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Energy Policy and Tax Policy Are Inseparable

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama championed our nation's energy policy and the tremendous progress that has been made in the development and production of fossil fuels, especially natural gas. The...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves PTC Extension Through 2015

Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved and reported the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act. It includes an extension of the 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour production tax credit for wind for...more

The First Dish is Served: Chairman Camp Unveils Comprehensive Tax Reform Discussion Draft

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Chairman Camp released his proposal in discussion draft form, and the bill was not officially...more

Congress Considers Clean Energy “Tax Extenders”

Senate Finance Committee to Mark Up Extenders Package - Three months after dozens of individual and business tax provisions expired, the Senate Finance Committee is poised to mark-up a bill tomorrow that would extend...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Debates Continue Over Taxes And Fees On Hydraulic Fracturing In Ohio And Pennsylvania

In exchange for a $2.6 billion cut to Ohio’s state income taxes, Gov. John Kasich has proposed a package of tax increases in other areas. Included among those increases would be the gradual implementation of a 2.75 percent...more

Obama’s Plan to Ax the Solar Investment Tax Credit

In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, he said: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. Let’s continue that...more

Ohio House Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Substitute House Bill 375

On February 12, 2014, Ohio House Ways and Means Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Gary Scherer offered a substitute House Bill 375 to the Ways and Means Committee, including significant amendments from the prior version of House Bill...more

ML Strategies’ Energy and Environment Weekly Update – Week of March 3, 2014

With the reintroduction of energy efficiency legislation and a first move on comprehensive tax reform, energy issues received significant attention in Washington last week. They will continue to garner consideration this week...more

House Ways and Means Tax Reform Proposal Dramatically Changes Energy Tax Landscape

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited tax reform discussion draft, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. To achieve his goal of lower individual and corporate tax rates,...more

Will Wyden Recharge the Batteries on the Finance Committee’s Energy Tax Reform Proposal?

In late 2013, the Senate Finance Committee released a tax reform staff discussion draft on energy (the “energy draft”) as part of a series of tax reform proposals. According to Committee staff, the energy draft “proposes a...more

2014 Legislative Session Preview

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adjournment date and the forthcoming Election Day for...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 18, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office; International; States; and...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of February 10, 2014

With Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT) confirmation February 6 to be the next Ambassador to China, the committee leadership shuffle begins. In advance of the moves, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are beginning to...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - February 7, 2014

This Wednesday the General Assembly met in joint session to elect the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Judge of the Administrative Law Court, several circuit court and family court judges, other boards...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

Michigan Lawmakers Evaluate Lower Severance Tax and Infrastructure Bills for Carbon Dioxide-Injected Oil and Gas Wells

While legislation driven by the rapid growth of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has dominated oil and gas legislation in recent years, this week, Michigan lawmakers considered bills to enhance viability of other...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 29, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Congressional Research Service on PTC and Other Tax Extenders

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a whitepaper addressing the tax provisions that lapsed at the end of 2013. The whitepaper is available below. Of particular interest to the renewable energy industry is the...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of January 27, 2014

While Congress was in recess last week, many Obama Administration and Congressional officials traveled to Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. About a third of the panels addressed climate...more

Ohio Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Horizontal Drilling Tax Proposal

On January 8 and 15, 2014 the Ohio House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee received testimony on House Bill 375 (“HB 375” or the “Bill”). The Bill, previously reported on this blog, would introduce a new tax on...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2014

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

A Snapshot Of Baucus's Vision For Energy Tax Incentives

On Dec. 18, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to reform U.S. energy tax incentives. The proposed energy tax incentives are a simpler set of incentives...more

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