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Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Wells Fargo global operations now powered by 100 percent renewable energy - PennEnergy - Nov 8 Wells Fargo & Company has announced that 100 percent of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with...more

Add Batteries to Your Wind Farm and Get More (ITC) Juice

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A battery storage system added to a pre-existing wind facility is eligible for the investment tax credit, even if the facility has claimed the production tax credit. This is good news for taxpayers considering adding...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 34

by Clark Hill PLC on

Short-term Continuing Resolution Likely Needed to Fund Government Past December Deadline: Republicans are focused on tax reform through Thanksgiving, and when lawmakers return from the upcoming holiday recess, they will have...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - October 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Washington Update - Tax Reform - With the number of remaining 2017 legislative days dwindling, Capitol Hill remains fixed on tax reform as the next big push for the Republican majority, which is anxious for a...more

Initial Republican Tax Reform Proposal Includes Tax Cuts and Changes to Energy Credits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Changes to the energy credits proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact the eligibility of renewable energy projects that had been relying on the guidance previously issued by the Internal Revenue Service....more

International Trade Commission Issues Recommendations for Tariffs on Imported Solar PV Equipment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommendations to impose a tariff on imported solar equipment. The proposals it issued, however, would result in duties substantially lower than...more

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Interior Department identifies 'a handful' of national monuments to shrink in its report to Trump - San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 24 - The White House is getting ready to move on...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway - On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 25, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.829 billion FY2018 budget by vote of 159-1. Over two days of debate, the House considered 1,210 amendments to pass a final budget that spends...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables made up majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 6 - Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during...more

GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Treasury nominee backs existing phaseout of the wind energy tax credit - Greentech Media - Jan 24 - Amid the flurry of news leading up to the inauguration of President Trump,...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

Digital Tax Update – Local Edition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After the highly publicized administrative lease transaction and amusement tax expansions in Chicago last year, more cities around the country are taking steps to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital...more

Hawaii Governor Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 6, 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed SB 2652 Related to Taxation -- Locally Produced Renewable Energy. This bill establishes a five-year renewable fuels production tax credit. The tax credit will take effect in...more

Iowa Extends Biodiesel Production And Retailer Tax Credit Through 2024

On May 24, 2016, Iowan Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2309, an Act providing for tax credits and refunds relating to renewable fuels including their component biofuels and including effective date provisions....more

Six Biofuel Trade Associations Write Congress To Extend Advanced Biofuel Tax Credits

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 5, 2016, the biofuel trade associations Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and Renewable Fuels...more

President’s FY 2017 Budget Aims to Seal the Deal on Fiscal Legacy

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 9, President Obama released the last budget request of his Administration. The FY 2017 budget incorporates many proposals from past years but also looks to cement the president’s legacy with a number of new fiscal...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2015

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. First, we feature...more

Congress Acts on Tax Extenders and Other Tax Breaks

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Congress recently passed two significant pieces of tax legislation:  (1) the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which extended or made permanent various expired or expiring tax provisions, and (2) the...more

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