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What Businesses Should Know About the 2017 North Carolina Legislative Session

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh after enacting a biennial budget and considering hundreds of bills during a six-month session. Legislators will return in August and September to consider other matters...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar, wind competitive leasing program to start for U.S. public lands - Renewable Energy World - Nov 15 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized a rule that...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Some emergency drought rules might be eased - Los Angeles Times - May 9 - Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Monday laid out a revised...more

Can Solar Reboot Your Coal-Fired Plant Site?

by McCarter & English, LLP on

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

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Clean Energy Got a Record $330 Billion in Investment Last Year - Fortune - Jan 14 Despite the plunge in oil prices, investors and governments around the world put $330 billion into clean...more

New Federal Permitting Council to Aid Large Infrastructure Projects — Emphasis on Energy

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In December 2015, Congress passed the first major transportation infrastructure bill in over a decade, covering a large range of infrastructure projects and ensuring funding for the next five years. One section of the bill...more

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Receive Multiyear Extension in Congressional Omnibus Bill

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Congressional leadership reached agreement late last evening on an omnibus spending and tax bill that will be voted on by the House and Senate later this week. The bill reflects a global agreement among the leaders on tax and...more

Canada’s Energy Politics

by Baker Donelson on

Canada’s energy sector may be significantly impacted by the recent election of liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister. The last nine years have seen conservative Stephen Harper at the helm. A known ally of the energy...more

New IRS Guidance May Promote Community Residential Solar Developments

by Perkins Coie on

On September 4, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released a private letter ruling that could have meaningful impacts on the funding and development of certain residential solar developments, specifically community solar...more

Senegal's New Mining Code: What Mining Companies Need to Know

by DLA Piper on

Undeterred by the recent drops in commodity prices, Senegal is on the verge of introducing its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the current mining code...more

UK Government Announces Further Shake-up to RO and FIT Regime for Solar PV

Following the closure of the RO regime to new solar ground mounted projects with a capacity of more than 5MW which were commissioned after 31 March 2015, the government has today announced a further shake-up of the subsidy...more

Spot Assessment Stricken

by Cozen O'Connor on

A divided panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a reassessment of property upon the expiration of a KOZ abatement was an unlawful spot assessment. Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Board of...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New legislation proposed to extend ITC: PV-Tech - May 20: A new piece of legislation has been proposed that would help extend the investment tax credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial...more

Can the Tax Man Come After Your Stored Gas?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The owner of 33 BCF of gas cant’ just stuff it in his pocket and move it county-to-county to avoid taxes. So, the question: Is gas in storage subject to ad valorem tax on personal property? The Harris County Appraisal...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Work Continues, Gains Momentum in Appropriations - As the clock ticks towards the...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations Addressing Fracking Services by MLPs

by BakerHostetler on

On May 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations [REG-132634-14], which if finalized would clarify that income from certain oil and natural gas fracturing (“fracking”) services is “qualifying...more

Louisiana Severance Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy

by Baker Donelson on

The 2015 Louisiana legislative session is in full swing and the lawmakers are dealing with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Of the many tax credits, exemptions and deductions that are in the legislature’s...more

Guinea: New Hydrocarbons Code

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Guinean State Minister of Mines and Geology, Kerfalla Yansané, recently announced a possible launch of a bidding round in 2015 for offshore oil blocks in Guinea under the new hydrocarbons code (the “New Code”). Following...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: The New York Legislature Ends The Guessing - Brownfield Tax Credits Extended And Modified

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 1, 2015, the New York Legislature passed a budget bill for fiscal year 2015-2016, which included numerous amendments (the Amendments) to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), a state program designed to incentivize...more

State of North Dakota Intervenes in Wyoming’s and Independent Producers’ Challenge to Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

by BakerHostetler on

The state of North Dakota moved to intervene yesterday in the state of Wyoming’s challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations. North Dakota—like Wyoming—asserts that the hydraulic...more

N.C. State Senate Introduces Bill Granting Tax Credit for "Property" Serving Renewable Energy Efforts

Last week, the North Carolina State Senate introduced a bill that seeks to extend renewable-energy tax credits applicable to eligible property -- which is defined as specific "machinery and equipment or real property" -- that...more

Bill Introduced in North Carolina Senate Seeks to Extend the State’s Renewable-Energy Tax Credit Through 2020

This week, a bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate to extend the state’s renewable-energy tax credit to eligible property that is placed in service by the end of 2020. Eligible renewable-energy property would...more

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