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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

Project Perspectives - Winter 2014 Edition

In this edition: - Oil and Gas Industry Discussion - The False Claims Act: The Government’s Sword in Cash Grant Audits - Is a 50 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard in California’s Future? -...more

3/25/2014 - Clean Energy Energy Energy Policy Energy Tax Incentives False Claims Act Federal Grants Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy State Taxes Utilities Sector

Electrify Africa Act: Catalyzing Investment Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, 2014, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act, to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, through a comprehensive U.S. government approach to electricity...more

3/12/2014 - Africa Economic Development Energy Foreign Policy Utilities Sector

Energy Storage Week Update

The timing of the 7th Annual Storage Week conference fell during Southern California Edison's review of storage proposals to meet the 50 MW storage mandate for the West Los Angeles Basin planning and the deadline for the...more

2/21/2014 - Energy Grid Energy Storage Procurement Guidelines

Current State of the US Solar Market

Some common themes regarding the current state of the US solar market emerged this week at the Solar Power Generation Congress 2014 in San Diego, where I chaired and moderated the keynote session and the debt finance....more

2/10/2014 - Clean Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

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

California Takes the Lead With Energy Storage Procurement Targets

In a first-of-its-kind move in the United States, a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) order made effective today sets specific energy storage procurement targets for 2020 covering enough power to serve...more

10/21/2013 - CPUC Energy Energy Policy Energy Projects Grid Energy Storage Public Procurement Policies

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

FERC and California Take Steps to Facilitate Markets for Electric Energy Storage

On July 28, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 784, which opens new markets for electric energy storage effective in November 2013. Order 784 reformed FERC’s so-called “Avista Rule,” which...more

8/29/2013 - Energy FERC Grid Energy Storage Power Grid Utilities Sector

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