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Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Mexican Energy Reform Progress Report - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Finalization of Mexico’s energy reforms is accelerating and specific foreign investment opportunities are emerging, but detailed “Secondary Legislation” will likely be delayed to late April or a special congressional session...more

McNees Insights - Estate Planning

In This Issue: Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes; Estate Planning for Digital Assets; and Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases. Excerpt from Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes: Do you...more

Legislative Report – MLP Parity Act

What: The MLP Parity Act (the “Act”) is a bill currently before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance seeking to expand Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (which defines “qualifying income” for publicly traded...more

Budget Briefing 2014

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Canada’s federal budget for 2014 on February 11, 2014 (Budget 2014). In his budget speech, the Minister reinforced the government’s commitment to balancing the budget...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

UK Introduces New Brown-Field Tax Allowance

The Additionally-Developed Oil Fields Order (Order) was made on 15 November 2013 and is treated as having come into force on 1 April 2013. The Order introduces a new allowance which reduces the amount of adjusted ring fence...more

OCC Issues Interpretive Letter Concluding that Bank Investment in Company that Owns Renewable Energy Solar Project is Permissible

The OCC issued an interpretive letter (“Letter #1139”), in which the OCC concluded that a national bank (the “Bank”) could provide financing for a renewable energy solar project (the “Facility”) in which the financing was...more

Baucus Proposes Reforms to Energy Tax Incentives

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal on December 18 that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology-neutral. The proposal consolidates several...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall

After years of effort by multiple administrations and after overcoming difficult political hurdles in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Commonwealth has finally addressed its steadily worsening transportation...more

Tax Measures in UK Chancellor’s 2013 Autumn Statement

Statement builds on economic stability, with a focus on certainty for business. On 5 December, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne released the 2013 Autumn Statement with measures designed to increase...more

With new law, Mongolia opens to investors

The Great Hural, Mongolia’s Parliament, has ratified a new investment law, already in effect since November 1, that dramatically alters the investment landscape in Mongolia. The new investment law is one of the first...more

Australian Government's Plans for Unenacted Tax

At the time the Coalition Government (Government) was elected in September 2013, there were 96 tax and superannuation proposals announced by the previous government that had not been enacted. On 6 November 2013, the...more

California Utilities Poised to Commence Renewable Energy Procurement

At its November 14, 2013 Commission meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission (the “CPUC”) conditionally accepted the renewables portfolio standard (“RPS”) procurement plans filed by various California utilities....more

Sen. Sessions Pens Letter to Treasury Critical of SolarCity and 1603 Practices

In a letter dated November 18, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) wrote Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew a critical letter with questions regarding the Cash Grant program, SolarCity’s purported practices and the investment tax...more

OCC Publishes Fact Sheet on Wind Tax Equity as Public Welfare Investments

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) at the end of October published a fact sheet to clarify the eligibility of wind tax equity investments as public welfare investments for national banks and federal savings...more

International Tax News - October 2013

COLOMBIA ISSUES TAX HAVENS LIST: 4 THINGS TO NOTE FOR THOSE DOING BUSINESS IN COLOMBIA - Colombia has issued its list of tax havens – an act that will negatively impact the tax effects of doing business in Colombia...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

New Energy Finance Paper Discusses Tax Equity

America’s Power Plan describes itself as a “toolkit” for policymakers. The information that constitutes the toolkit is available below. Its energy finance paper was just published. The paper is available below. Below are...more

Mexican #Energy Reform: Pemex and Taxes

Two things are certain on this Mexican Energy Reform: Pemex and Taxes. President Peña proposed changes in the taxation rules for Pemex trying to set a more flexible and standard tax system applicable for any type of...more

Do Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

As I last discussed in June, during the past few years, proximate property owners have increasingly raised complaints about the siting and operation of wind turbines in Massachusetts. This phenomenon is hardly unique to...more

AWEA’s Wall Street Conference – Sound Bites from Panelists

AWEA recently held its annual Wall Street conference. Below are selected sound bites from panelists speaking on September 10th about finance, the state of market for wind in the United States, and the health of the tax...more

Connecticut Selects Maine Wind Farm And Connecticut Solar Project For Long-Term Contracts For Energy And RECs

On September 20, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that two renewable energy projects have signed long-term contracts as a result of the July 8, 2013 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental...more

Energy Tax Law Alert: IRS Clarifies "Beginning of Construction" Guidance

On September 20th, the IRS issued Notice 2013-60, which updates prior guidance, contained in Notice 2013-90, regarding the "begin-construction" requirement for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal...more

Mexican #Energy Reform: We need to talk about PEMEX

Mexico Moment (#MEMO) is being fuelled by structural reforms that promise open markets in telecom, energy, finance and infrastructure. Now all three major political parties, academics and NGOs are publicly discussing their...more

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