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West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Clarifies Priority Rules for Builders' Liens Arising in Connection with the Recovery of Minerals

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently released a landmark decision National Bank of Canada v KNC Holdings Ltd, 2017 SKCA 57 (National Bank) which will significantly affect the priority ranking of certain Saskatchewan...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - January 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for January 2017. 1. Audovisual...more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

by Bilzin Sumberg on

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but...more

How to Balance Lender and Contractor Interests on Alternative Energy Construction Projects

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Lenders who finance wind and solar farms often require the EPC contractor to consent to the developer’s assignment of the EPC Contract to the lender to secure the developer’s obligations under the loan documents. Such...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – Why Government Capacity Building Is So Important

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - Considering the complexity involved in developing a national public-private partnership (PPP) program, it is generally accepted that governments do not typically have the internal skill sets required to...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – The Challenge Of Implementation And Some Analysis On Institutional And Regulatory Public Private Partnership...

by King & Spalding on

On 25 April 2016, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for life without crude oil. It’s fair to say that the announcement has been positively received, both...more

Emerging Trends in Tax Credit Finance: Expansion of Renewable, Development, Housing Programs

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On December 18, 2015, the landscape improved for individuals and businesses looking to invest in affordable housing, economic development and renewable energy projects. Congress passed and the President signed into law the...more

Effects on project finance loans of the new incentive replacing Green Certificates

by DLA Piper on

The entry into force of Articles 19 and 30 of the Ministerial Decree 6 July 2012 (so-called FER Decree) with effect as from January 1, 2016, which replace the green certificates scheme with a new incentive, has an impact on...more

"Renewable Energy Project Warehouse Facilities Are on the Rise"

An important development in the financing of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects in 2015 was the use of a flexible investment and financing vehicle referred to as a “warehouse.” Akin to traditional warehouse...more

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects

by King & Spalding on

This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts for solar photovoltaic power...more

Global infrastructure: South Korea's vision - South Korea: Building for the future

by White & Case LLP on

South Korea is taking big strides globally with infrastructure financing, as both state-owned agencies and private banks fuel new investment in major ventures. With projects under way in countries as far flung as Mexico,...more

Why project bonds are on the rise in Latin America

by White & Case LLP on

Latin American project bonds continue to grow as a source of infrastructure financing, particularly as private capital is needed to close multi-billion-dollar shortfalls in spending for needed infrastructure projects in Latin...more

Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

by DLA Piper on

In all jurisdictions, financing for greenfields projects is available from traditional sources - commercial banks, export credit agencies (ECAs, such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Korea's...more

Nevada’s 78th Legislative Session Closes with Important Reforms for Business

On June 1, 2015, Nevada’s 78th Legislative Session came to a final close with critical reforms for Nevada’s businesses. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Nevada Government Affairs team, Josh Hicks, Alisa Nave-Worth, Kandis...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Senate last week approved an amendment to the South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and gave the bill second reading. The Senate also returned the proposed body camera legislation to the House with...more

Santa Paula’s Water Recycling Facility Purchase Caps Successful Public-Private Partnership

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The City of Santa Paula’s decision to purchase its much-touted and award-winning water recycling facility highlights how this pioneering public-private partnership project has proven to be a triumphant model of risk...more

Are You Continuing Construction? IRS Issues Fourth Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Notice

On March 11, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-25, which provides further guidance to assist renewable energy facility developers and investors in evaluating whether such facilities satisfied the...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2015

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process - A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance - UKCS: Maximising Economic Recovery...more

Sound Bites from Infocast Wind Finance 2015

The Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2015 was held from February 10 to 12 in San Diego. Below are selected sound bites regarding the tax equity market and other finance related matters....more

Oil and Gas Restructurings: Exploration and Production Companies Face Unique Issues

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The recent drop in oil prices will likely spur a flurry of industry restructurings, governed by a complex set of bankruptcy and state laws. Introduction - At the close of business on December 31, 2014, the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 28, DBRS released its general corporate methodology. On November 28, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the gaming industry. On November 26, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

by White & Case LLP on

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

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