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Gray Reed & McGraw

Was the 86th Texas Legislature Good to the Oil Business?

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The answer depends on what part of “the oil business” you care about. The 86th Legislature produced a few, but not many, changes in laws affecting the business, (most going into effect on September 1). ...more

Allen Matkins

Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - June 2019

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Focus - Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens - Reuters – June 4 - Los Angeles County’s homeless population has swelled by 12 percent during the past year as a shortage of affordable housing...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Photovoltaic Modules (Solar Panels)/Universal Waste: California Department of Toxic Substances Control Proposed Designation

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC“) is proposing to include photovoltaic modules (“PV”) on the list of hazardous wastes eligible to be managed as universal waste. PV modules are commonly...more

Hogan Lovells

Energy Snippets

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Zambia sets sights on yet more solar as another 34 MW is connected to grid - The 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic plant, in Zambia, has been connected to the country’s grid and has started operations....more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Zuck and Co. are launching a major platform redesign as Facebook attempts to move beyond years of privacy-related scandals and promote group-based communications rather than the public-square newsfeed....more

Allen Matkins

Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - April 2019 #3

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Focus - Salk Institute gets $35 million for ‘audacious’ plan to fight global warming with carbon-hungry plants - San Diego Union-Tribune - April 16 - The Salk Institute will receive more than $35 million, one of its...more

King & Spalding

Developers Face New Climate Change Initiatives to Decarbonize Buildings

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Developers and landlords faced the first generation of “green building” initiatives with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and EPA’s Energy Star programs. Now, the states are ready to embark...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Solar Energy Equipment: North Carolina Appellate Court Addresses Scope of Property Tax Exemption

The North Carolina Court of Appeals (“Court”) interpreted the scope of a North Carolina property tax exemption related to solar energy equipment. See In Re Highwater Solar, 2018 WL 6053437. The issue addressed was whether...more

Hodgson Russ LLP

Public Service Commission Clarifies Calculation of 5 MW Limitation Rules

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Background: The NY Port Authority (Port Authority) wants to develop several solar PV electric generation facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport....more

Hodgson Russ LLP

5 MW Project at JFK Eligible for Compensation under Value Stack Tariff

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Background: The Port Authority wants to develop several solar PV electric generation facilities at JFK. In its efforts to meet its clean energy goals, the Port Authority will pursue new renewable energy installations at its...more

Allen Matkins

Renewable Energy Update - February 2019 #2

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Focus - Corporate renewables procurement accounted for nearly a quarter of all deals in 2018 - Greentech Media - February 5 - According to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (WoodMac), corporate...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Would Reshape the Economy in 10 Years. That Could Shock the Energy Sector. "The concern is that Ocasio-Cortez's plan to achieve climate goals in just 10 years will not only tee up...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Solar Panel Recycling: Northeast Recycling Council/GreenMatch Post

The Northeast Recycling Council republished a GreenMatch post titled: What Happens to PV Panels When Their Life Cycle Ends (“Post”) - The Northeast Recycling Council Post addresses what it characterizes as...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

OSHA Enforcement: Contractor Cited for Alleged Violations Associated with Installation of Solar Panels

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has proposed citations for alleged violations by Power Factor LLC (“Power Factor”) associated with the installation of solar panels. The proposed citations were...more

Mayer Brown - Tax Equity Times

Solar Power International 2018: Soundbites

Topics covered include tax equity, the solar start of construction rules, the investment tax credit (“ITC”) and tax basis risk after the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Alta Wind, the inverted lease structure, back-leverage...more

Hogan Lovells

Awarding solar solutions that change communities

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It is quite well publicised that in Sub-Saharan Africa, approximately a third of the population (approximately 600 million people) has no access to electricity, with the demand far exceeding supply, due to increasing life...more

Beveridge & Diamond PC

MA Superior Court Reverses Historic District Commission Decision Denying Approval of Solar Panels on Historic Church

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The Massachusetts Superior Court recently issued an order that will allow a church in Bedford, Massachusetts to install solar panels on its roof over the objections of Bedford’s Historic District Commission (“HDC”). The...more

Mayer Brown - Tax Equity Times

Hawaii: Solar System is Not Placed in Service Until All State Law Requirements Have Been Satisfied

In September, the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation issued a letter ruling (Hawaii Letter Ruling No. 2018-01) that clarified the “placed in service” requirement in the application of the Renewable Energy Technologies...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2018

The 'Trump Effect' is Slowing International Progress on Climate Change, Think Tank Warns - "The report from the Institute of International and European Affairs ("IIEA") considered the impact President Donald Trump was...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Solar Energy: North Carolina Appellate Court Addresses Whether Solar Panel Owner/Operator is a Public Utility

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 18th opinion whether an entity that owns and operates a solar panel system producing electricity qualifies as a public utility. See In the Matter of:...more

Holland & Knight LLP

IRS Sheds New Light on Solar Tax Credits, Leaves Energy Storage in the Dark

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued recent guidance regarding construction of commercial solar energy properties and other qualified energy properties for purposes of claiming the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the key...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

EU Commission Ceases Trade Defense Measures on Solar Panels From China

As is well known by the market players, in December 2013 the European Union imposed definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on Chinese photovoltaic products and components (Council Implementing Regulation EU...more

King & Spalding

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - August 2018

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Power Project Investor’s € 128 Million Victory Against Spain - Eiser Infrastructure Limited and Energia Solar Luxembourg S.A.R.I. v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/36) - In this edition, we look at an...more

Buchalter

California Regulatory Happenings - August 2018 #2

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On 10/4/17, the ALJ issued a ruling requesting comment on a staff proposal for implementing AB 1923 provisions related to interconnection rules for bioenergy feed-in tariff under the California RPS. Comments weredue by...more

Allen Matkins

Renewable Energy Update - August 2018 #2

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Focus - The floor for ultra-low solar bids? $14 per megawatt-hour - GREENTECH MEDIA - Aug 2 There’s a bottom to bottoming-out solar bid prices, according to a new report from GTM Research. In recent years, predictable...more

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