Fuel Cell Workers Plead for Their Jobs in Open Letter to Trump

  • Employees of Plug Power seeking U.S. tax-credit extention
  • Fuel cells didn’t get tax credits for wind, solar in ‘mistake’

Makers of fuel cells are asking Donald Trump to fix a mistake that left them out of the tax-credit extensions granted to solar and wind power a year ago.

In an open letter to the President-elect posted on an industry group’s website late Monday, dozens of employees of Latham, New York-based Plug Power Inc. appealed to Trump’s willingness to “call out mistakes and fix them” after congressional staff omitted fuel cells and some other technologies from tax-credit extensions approved in December 2015. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at the time that the omission was a drafting error and vowed to fix it, but it hasn’t been resolved.

“We don’t much care how it happened or why, because that isn’t helping to solve the problem,” the Plug employees wrote in the letter. “What it means is that Congress is allowing solar to benefit from an investment tax credit, but our industry is left without a level playing field.”

The employees, who said they voted for Trump, pointed out that “tens of thousands’’ of fuel-cell industry workers are being punished for a problem they didn’t create.

Plug Power employees are doing “everything they can to support an industry with good, well-paying jobs,” the company said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday, urging Congress to include fuel cells in a package of tax credit extensions. Spokesmen for the Trump transition team didn’t immediately reply to an e-mailed inquiry.

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