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House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Senate’s Tax Bill’s Impact on the Tax Equity Market: Five Differences from the House Bill

The US tax reform bill that the Senate passed on December 2, 2017—along partisan lines in a 51 to 49 vote—is a mixed bag for the tax equity market. The bill is now headed to the conference committee, consisting of House of...more

The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - November 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....more

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

A Comparison of the Energy Tax Changes in the Proposed House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Extend MLP Benefits To Renewables

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 25, 2017, bipartisan legislation aimed at leveling the playing field between renewable and fossil fuels was re-introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), along with eight...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

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

Worth Another Look: The Fiscal Code

We inched a little closer to a completed 2017-2018 state budget with the House’s final passage of H.B. 674 (Prime Sponsor Withdrawn), an omnibus bill amending the state Fiscal Code. The bill, which basically serves as an...more

Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...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

Another Court Upholds a State Generation Program and Dismisses Challenges to Illinois’ Nuclear Subsidies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 14, 2017, and several weeks after the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (see Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

NBB Meets With Congress On Biodiesel Tax Incentive

On June 20, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that nearly 100 biodiesel advocates from across the country visited Capitol Hill to urge Congress to bring back the biodiesel tax incentive as proposed in both...more

Is the wind of change blowing for energy investors in Poland?

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The Polish Ministry of Energy (ME) has been working on a set of changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts including the Wind Energy Investments Act. The wording of the proposed changes is to be...more

Maryland New Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

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Maryland’s Governor Hogan has signed into law a state income tax credit for specific costs related to energy storage systems installed between January 1, 2018 and December 1, 2022. Systems eligible for the credit are systems...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 12

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Budget - Freedom Caucus Proposed to Cancel August Recess: The House Freedom Caucus has called on Republican leadership to cancel the August recess to continue work on the budget, tax reform and other GOP priorities...more

Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...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

Senator Wyden Introduces “Clean Energy for America Act”

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced the “Clean Energy for America Act,” which aims to create a new technology neutral system for federal tax credits for clean energy, clean fuel, and...more

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