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This article focuses on environmental due diligence issues in the context of acquiring commercial/industrial real estate or using real property to secure financing. The analysis and risk factors for the acquisition of real...more
On September 19, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) approved a pilot on-bill repayment program that permits nonresidential customers of the state’s large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to...more
Renewable Energy Focus - Why aren't there more solar plants in the desert? -- The Huffington Post - Business - Jul 2:
The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to...more
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” which was first implemented in 1949, is the process of fracturing layers of rock beneath the earth’s surface with highly pressurized liquid resulting in the release of fossil fuels such as...more
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) programs, for residential and commercial properties, were in development throughout the United States when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) sought to impose limits on...more
A Louisiana lessee does not owe its lessor royalties based on hedging profits, said a federal district court in Cimarex Energy Co. v. Chastant. ...more
The California Legislature adopted Section 25402.10 of the California Public Resources Code in 2007. The Code requires each nonresidential building owner throughout the state to document and disclose a building’s energy use...more
Beginning, July 1, 2013, all California commercial buildings with a total gross floor area of more than 50,000 square feet are required to disclose the building's energy usage in advance of any sale, lease, or financing of...more
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, and expected to be quickly signed into law by the President, includes important extensions and changes to certain energy tax credit...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently revoked Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201214007, which found that facility-specific power purchase agreements (PPAs) are considered part of the underlying wind energy facilities and,...more
On 5 December 2012, George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Autumn Statement.
The Statement contained several key implications for the property industry, examined below:
TAX AND FUNDING...more
In furtherance of its ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency, California has implemented a new requirement that owners or operators of non-residential buildings disclose a building’s past energy use data to prospective...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - Green building benefits 'need better documentation'; LEED rating system grows into global phenomenon; CBRE puts up $1M to fund green building research; AIA commits to develop public...more
Legislation introduced in the United States Senate would establish a program offering as much as $50 million per year to assist nonprofit organizations wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings....more
Following announcements earlier this year, the Government has issued draft legislation for public consultation proposing to reduce the final withholding tax rate for certain managed investment trusts (MITs) from 15% to 10%....more
California has instituted a new and unusual requirement that obligates virtually all commercial landowners to disclose a property’s past energy use to potential buyers, tenants and lenders. Any person or company owning...more
The purpose of this white paper is to discuss key concepts in energy efficiency finance, with a focus on emerging solutions to long-standing barriers to financing projects in the United States, as well as the specific...more
Greenbuild 2011 featured the first "Green Jobs Forum", bringing to together a diverse group from industry and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities for green job creation. A summary of the opening remarks...more
In This Issue:
p1 HEADNOTE: Olympic Countdown
p2 BRIBERY: The Bribery Act and the Real Estate Industry
p5 SEWERS: Automatic Adoption of Private Sewers
p6 LANDLORD AND TENANT: Vacant Possession and Break...more
Three major sectors of the American economy — industrial, residential, and commercial — are ripe for tremendous energy savings. McKinsey & Company estimates1 that by 2020, capturing the economy’s full efficiency potential...more
IN THIS ISSUE: What is Happening with the Federal Estate Tax?- Estate Planning and Marcellus Shale- Using IRA Proceeds to Invest in Real Estate and Other Alternative Investment Vehicles.
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