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Tax Extender Act of 2017 Proposes Changes for Renewable and Nuclear Power, Alternative Fuels and Other Energy Tax Provisions

The Tax Extender Act of 2017 (Extenders Bill) would, if enacted, extend and change tax credits for the renewable energy, alternative fuels and nuclear energy industries, and also would make other changes relevant to the...more

Gas Market Reform in Asia: an Update on the Implementation of Third Party Access to LNG Import Terminals

by King & Spalding on

The rise of natural gas and LNG in Asia continues apace, fuelled by a convergence of plentiful global LNG supply, growing demand, moves towards cleaner fuel supply and competitive natural gas pricing. A key part of the...more

House Bill Would Extend the ITC to Standalone Energy Storage Systems

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The investment tax credit (“ITC”) plays a major role in driving investment in the U.S. solar energy market. Earlier this month, two members of Congress introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide a...more

Shareholder Activism on Climate Is Only Going to Increase

While EPA continues to go backwards on climate, evidence continues to mount that investors are only going to get more aggressive. There were two developments worth noting this month. First, Bloomberg Markets reported that...more

Renewable Energy Update: Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 19 and 20, 2017, both the House and the Senate passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “Tax Reform Act”), which is expected to be signed by the President. The House of Representatives had passed...more

Tax Reform Update - Impact on Renewable and Energy Projects

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Major tax overhaul will reshape the renewables and energy industries. Key Points: ..Sponsors must navigate new tax rules in search of lowest after-tax capital structures. ..A new cross-border tax threatens to...more

Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

About 18 months have passed since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its bold attempt to modernize the disclosure requirements for mining companies that are listed on U.S. stock exchanges or otherwise...more

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President Trump’s Desk for Signing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and is now set to be signed into law by President Trump. The vote was 224-201 in the House with all the Democrats joined by twelve Republicans voting...more

Final Tax Reform Bill Released – What Does it Mean for the Energy Sector? 

On December 15, 2017, the House-Senate Conference Committee released a revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Final Bill) that is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives and Senate this week and sent...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Ready for Vote: Potential Impact on the Renewable Energy Industry

by Stoel Rives LLP on

House and Senate Republicans released yesterday evening language of a comprehensive tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1), that is expected to be voted on next week and signed into law by President Trump by...more

Energy and infrastructure project bankability in Africa: making the right choices

by DLA Piper on

During Africa Week, and in association with FTI Consulting Inc., and along with many friends and associates, we explored the myriad of factors influencing investment decisions in energy and infrastructure project success in...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 361, Don Fischer on export control compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Don Fischer, a San Francisco and Washington, based lawyer who is one of the country’s leading practices dedicated to assisting corporations, universities and research institutions with the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...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

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

by Jones Day on

US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

UK Autumn Budget 2017 – the key measures impacting business

by White & Case LLP on

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Alongside the headline-grabbing abolition of SDLT for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000,...more

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...more

Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals. Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

Nuclear Decommissioning and Legal Risk

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Entities engaged in decommissioning can assess and allocate associated legal risks in predictable ways. Key Points: ..With proper legal diligence and planning, the liability risks associated with nuclear decommissioning...more

The GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Includes Changes Impacting the Renewable Energy Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 3rd, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R. Tex.) released the “chairman’s mark” to H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA). The TCJA represents the most extensive rewrite of the Internal...more

Impact of the House Tax Reform Bill on the Renewable Energy Sector

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Bold proposal seeks changes to tax credits, depreciation, and corporate tax rates. Key Points: - Production Tax Credits are cut by more than one-third. - Bill may impact existing and future tax equity...more

House Republican Tax Reform Bill Retains and Modifies Energy Credits

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Republicans released their plan for comprehensive tax reform, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “Tax Reform Bill”). Prior to this release, Congressional Republicans and the Trump...more

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