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IRS Releases Guidance on Performance and Quality Standards for Small Wind Energy Property

The IRS recently released Notice 2015-4 (the Notice), which provides performance and quality standards that small wind energy property (defined under section 48(c)(4) of the Code as property utilizing a “qualifying small wind...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

California Energy Legislation Year in Review 2014

INTRODUCTION - In his January 2015 inaugural address, California Governor Brown called for an ambitious expansion of the State’s renewable energy goals to 50% by 2030, a policy direction that may drive the State’s...more

Turning Manure into megawatts (Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project)

As I noted in my last post, Withers & Ravenel’s Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project, located in Bladensboro, North Carolina, is one of this year’s ACEC Excellence in Engineering Award winners....more

Innovative P3 May Help Chesapeake Bay Stick to its Diet

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Council has approved a first-of-its kind agreement with Corvias Solutions for a 30-year stormwater management public-private partnership (P3). The novel initiative, formally announced by EPA...more

Some Welcomed Recognition for Exploration Mining Companies

As market sentiment and investor confidence in Australia's extractive industries remains subdued, recent initiatives from governments and regulators demonstrate, at least, an acknowledgment of the issues faced by mineral...more

Mexican Renewables - Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New California tax credit would benefit Tesla gigafactory: San Jose Mercury News - Jul 11: Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit...more

Assessment of Vancouver Energy Socioeconomic Impacts: Primary Economic Impacts

The Vancouver Energy project – an energy distribution terminal proposed for Vancouver, Washington – would create significant economic value and drive regional employment, according to an economic impact assessment conducted...more

Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert

Boston Colleges Take Brownfields Tax Credit Fight to Court - Three Boston-area colleges sued the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in August claiming that “clarifying” changes made to the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax...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

Michigan Lawmakers Evaluate Lower Severance Tax and Infrastructure Bills for Carbon Dioxide-Injected Oil and Gas Wells

While legislation driven by the rapid growth of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has dominated oil and gas legislation in recent years, this week, Michigan lawmakers considered bills to enhance viability of other...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

California Supreme Court Update: Air Quality Emissions Reduction Credits May Be Considered in Assessing Unit Value of Power Plant,...

A power plant operator was required to purchase emission reduction credits (“ERCs”) to comply with the permitting process to build a power plant. Over the course of several years, the State Board of Equalization (“Board”)...more

Shale Exploration Benefiting Ohio’s Economy

Edward Hill, Ph.D., and Kelly L. Kinahan of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently published a report based on sales tax data that concludes Utica shale development is...more

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program About to Become a Reality

The so called "rain tax" is about to hit property owners in Maryland. In April 2012, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law — known as HB 987 — that requires each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland...more

Illinois House Passes Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 31, 2013, the Illinois House approved the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act to regulate high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing and impose a tax on oil and gas produced from wells permitted...more

Huron County Seeks Clarification On Taxes

The Board of Commissioners for Huron County have resolved to not take any more action regarding wind energy projects until Michigan clarifies the legislation and taxation of wind turbine....more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

2013 Federal Budget Impact On Mining Activities

The good news is that the mineral exploration tax credit of 15% has been extended for an additional year. In addition, the budget has made an amendment to Section 66.1(6) of the federal tax legislation to add the words...more

NJ On Offshore Wind: Let's Build A Project Already

Is New Jersey placing the cart before the horse when it comes to the establishment of rules regulating the state’s offshore renewable energy certificates? Instead of spending time analyzing how to mitigate the risks of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 23, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - A conversation with outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; A Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Pledge; BLM pulls proposed fracking rules, works on new version; Six Top...more

Damon Key Legal Alert (Dec. 2012) - Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credits

The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation (“DOT”) recently issued temporary administrative rules that will affect anyone planning on installing and placing in service a renewable energy technology system, including a...more

Understanding Renewable Energy: Solar

This article provides an introduction to solar energy, including the different types of solar projects, the benefits and limits of solar energy and the federal and state programs that promote this technology. This article...more

Renewable Energy Projects: Tax-Exempt and Other Tax-Advantaged Financing

The term “renewable energy” describes energy that comes from natural resources that are naturally replenished, including solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, bio-energy, wave power, tidal power and hydroelectricity....more

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