicles will help accelerate and facilitate large-scale conversions to green technology at manufacturing and distribution centers across the country.

About Plug Power Inc.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints.  Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for our key accounts, including Wegmans, Whole Foods, and FedEx Freight.  With more than 1,200 GenDrive units shipped to material handling customers, accumulating over 1.5 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today. Visit us at

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