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IRS Issues New Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”) which makes two important changes to its “beginning of construction” rules for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

Are you a fan? New Wind Farm Planning Guidelines announced in NSW!

New Wind Energy Guidelines for state significant wind energy developments provide much needed guidance on the regulation of visual and noise impacts for renewable energy developers....more

Treasury Guidance Clarifies and (Again) Expands Field of Renewable Energy Projects That May Qualify for the PTC or ITC

Notice 2017-04, issued on December 15, 2016, clarifies and expands the beginning of construction and continuity safe harbors applicable to certain alternative energy projects, including wind installations. Like Notice...more

IRS Issues Welcome Guidance on “Continuity Safe Harbor” for Wind Energy Projects

New rules provide wind developers with additional time to satisfy a critical safe harbor. On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-4, which modifies the “continuity safe harbor” as set...more

Renewable Energy Investor Group Asks FERC to Designate Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities as “Non-Voting...

On December 9, 2016, a group of investors in renewable energy projects (“Petitioners”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that certain non-managing (i.e., passive) “tax equity” interests in public...more

Green Finance Growth Set to Continue

The Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Jonathan Taylor called for “a renewed effort from the world’s financial institutions to make the Paris Agreement a reality” at the COP 22 Conference, held last month in...more

IRS Updates “Beginning of Construction” Guidance

The IRS today issued highly anticipated guidance updating the “beginning of construction” requirement for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and the investment tax credit...more

First-Ever Legal Challenge Filed Against Proposed Federal Offshore Wind Lease Auction

A coalition of fishing advocates, local towns, and municipalities from New Jersey to Rhode Island has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and sought a temporary restraining...more

Upcoming projects in MEA region

Note: The information in the above table has been compiled from various public sources. We make no representation about the accuracy of this information, or whether it is up to date at the time of publication. ...more

Mexico’s Crown Jewels: Deep Water and Farmout Tender Results

Mexico’s Crown Jewels: Deep Water and Farmout Tender Results - On December 5, 2016, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) conducted the Opening and Presentation of Bid Proposals Ceremony for the Ronda Uno,...more

Maryland considers offshore wind applications

Maryland moves closer to offshore wind development, as the state Public Service Commission reviews two applications for offshore wind projects. The Maryland Offshore Energy Act of 2013 contains a number of provisions...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of November 2016

November 29, 2016 – Raging River Exploration Inc. closed a Viking consolidation transaction. The company acquired approximately 620 boe per day — 97 per cent light oil — of production and 24 net sections of land prospective...more

Morocco's renewable energy ambitions

Deprived of hydrocarbon reserves on its soil, Morocco imports more than 90 per cent of its energy resources. The country has set itself ambitious renewable energy targets and aims to generate more than half of its electrical...more

FERC considers hydro license term policy

U.S. hydropower regulators have requested public comments on whether to revise a policy setting the length of license terms for hydroelectric projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's notice of inquiry could lead...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our November edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

DOE Funding Opportunity for Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on Nov. 15, 2016, to deploy funds for clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Indian...more

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

Adding micro-hydro to licensed hydropower project

What happens when a FERC hydropower licensee applies for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of developing a micro-hydro project, where the new project will be sited at an existing project's dam? In a recent case...more

BLM Issues Final Rule Streamlining Renewables on Public Lands

On Nov. 10, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its final rule (Rule) governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The Rule creates a new leasing program that uses competitive leasing processes...more

New Administration Means Big Changes for Endangered Species

The election of Donald Trump as President, together with Republican majorities in the House and Senate, is likely to lead to important policy changes across a range of issues. While administration of the Endangered Species...more

Characteristics of the Australian Renewables Sector

Introduction - After years of uncertainty, Australia’s renewable energy sector is taking off. A number of previously planned wind and solar projects have been revived recently and the sector must grow rapidly for the...more

First flesh on the bones of the new UK government’s energy policy?

The UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) chose 9 November 2016 to release a series of long-awaited energy policy documents. The substance of some of the announcements, which primarily cover...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Octubre Información con Ènfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

Durante el mes de Octubre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio Internacional, Aduanero, Competencia, Normalización Telecom, Prácticas Desleales, Arbitraje ISDS....more

The future of energy - the role of women and a new dynamic?

These are exciting, but challenging times across the energy sector. The fall, and sustained depression of the oil price, the impact of shale gas, the development of new technology and the growing significance of renewables...more

Trends and Tips – Tax Equity for Mid-Market Energy Projects

Last week’s “Financing Renewable Energy” tax credit conference, by Novogradac and Company, affirmed some market trends that we have seen in recent project finance deals. Perhaps most striking was the slow expansion of small...more

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