Edward Zaelke

Edward Zaelke

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Proposed Rule to Revise its Bald and Golden Eagle Regulations

On May 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a proposed rule titled Eagle Permits; Revisions to Regulations for Eagle Incidental Take and Take of Eagle Nests, which seeks to revise the Service’s bald and...more

5/9/2016 - Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Comment Period Incidental Take Permits NEPA Proposed Regulation US Fish and Wildlife Service

2015 Energy Year in Review

Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has released its “2015 Energy Year in Review,” which examines the current state of the global energy market and highlights the energy matters with which the firm was involved last year in...more

3/29/2016 - Energy Projects Energy Sector Natural Resources Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

Solar and Wind Tax Credits Benefit from Proposed Compromise on Government Spending Bill

Tuesday night, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other congressional leaders released a proposed legislative compromise that would fund the government through September 30, 2016, extend tax credits for solar and wind projects and...more

12/17/2015 - Appropriations Bill Construction Industry Popular Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Credits Wind Power

California Legislature Boosts Renewables Portfolio Standard to 50 Percent and Increases Energy Efficiency Goals; Balks at...

Following a raucous debate fueled by intense lobbying by environmental organizations and the oil industry, the California Legislature has approved an ambitious plan by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to boost targets for renewable...more

9/23/2015 - CAISO Energy & Climate Debates Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions ISOs New Legislation Oil & Gas Power Purchase Agreements Public Policy Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard Solar Energy Transmission Lines Utilities Sector

IRS Publishes Favorable Guidance on PTC “Start of Construction” Rules

Today, the IRS published Notice 2015-25 that provides guidance the wind power industry has been waiting for since the extension of the production tax credit (PTC) in December....more

3/12/2015 - Construction Industry Construction Project Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Investment Tax Credits IRS Production Tax Credit

Why the Rush to Form Yieldcos?

In last week’s post, we did an analysis of several recent Yieldcos. As we stated, a number of significant developers in the renewable energy space have either formed Yieldcos, filed for an initial public offering of Yieldco...more

9/5/2014

The Yield Created by the Yieldco

In our post on August 19, “Yieldcos – The New “Promised Land” of the Renewable Energy Space?”, we explored the Yieldco structure and why some renewable energy companies are considering them. We will now turn our attention to...more

8/27/2014 - Funding IPO REIT Renewable Energy YieldCos

Yieldcos – The New “Promised Land” of the Renewable Energy Space?

For the most part, with the exception of a limited number of projects referred to as “community wind,” America’s roughly 70,000 MW of installed utility scale wind and solar projects are owned directly or through subsidiaries...more

8/20/2014 - Renewable Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

IRS Finally Releases Clarifications to PTC “Start of Construction” Guidance

On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-46, which clarifies the rules for a wind project to be deemed to have started construction in 2013 as is necessary to be eligible for production tax credits...more

8/11/2014 - Construction Site Energy Energy Projects Final Rules Investment Tax Credits IRS Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Sustainable Projects Tax Credits Wind Farm Wind Power

Treasury Proposes REIT Solar Regulations but Excludes Most Common Transactions

On the same day as President Obama’s speech championing solar, the Department of the Treasury proposed regulations defining “real estate assets” for purposes of the definition of a real estate investment trust (REIT). The...more

5/13/2014 - Barack Obama MLPs Partnership Agreements Publicly-Traded Companies Real Estate Investments REIT Solar Panels U.S. Treasury

Baucus Post-2016 Proposal: No Change to PTC & ITC Reduced to 20 Percent

Today, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus (D-MT), released his proposal for energy tax incentives as part of overall tax reform. The proposal is thoughtful and merits serious consideration by the...more

12/19/2013 - Energy Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Greenhouse Gas Emissions Investment Tax Credits Master Limited Partnerships Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Incentives Tax Reform Wind Power

California Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Framework

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted the country’s first energy storage procurement targets requiring utilities to integrate energy storage resources into the state’s electricity grid. Pursuant to the...more

10/23/2013 - CPUC Energy Grid Energy Storage Infrastructure Public Procurement Policies Utilities Sector

IRS Provides Helpful Clarification to PTC “Start of Construction” Rules

On September 20th, the IRS in Notice 2013-60 clarified three critical issues in its guidance as to whether a wind project (or other type production tax credit (PTC) eligible project) is considered to have “started...more

9/23/2013 - Construction Contracts IRS Production Tax Credit Tax Credits

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