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2015-16 New York State Budget

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below....more

Lower Fuel Prices Take a Toll on California’s Transportation Funding

Lower gas prices and decreased revenue from California’s Price Based Excise Tax (PBET) on gasoline are taking their toll on the state’s transportation funding. California Transportation Commission (CTC) staff recently...more

Climate change Regulation Starts to Take Shape in Washington State

In 2015, the Washington Legislature failed to act on Governor Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Since then, all branches of Washington State government, as...more

Court of Appeal Turns a Careful Eye Toward Challenges to California’s Cap-and-Trade Auction System

A California Court of Appeal signaled it is moving closer to making what could be a far-reaching decision in the consolidated cases of California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board (Case No. C075930) and...more

Can Solar Reboot Your Coal-Fired Plant Site?

The future of coal-fired plants is not bright. With regulations weighing on them, many plant operators are powering down and asking themselves what’s next for their sites. Solar offers viable options for reusing a plant site....more

Three Key Takeaways from NAFOA's 34th Annual Conference

The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) held its 34th annual conference on April 17-20, 2016, at the Gila River Indian Community's Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix. NAFOA is a national non-profit...more

Supreme Court Rejects Maryland Power Plant Subsidies, But Signals Permissible Ways for States to Incentivize New Plants

In recent years, Maryland attempted to subsidize new power plants by guaranteeing prices for generating capacity at wholesale auctions administered by PJM Interconnection L.L.C. (PJM). Tuesday, the Supreme Court unanimously...more

UK Budget 2016: Oil and Gas Taxation

Against the backdrop of higher development costs for aging oil and gas fields, depressed global oil prices and projections of slower global economic growth, the UK government announced significant tax cuts in its Budget 2016...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 19, 2016: Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614: Congress, though the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. §791a et seq., vested...more

Six Biofuel Trade Associations Write Congress To Extend Advanced Biofuel Tax Credits

On April 5, 2016, the biofuel trade associations Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and Renewable Fuels...more

Found Money? Potential Overlooked Texas Tax Credits for Oil and Gas Producers

Cash-strapped E&P companies may be leaving a portion of their severance taxes on the table. Among other production incentives found in the Texas Tax Code are (1) a tax credit for qualifying low-producing oil leases and (2) a...more

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on...more

Short-Term Reauthorization of FAA Programs Potentially Paves the Way For Omitted Energy Credit Extenders

As discussed in our post on March 16, the Congressional extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45 and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) under IRC Section 48 in December 2015...more

FinCrimes Update - March 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 3

BREAKING NEWS: PANAMA PAPERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS - A group of international news outlets published a series of articles this week regarding the so-called “Panama Papers;” 11.5...more

Energy & Environment Update - March 2016 #3

Energy & Climate Debate: The Senate and the House of Representatives are both on Spring Recess, with the Senate returning on April 4 and the House scheduled to return on April 12. Before breaking for recess, the...more

Question and Answer from the Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting Seminar

The tax equity investor invests to own only a portion of the production tax credits (PTCs) up front, since there is an unknown of the actual production levels of the wind farm. What does the project company do with the...more

Navigant’s Consulting’s Report on Residential Solar Misconstrues Value of Tax Attributes

Navigant Consulting on February 19 submitted a report, Solar Project Return Analysis for Third Party Owned Solar Systems, to the Arizona Public Service (APS). The thesis of the report is that residential solar developers are...more

Paris Energy Series No.10: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Beware the Shield?

Arbitral Implications for the Oil and Gas Sector - On 12 December 2015, the Paris Agreement (or the "Agreement") on climate change was signed by 195 States and the EU, provoking scenes of euphoria among the delegates...more

Federal Budget 2016 Extends Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

Canada’s Liberal party released their first Federal Budget on March 22, 2016 since taking office last year. Despite projecting a staggering deficit of approximately $30 billion, the Budget contains welcome news to issuers of...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #2

What's New - SENATE - Senate floor debate this week was dominated by S. 997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would require refugees to register with the Department of Social Services via a public...more

Quebec 2016-2017 Budget: Continued Fiscal Discipline

On March 17, 2016, the Quebec government (Government) unveiled the 2016-2017 budget (Budget). The Government confirmed that it balanced the books for 2015–16 and anticipates maintaining a balanced budget for 2016–17. The...more

New Developments in the Determination of the Texas Franchise Tax Liability

The Texas Franchise Tax is imposed on taxable entities that do business in Texas or that are chartered or organized in the state.  Taxpayers subject to the Texas Franchise Tax may compute their tax liabilities under several...more

Budget Announcements: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to be Abolished and Climate Change Levy To Be Raised

It has been announced in today’s Budget that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) will be abolished from 2019 and the Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be raised to compensate. The announcement comes following a...more

President Obama Signs Consolidated Appropriations Act

Renewable Energy Industry Seeks Additional Energy Credit Clarifications - On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R. 2029) (the Act). The Act includes...more

Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board Rejects Utility Loss Carryback

Massachusetts Electric Company v. Commissioner of Revenue - Appellate Tax Board Docket No. C310170 (February 24, 2016) - The Appellant, Massachusetts Electric Company (“MEC”), was a Massachusetts public utility...more

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