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Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Senegal's New Mining Code

Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...more

Canada Federal Budget 2017

The Government of Canada has released this year’s Federal Budget, and the Tax group at Dentons has prepared a Special Report providing a detailed analysis and concise summary of the changes featured in the Budget. The Report...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Trump presidency is halfway through its first 100 days. The legislative and executive branches are under a unified Republican government for only the second time since the Eisenhower administration, and the GOP is seeking...more

Indonesian feed-in tariffs – New rules may under-power the renewables sector

Indonesia's new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy present a conundrum. Will renewables flourish or fade in the new revenue environment? Investors will not welcome the lower tariffs under the new regime, but state...more

Prospecting for tax deductions

Earlier this year, the Commissioner of Taxation released TR 2017/1 - Income Tax: deductions for mining and petroleum exploration expenditure (the "Ruling"). The Ruling is the finalised version of TR 2015/D4, issued in...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: The Tax Appeal Should Not Wait

Nothing is certain except death and taxes, unless you own a coal-fired power plant with a shutdown in its future, in which case – with apologies to Ben Franklin – we would also add the certainty of a property tax appeal. Host...more

Oklahoma House Votes for Early Sunset of State Wind PTC

On March 9, 2017, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 2298, which would end the Oklahoma production tax credit for wind energy production three and a half years earlier than current law. This measure was first...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

New Indonesian feed-in tariffs: Will renewables benefit?

In January 2017, the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources introduced new feed-in-tariff (FIT) and procurement schemes for a range of renewable energy sources. The Minister issued a new renewable energy...more

Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District: A Strategic Opportunity?

The Texas Supreme Court recently handed an owner of a Texas oil refinery a significant victory in Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District, No. 15-0492, 2017 WL 727276 (Tex. Feb. 24, 2017). In a...more

President Trump's Address to Congress: The Path Forward for 2017

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to outline the path forward for his 2017 policy agenda. The president’s agenda is ambitious, yet Trump signaled the White House’s desire to work with...more

Oklahoma Gov. Proposes New Tax on Wind, Early End to Wind Tax Credits

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin (R) recently released her proposed 2018 Executive Budget, which includes two new anti-wind tax proposals. The first proposal would end the zero-emission tax credit for wind facilities placed in...more

Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit on February 28, 2017 in Rancho Bernardo, California.  The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables made up majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 6 - Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during...more

GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury...more

CRA Releases New Guidelines Regarding Canadian Exploration Expenses

On the heels of some recent positive legislative changes regarding the tax treatment of environmental study and community consultation costs, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revised its administrative guidelines for the...more

The Conservative Uphill Slog for a Carbon Tax

Earlier this week, the Climate Leadership Council rolled out The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends (note the absence of the “T” word in that title!). It’s a serious proposal and, if we lived in a world of facts, rather...more

Italian Constitutional Court Publishes Grounds of its Decision on the Constitutional Legitimacy of the “Spalma-Incentivi” Decree

On December 7, 2016, the Italian Constitutional Court (the “Constitutional Court”) rejected on appeal the claim that the new state incentives scheme, pursuant to the Italian Law Decree no. 91, dated June 24, 2014, (the...more

Final Regulations on MLP Qualifying Income Provide Clarification

Final regulations issued by the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on January 19, 2017, revealed a set of new rules interpreting “qualifying income” under Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, affecting...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Rev. Proc. 2017-19, 2016-6 I.R.B. (the Rev. Proc.), providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge the tax treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

Cap and Trade Auction Credits: Taxes, Regulatory Fees or “Something Else”? California Third District Court of Appeal Hears...

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Third District heard oral argument last week in the longstanding companion cases challenging the legality of AB 32’s cap and trade auctions. California Chamber of...more

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