‘Offensive’: Manchin slams Biden’s offshore wind incentive

By Timothy Cama | 03/25/2024 01:32 PM EDT

The Energy and Natural Resources chair said the new Treasury guidance “spits in the face of true energy communities.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is seen Friday. He is once again assailing the Biden administration over its implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Sen. Joe Manchin is criticizing the Biden administration’s new tax credit guidance for offshore wind projects, labeling it “one of the most offensive violations” of the 2022 climate change law.

Manchin (D-W.Va.), the chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a chief author of the Inflation Reduction Act, said the provision the Treasury Department is relying on for the Friday announcement was meant for his home state and other areas hurt by the energy transition, not offshore wind.

“Not only does this action drive the cost of the IRA up, it spits in the face of true energy communities that need the investment and jobs,” he said in a late Friday statement following Treasury’s announcement.


“The Administration is yet again implementing a very different bill than what we agreed upon in good faith and passed, and this is one of the most offensive violations of the IRA that I’ve seen yet,” he said.