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Budget Season: It’s Over, But Not…

The General Appropriations bill was passed on time, with the fiscal code bill quickly following in early July. However, in what was one long hot summer week, both bills sat unsigned on the governor’s desk for the better part...more

International Tax News - July 2014

BITCOIN FORGES AHEAD: 3 QUICK LOOKS - Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system that exists virtually and is unlimited by the constraints of countries, government or time. In an age when business leaps...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Carbon Tax Repeal Places Spotlight on Price Reductions

After months of delay, the Australian Government has passed legislation to repeal Australia's carbon tax and introduce new sanctions against energy and gas refrigerant entities that do not pass on cost savings arising from...more

Counties, Towns and Cities Still In The Cross Hairs

On Wednesday the Senate rolled out a new PCS for HB 1224 - Economic Development Changes that added what lobbyists for local government groups were expecting to be additional authority over local taxes but was instead a...more

PTC “Start of Construction” Clarifying Guidance Expected in a Week or Two

General Electric (GE) stated on its quarterly earnings call today that it expected that the clarification to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) production tax credit (PTC) “start of construction” guidance would be released...more

California Air Resources Board-Commissioned Report Recommends Ways to Avoid Price Volatility in California’s Cap and Trade Market

Concerned about the potential for price volatility in its cap and trade program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) commissioned the Market Simulation Group (MSG) at the University of California Energy Institute to...more

Australian Tax Update: Repeal Of The Carbon Tax - Easy Come Easy Go?

The Federal Government has fulfilled its election promise when the Senate passed the carbon tax repeal legislation on 17 July 2014. The Government achieved the repeal of the carbon tax after 2 weeks of negotiations with the...more

Introduction of the Exploration Development Incentive

In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government announced that it would introduce Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) tax credits to encourage and stimulate growth in the junior mining industry. This is a simpler approach to...more

Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Decision to Impose Tariff on Solar Panels Imported From China

Some U.S. solar equipment manufacturers have lauded the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to impose high tariffs on solar panels imported from China as the end of China’s unfair market advantage; however, from the...more

Solar City and Sunrun File Suit Challenging Arizona Property Tax on Leased Solar Systems

Solar City Corporation and Sunrun Inc. (collectively, the “Companies”) filed suit on June 30, 2014 challenging the Arizona Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) position that certain solar systems owned by the Companies (the...more

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible...more

Sound Bites from REFF Wall Street

The Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street was held on June 25 and 26. Below are selected sound bites about YieldCos, tax equity and the capital markets opportunities for renewables. This post was prepared without the...more

Tennessee – 2014 Legislative Highlights

Effective January 1, 2015, the method of issuing tax assessments and the informal conference process available to taxpayers will be revamped. 2014 Tenn. Pub. Acts 854. Touted as being more taxpayer-friendly, the two most...more

SB 871 Bumps Back Repeal of Solar Energy Exclusion by Eight Years

Solar Energy Systems Will Continue to Be Excluded from Full Cash Value of Real Property - A new law extending the exclusion of solar energy systems from affecting the full cash value of real property for taxation...more

California Senate and Assembly Vote to Extend Property Tax Exclusion for Solar

In furtherance of California’s commitment to renewable solar energy, the California Senate and Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 871 (SB 871) which, if signed, would extend the sunset date on the existing property tax...more

Italian Government Cuts Incentives for Photovoltaic Plants

The final wording is not yet official, and there may still be some last minute changes before its publication in the Official Gazette, but the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance felt certain...more

IRS Creates Narrow Distributed Generation Wind Opportunity for REITs

The IRS has opened the door a crack for real estate investment trusts (REITs) to be the lessors of wind projects. To qualify as a REIT, a corporation must satisfy a series of complicated tests that require the...more

Abengoa Yield PLC Highlights From IPO

Abengoa Yield plc began trading on the NASDAQ on June 13th. The Form F-1 (the equivalent of a form S-1 for a foreign issuer) is available below. The IPO was priced at $29 a share. This was above the expected range of $25 to...more

IRS Issues Notice on the Cash Grant Sequestration and Tax Attributes

Yesterday, the IRS issued a notice confirming the effects of the Cash Grant sequestration with respect to the tax attributes associated with the renewable energy projects that received the Cash Grant. Notice 2014-39 is...more

Is RGGI in Pennsylvania’s Future?

Cap and trade may play a major role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled electric generating facilities. On June 2, 2014, EPA issued a...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2014

In This Issue: - Drafting Lessons From The "Deliver-Or-Pay Wars" Of The Southern Cone - Flaring Litigation in North Dakota is Capped - Shell Oil Co. v. United States -- A Divided Federal Circuit...more

Inside the Mining Industry: An Arizona Mining Lawyer Discusses Key Challenges, Opportunities & Trends for 2014 and Beyond

Other than market forces, Federal permitting processes continue to be a primary cause of delay for new mines and the expansion of existing mines throughout the United States. The federal government manages a significant...more

Exemption for Construction of Water and Sewer Lines

The PA Department of Revenue has renewed a ruling that a contractor may claim exemption for certain items installed in the construction of water and sanitary sewer lines for a private developer where the sewer lines will be...more

Colorado’s Cutting Edge Legislation Fosters Clean Fuel Truck Adoption

The State of Colorado recently passed HB 14-1326, the “Clean Trucks Bill,” catapulting itself into the group of cutting edge states that are on the forefront of the clean fuel issue. Recognizing that trucks represent a huge...more

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