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Master Limited Partnership Parity Act Reintroduced To House And Senate

On June 24, 2015, the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 1656) was reintroduced in the House and the Senate. The legislation would provide investors in renewable energy projects with tax breaks that are currently...more

IRS Confirms that Flip Partnership Guidelines Do Not Apply to Solar Projects

The IRS has advised that the flip partnership guidelines under Rev. Proc. 2007-65, 2007-2 C.B. 967, do not apply to solar facilities or other projects claiming the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC). The statement, made...more

Master Limited Partnerships: Proposed Tax Regulations Scale Back Activities Giving Rise to Qualifying Income

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued proposed tax regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide guidance on, and significantly scale back, the types of activities...more

Arizona Resource Planning Process Seeing Changes

Resource planning is a critical task for energy utilities. It is also of great interest to regulators, ratepayers and other industry members such as renewable energy companies....more

Five Years in the Making: Improved Safety for Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Sometimes new regulations come out of nowhere. And sometimes it is just a matter of time. Last week’s unveiling of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (“BSEE”) offshore blowout preventer and well control...more

2014 Cleantech and Renewables IPO Statistics

IPO recovery? Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. That’s right: an astounding 275 IPOs were completed in 2014, topping the 2013 total of 222 by more than 23%. Total U.S. IPO proceeds...more

Senate Hearing on Extending the MLP Rules to Renewables

On July 31, 2013, the Senate Finance Subcommittee Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing on the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 765). The bill would extend the master limited partnership (MLP)...more

Financial Innovation for Clean Energy Deployment: Congress Considers Expanding Master Limited Partnerships for Clean Energy

Technological innovation is driving renewable energy towards a future where it is cost competitive without subsidies and provides a growing share of America’s energy. But for all the technical progress made by the clean...more

Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance

In this white paper: - Introduction - Energy Efficiency Finance Structures, New and Familiar, and Negotiating Key Agreements - Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Applying REITs to Energy...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 5 - May 2013

In This Issue: New York Enacts Significant Changes to Related Member Royalty Add-Back Law; Nuclear Power Plant That Produces Steam and Water to Generate Electricity Not Eligible for Investment Tax Credit; Appellate...more

Master Limited Partnership Parity Act, Nuclear Waste, and the Investment Tax Credit– ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental...

This week’s Energy & Environment Update recaps the very busy past week for energy and environmental issues both on and off Capitol Hill. Senator Coons introduced the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act on Wednesday. ...more

Carbon Market Open for Business While Disputes Loom

Results of California’s first cap-and-trade carbon auction are in and the results are mixed. The auction was for carbon permits that permit greenhouse gas emitting businesses the right to release carbon into the air. Each...more

Solar Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 1

Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex. There are several alternative...more

Doing Business in Canada: Climate Change

The evolving patchwork of Canadian federal and provincial climate laws and programs has created material risks and opportunities for businesses operating in Canada. Understanding climate change policy and legislation is...more

Energy Industry Updates for October 2012

In This Issue: - FERC Approves First Commercial Wave Energy Project - Benefit Corporation Legal Structure Utilized by Companies Focused on Renewable Energy - Massachusetts Provides Additional Policy Support for...more

Mixed Results for Renewable Energy as State Assembly Goes on Recess

Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session. Three bills related to solar energy and...more

Department of Interior Streamlining Utility Scale Solar in Western States

Federal agencies in Washington D.C.and the State of California have been concurrently developing plans to allow development and permitting of utility scale solar energy plants on public lands. The US Department of the...more

AB 32 and Cap and Trade Design Basics

California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and 18th in total carbon emissions if it were a separate country1, is rapidly moving forward with the development of its cap and trade program scheduled to be implemented in 2013....more

City of Los Angeles Waste Hauling Takes Big Step to Exclusive Franchise System

The City of Los Angeles took another step towards granting exclusive franchises for commercial trash hauling within the City, franchises that would also cover large apartment complexes. Under a plan approved by two City...more

The Next Big Step For Renewables: Energy Storage

The promise of renewable energy has been partly realized as renewables, including wind and solar, have attracted significant investment over the years and now generate output that comprises a useful contribution to our...more

New State Bill to Bring Community-Based Renewable Energy to California

Environmentally minded renters who are unable to install solar panels on their roofs because they don’t own their buildings, will have a new way to take part in the generation of solar power, and benefit as a result, if SB843...more

New State Bill Aims To Make Solar Power A Reality For Renters

Homeowners and renters in California may soon be able to access solar or other renewable energy from community based self-generation programs as an alternative to the power grids offered by the state’s three major public...more

Global Warming Solutions Act Starts To Heat Things Up In California

California enacted the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in 2006. The wide-reaching environmental law is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by implementing a market based cap-and-trade program tied to an...more

Episode 69 – Gary Price Discusses How Clean Energy Can Save Businesses Money

In Episode 69 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on July 7, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Gary Price, a tax partner at...more

Generator of Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits Found Guilty in Federal Court

In the first ever criminal prosecution associated with fraudulently generating renewable fuel credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), on June 25, 2012, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of...more

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