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Developers Turn to Tax Opinion Insurance to Solve the “Starting Physical Work of a Significant Nature” PTC Eligibility Issue

Industry reports suggest that three developers have purchased tax opinion insurance to provide financial assurance to tax equity investors that their projects will be production tax credit (“PTC”) eligible. Use of this...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 2

We hope you enjoy Bernstein Shur’s second edition of The Construction Advantage. This newsletter will provide you with insight into the current legal issues in construction, news and updates. Our goal is to provide practical...more

PA Tax Law News: December 2013 -- Sales Tax - Mine Site Preparation

On November 15th, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue updated and reissued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2012-01, addressing sales and use tax issues with respect to drilling site preparation in the Marcellus Shale. As...more

UK Bribery: Construction in the Cross-Hairs

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has made clear that its anti-bribery investigations are focussed on two industries in particular: construction and energy. Construction firms especially are under-prepared for the risks which...more

Federal Court Finds Maryland’s Long-Term Contract for Differences Unconstitutional

On September 30, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued its decision in PPL Energyplus, LLC v. Nazarian. The case has been watched by many for its potential implications with respect to...more

Washington Energy Update - August/September 2013

In This Issue: - DOE Announces Fourth Authorization for LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations. Does This Mean Full Steam Ahead? - FERC Addresses ISO-NE Capacity Supply Obligations, Walks a Fine Line Between Generator...more

New Beginning Construction Guidance Notice 2013-60

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) published Notice 2013-29, providing guidance on what it means to “begin construction” for purposes of the recent extension of the 2.3 cent-per-kilowatt-hour...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on When Construction Begins for Purposes of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued additional guidance relating to when construction begins with respect to wind and other qualified facilities for purposes of the production tax credit and investment tax credit. ...more

Energy Law Alert: IRS Releases Notice 2013-60 With Additional Guidance For PTC/ITC Qualification

Late in the day on September 24, the IRS released a formal Notice addressing the Begun Construction requirements to qualify for the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit. Notice 2013-60 clarifies an earlier Notice...more

Additional IRS Guidance on “Beginning of Construction” for ATRA 2012 Tax Credit Extensions

The IRS has released additional guidance (IRS Notice 2013-60) on satisfying the new “beginning of construction” requirement for the renewable energy production tax credit under Code Section 45 (PTC) and energy investment tax...more

IRS Clarifies Guidance on Beginning Construction of a Qualified Energy Facility for Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax...

A qualified facility is eligible to receive a renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) or an energy investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC if construction of the facility begins before January 1, 2014....more

IRS Notice 2013-60 Clarifies Rules on Beginning of Construction

On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released Notice 2013-60, which clarifies in important ways the eligibility rules applicable to the investment tax credit (“ITC”) and production tax...more

IRS Updates Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Guidance

On September 20, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-60, which provides additional guidance that will help developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities meet the beginning of construction...more

IRS Clarifies “Begun Construction” Guidance for PTC and ITC Eligibility (Notice 2013-29)

On September 20, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-60, which clarifies the IRS’s original guidance regarding the eligibility requirements for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) for certain...more

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

Savings, Solar, And Shade - Taking Advantage of Arizona’s Public School District Energy Contract Statutes

Arizona has abundant sun and heat. What it does not have in abundance is funding for school districts to construct any facilities or to pay ever increasing utility bills. Many districts are struggling to find the...more

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Rejects Agreement on Offshore Wind Project

On July 19, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Utilities (the Board) rejected a stipulated agreement that would have allowed New Jersey’s first offshore wind energy project to move forward. The Board’s failure to approve the...more

California’s Prompt Payment Laws – Would You Like That With Non-Fat, Soy, Foam, No Foam . . . ?

California’s prompt payment laws are scattered throughout the state’s Business and Professions Code, Public Contracts Code and Civil Code, and their applicability varies depending on the type of project, the type of payment,...more

Weathering The Storm Of An Owner Or General Contractor Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy court is often the “court of bad news” for creditors. ...more

Unwelcome Outcomes For Organisations That Fail To Take Into Account Climate Legal Risk (Australia)

We recently provided a client update on the Queensland Planning and Environment Court decision of Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors1 (view here). The decision in Rainbow Shores provides an example of what...more

Broad Form Indemnities In Construction Contracts

Indemnifying someone for their own negligence is a tough pill to swallow. ...more

Competition Issues In Resources Projects - Sharing Infrastructure (Australia)

INTRODUCTION - Users of open access supply chains frequently seek to collectively negotiate various arrangements between themselves and with the supply chain operator. These negotiations and subsequent agreements often...more

2013 Maryland General Assembly Passes Bills Affecting Construction Industry

A number of bills were passed during the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 legislative session that will impact certain sectors of the construction industry. Ober|Kaler has put together brief summaries of certain bills from...more

Tax Law Alert: Alaska Legislature Lowers Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates, Amends Incentives

Senate Bill 21, which was recently signed into law, significantly alters Alaska's Oil and Gas Production Tax regime. Although discussions regarding this law have largely been focused on North Slope activity, other areas of...more

Arbitration vs. Bench Trial

Arbitration clauses are very common in contracts in the construction and energy industries. Many industry players reflexively insist on arbitration despite its pitfalls. ...more

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