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New renewables lobbyists

Nick Sobczyk
Apr 25, 2023
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The American Clean Power Association has tapped former GOP and Joe Manchin aides to lobby on IRA implementation and tax policy.

Why it matters: It's a crucial time for the renewables industry, which is wading into wonky fights over the specifics of various IRA tax incentives.

Driving the news: The renewables trade group is bringing in Cornerstone Government Affairs to dig into the IRA, according to a registration form filed last week.

  • That includes Sarah Venuto, Manchin's former Energy and Natural Resources staff director.
  • Venuto also has experience lobbying for Duke Energy and the natural gas industry, and was director of the Office of External Affairs at FERC before joining Cornerstone in February.
  • Also on the list is Christopher Hodgson, a former high-ranking staffer for Steve Scalise, and John Sandell, a one-time tax counsel for the GOP on Ways and Means.
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