IRS issues guidance for energy communities and the bonus credit program under the Inflation Reduction Act


IR-2024-77, March 22, 2024

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2024-30 PDF that expands certain rules for determining what an energy community is for the production and investment tax credits.

The IRS also released Appendix 1 PDF, identifying additional Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and non-MSAs that meet the Fossil Fuel Employment threshold, and Appendix 2 PDF, identifying additional MSAs and non-MSAs that qualify as energy communities in 2023 by meeting the Fossil Fuel Employment threshold and the unemployment rate requirement for calendar year 2022.

The Inflation Reduction Act allows for increased credit amounts or rates if certain requirements pertaining to energy communities are satisfied.

There are three categories of energy communities:

  • Brownfield sites,
  • Certain metropolitan statistical areas and non-metropolitan statistical areas based on unemployment rates (MSA/non-MSA), and
  • Census tracts where a coal mine closed after 1999 or where a coal-fired electric generating unit was retired after 2009 (and directly adjoining census tracts).

The increased credit amount or rate available for meeting the requirements of the energy community provisions is generally 10 percent for the production tax credit and 2 percentage points for the investment tax credit. If prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements or certain other requirements are met, 10 percentage points.

This notice expands the Nameplate Capacity Attribution Rule in Notice 2023-29 PDF to include additional attribution property. It also adds two 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry codes to the table in section 3.03(2) of Notice 2023-29 for purposes of determining the Fossil Fuel Employment rate.

The IRS also updated the frequently asked questions for energy communities.

More information can be found on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 page on