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Ep200: Cost of Capital: 2023 Outlook
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Four veteran tax equity investors and lenders talk about what to expect in the year ahead.

IRA Tax Credit Opportunities for Clean Energy Technology Companies
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Below are bullet points outlining tax credit opportunities for clean energy technology companies.

Ep199: The DoC’s Preliminary Determination of Circumvention Issues
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Stefan Reisinger, partner in Washington, joins us to discuss the Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination of circumvention issues.

Anti-Circumvention Duties and Solar Panels
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The Commerce Department said this morning that it made a preliminary decision to impose anti-circumvention duties on solar panels produced in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia using Chinese parts.

IRS Issues Wage and Apprentice Requirements
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Ep198: Book talk: California Burning
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The Wall Street Journal's Katherine Blunt talks to Keith Martin about her book, California Burning, which addresses the challenges facing utilities with aging power lines in drought-stricken parts of the US.

Ep197: Post-Election Analysis
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Five veteran Washington observers talk with Keith Martin in our Washington office about what the midterm election results mean for clean energy, storage, carbon capture, hydrogen and the project finance market.

IRS Confirms Higher PTC Rate due to the IRA
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IRS Announcement 2022-23 updates the production tax credit (PTC) rate to 2.75 cents a kWh for wind, solar, geothermal and closed-loop biomass power plants placed in service after 2021.

Battery storage tax credit opportunities and development challenges
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Below are slides the authors prepared about tax credit opportunities and development challenges for battery storage.

IRS acknowledges PTC increase
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The IRS said this afternoon that production tax credits on new wind, solar, geothermal and closed-loop biomass power plants put in service in 2022 are 2.75¢ cents a KWh.

California solar property tax exemption
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California extended a property tax exemption for solar projects placed in service by the end of 2026.

FEMA power plant proposal
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The fate of a FEMA proposal to require power plants and other projects to be able to withstand extreme weather events should be decided around November 1.

Shared-appreciation loans
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A shared-appreciation loan was a pure loan and did not make the lender a partner with the borrower, the US Tax Court said.

Tax equity partnerships and QIOs
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Tax equity partnerships take note.

Solar anti-circumvention moratorium
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Solar developers planning to import solar panels by mid-2024 to avoid any US anti-circumvention duties the US decides to impose on panels from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand or Cambodia must actually use the panel

Wage and Apprentice Guidance
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Wage and apprentice guidance is expected by year end.

Environmental Update Oct 2022
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Solar generating equipment withstood much of the wrath of the two hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico and Florida in September, providing advocates for the industry with reason to argue ...

US Offshore Wind Lease Issues
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Offshore wind developers bidding in federal auctions of sites off the US coast commit to a time-consuming and expensive process.

Carbon Capture Economics
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The Inflation Reduction Act increased a tax credit for capturing carbon oxide emissions and extended the deadline to qualify. The tax credit, even before the latest increase, was already contributing to ...

Recycling and Renewable Energy
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End-of-life management of renewable energy is both a looming challenge and a potential opportunity.

Bonus Tax Credits and the Inflation Reduction Act
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Three potential bonus tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act could take investment tax credits on some projects as high as 70%.

Hydrogen Tax Credits
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Companies angling to take advantage of new tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act for making clean hydrogen are asking lots of questions.

Observations of a Former ISO Board Member
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Naturally, one accumulates many thoughts over nine years. My comments today are my own personal thoughts, and I am not speaking as a representative of the ISO, its management or my fellow directors.

Treasury opens a 30-day window for IRA comments
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The Treasury asked for comments on most of the major tax provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act this afternoon. Comments are due November 4.

The IRA’s Expanded Tax Credits for Homeowners and Energy Efficiency Investors
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The Inflation Reduction Act (the IRA) added and expanded tax credits for various types of energy efficiency products as well as for individuals installing solar on their homes.

Anti-Circumvention Duty Moratorium
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Tax Credits Eligible for Direct Pay or Transferability Under the Inflation Reduction Act
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Tax Credits Eligible for Direct Pay or Transferability Under the Inflation Reduction Act

Q&A on the Inflation Reduction Act
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During our webcast on the tax provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R. 5376) (the “IRA”), we received over 800 questions.

Searching for opportunities in the Inflation Reduction Act
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Companies are scrambling to assess the effects of the Inflation Reduction Act on their projects. The tax equity market will look different. Tax credits after this year can be sold for cash.

Environmental update: August 2022
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The Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), had to agree to a broad outline for a separate permitting reform bill to win support from Senator Joe Manchin (D–WV) for the Inflation Reduction Act.

FERC and PJM tackle bloated interconnection queues
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The Federal Energy Regulation Commission proposed new rules in June to revamp the way interconnection requests are processed, and PJM, the electricity grid in the mid-Atlantic states and parts of the Midwest...

Bitcoin mining and electricity
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Bitcoin mining consumes a large amount of electricity. Houlihan Lokey calculated when bitcoins are trading for $50,000 a coin, the electricity is effectively converted into bitcoins for $400 a megawatt hour.

Current financing challenges
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How are tax equity investors and lenders addressing the unusually large number of risks this year? Tangled supply chains and labor shortages are causing delays. Inflation is making projects more expensive to...

Renegotiating PPAs
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Construction delays and cost increases are forcing renegotiation of power purchase agreements before renewable energy projects can be financed. Wholesale electricity prices jumped 2.5% for wind electricity...

Battery purchase contracts: Key pitfalls
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Anyone developing a battery energy storage project should be prepared to address two main issues.

The Inflation Reduction Act and DOE loan programs
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The Inflation Reduction Act upsizes the existing US Department of Energy loan programs. It also establishes new programs for transmission projects and for revamping existing energy facilities to enable...

The evolving energy storage market
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The energy storage market is still in its infancy, but it is evolving rapidly. Portfolios of standalone utility-scale batteries are now being financed of a merchant basis. The market is moving away from...

Embracing hydrogen
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Two competing narratives about hydrogen played out the last two years in the press. One was that hydrogen is being pitched by the fossil fuel community as a way for natural gas to retain longer-term relevance.

New tax credits for semiconductors
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A new semiconductor tax credit intended to spur construction of new factories may not lead to much tax equity investment.

Right-side, left-side issues in tax equity deals
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Right-side, left-side issues are getting more attention in tax equity transactions.

Solar tariff moratorium and Customs detentions
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Customs detentions and import tariffs remain obstacles for US solar developers.

Tax equity partnerships that lose money
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A tax equity partnership does not have to expect a profit apart from tax credits, a US appeals court said in early August.

Disappointing property tax outcomes
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Two property tax cases had frustrating outcomes.

Ep196: Inflation Reduction Act
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Keith Martin, David Burton and Hilary Lefko have a lively discussion about the Inflation Reduction Act’s effect on deals. Some parts of the Inflation Reduction Act that passed the Senate are retroactive to the

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – New Tax Credits for Manufacturers of Clean Energy Equipment
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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the Act) has been celebrated for its proposed extension and expansion of credits for renewable energy project developers.

Transferability ain’t all it’s cracked up to be
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On July 27, 2022, Senators Manchin and Schumer released the text of the proposed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), which would extend and expand the tax credits associated with clean energy.

Ep195: What's New in the Market
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Keith Martin gives a lively update on what is new in the market. The tax equity market is wrestling with a series of issues tied to inflation and construction delays. Developers forced for the same reasons to r

Schumer-Manchin Deal Bolts Forward
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Ep194: New PJM Regulations and FERC Rules
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Bob Shapiro, partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Washington office, joins us to discuss the new regulations in PJM and new FERC rules aimed at easing crowded interconnection queues. We discuss how PJM is address

Effects Of West Virginia v EPA On Power Sector
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The US Supreme Court today rejected six to three certain steps the US Environmental Protection Agency tried in the past to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Capital Account Implications for Renewable Energy Tax Credits Webinar: Q&A
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Below our questions asked by the audience during our webinar of June 22 Capital Account Implications for Renewable Energy Tax Credits with our answers and explanations.

2022 PTC inflation adjustment
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Production tax credits for producing renewable electricity will be slightly lower this year than thought earlier after the Internal Revenue Service corrected an error.

Climate change disclosures
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Climate change disclosures that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to require of public companies could have two indirect effects on power companies.

Tax equity and construction delays
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The tax equity market is wrestling with a series of issues tied to inflation and construction delays.

Anti-circumvention duty moratorium
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Tariff moratorium regulations are expected soon.

Customs gets tougher on forced labor
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Solar companies are anxious about whether tougher enforcement of a US prohibition against importing products that benefited from Chinese forced labor will mean more blocked solar panels and batteries.

Environmental update: June 2022
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New York lawmakers passed a bill designed to slow the spread of cryptocurrency mining operations that burn fossil fuels for power in early June.

Ex-Im Bank financing for US manufacturing
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The Export-Import Bank of the United States is moving forward with plans to finance construction of new US factories and expansion of existing factories that, in each case, will produce some goods for export.

Taking stock of community solar
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A panel of five community solar experts talked in late February in Boston about new trends in the community solar market, including evolving contract terms, consolidated utility billing, customer attrition ...

Challenges facing individuals as tax equity investors
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Ever wonder why as an individual, you probably cannot claim the investment tax credit or production tax credits?

Private activity bonds for carbon capture
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A massive bipartisan infrastructure act that became law last November authorizes tax-exempt “private activity bonds” to be used to finance carbon capture projects.

Carbon capture terms
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Interest in carbon capture projects has soared over the past year. To document commercial terms, some parties are re-purposing concepts from gas and refined coal deals. Others are cutting brand new ...

How hedges have changed since Uri
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The hedge market is offering the same menu of options a year and a half after a sudden cold snap in Texas left some power projects facing huge losses.

Project sales still closing despite circumvention risk
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Sales of solar projects and solar development platforms are still closing, despite some risk that a court could still block implementation of a 24-month moratorium on anti-circumvention duties on solar ...

Tariffs, inflation and other challenges
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A panel of veteran financiers at the annual ACORE finance forum in New York in early June . . .

Ep193: DOE Loan Program Office Update
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Jigar Shah, Director of the Department of Energy's Loan Program Office, joins us to discuss the mission of the program and what it is working on right now. We talk about the types of deals that are relevant for

Webinar: Capital account implications for renewable energy tax credits
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In this webinar, partners David Burton and Hilary Lefko discuss the current trends, as well as capital account and tax basis implications for renewable energy partnerships.

Ep192: Biden's Executive Order
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Stefan Reisinger, partner Norton Rose Fulbright’s Washington office, joins us for a closer look at the Biden action yesterday to shield solar panels imported from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia during

Ep191: Recent Evolution of the Hedge Market
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Lee Taylor, CEO of REsurety, joins us to discuss the recent evolution of the hedge market due to the impacts of winter storm Uri. We get into the spectrum of hedging options before the storm, how each of those

Soundbites II from Solar + Wind Finance and Investment Summit 2022
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This is the second installment of soundbites from Infocast’s inaugural Solar + Wind Finance and Investment Summit.

Solar panel import duties: contract minefield
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Solar panel import duties: Construction and procurement
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The US Department of Commerce’s decision to investigate antidumping and duties on solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam has resulted in a slowdown in imports of panels to the US.

Ep190: Climate Insurance and the Solar Industry
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Jason Kaminsky, CEO of kWh Analytics, joins us to discuss the company’s $20M Series B fundraise and the emergence of climate insurance. We discuss what the fundraise means for the industry as a whole, why clima

Soundbites from Solar + Wind Finance and Investment Summit 2022
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The inaugural Solar + Wind Finance and Investment Summit was held in Scottsdale, AZ from March 6 to 9 and the conference was extremely well-attended.

Ep189: Proposed Tariffs Add to Uncertainty for Solar Develop
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Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, joins us to discuss what the potential anti-circumvention tariffs on cells and modules from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cam

Ampersand clarifies power project placed-in-service analysis
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David Burton and Viktoria Vozarova analyze the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass LLC v. US.

Environmental update: March 2022
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The Biden administration is looking for other ways to press banks to prepare for potential threats to the nation’s financial system from climate change.

Effects of the Russian invasion
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Leading project finance market participants were split as the NewsWire went to press about the effect the Russian invasion of Ukraine will have on renewable energy and the broader project finance market.

The road ahead
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The talk at the annual Infocast Projects & Money conference in New Orleans in late January was about the rapidly evolving US renewable energy market.

Carbon offsets as a potential source of revenue
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Renewable energy developers are showing more interest in the voluntary carbon offset market as a potential source of additional revenue for their projects.

Calculating how much tax equity can be raised
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Developers of renewable energy projects in the United States sometimes struggle to calculate how much tax equity can be raised to help pay the project cost.

Cost of capital: 2022 outlook
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A record number of banks and grey market lenders are chasing projects at the start of 2022, keeping downward pressure on interest rates despite rising inflation.

Representations and warranties insurance data and claims
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Roughly 20% of representations and warranties insurance policies issued between 2016 and 2018 had claims made on them within three years after the policy inception.

Customs seizures of solar panels
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US Customs is starting to release some blocked Chinese solar panels.

Crypto mining opportunities
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Cryptocurrency miners are becoming a potentially lucrative outlet for some power suppliers

Another utility tax equity structure
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A utility structure for raising tax equity solves a so-called section 707(b) issue with some utility tax equity partnerships.

Policy outlook for US renewable energy
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Law firms are fielding constant questions about the outlook for the “Build Back Better” bill, whether certain provisions risk being left behind and what is likely to happen with Customs seizures of some...

Sophisticated use of political risk insurance
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Lenders and equity investors in emerging market projects can make more sophisticated country risk analyses, insuring selected risks in a manner that increases the internal rates of return on projects.

Replacing LIBOR
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Replacing LIBOR with SOFR will not trigger US tax consequences, as long as the change doesn’t cross one of four tripwires.

Solar panel import duties
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US import tariffs on solar cells and panels could remain a battleground into the summer.

Ep188: Energy Storage Investment Tax Credits
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Keith Martin, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, joins us to discuss investment tax credits (ITCs) for energy storage and provide an update on the current tax equity market. We get into how current

Ep187: Freeing Energy with Bill Nussey
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Bill Nussey, founder and CEO of the Freeing Energy Project, joins us to discuss the shift to cleaner, cheaper energy. We discuss his new book, Freeing Energy, why he thinks local energy can be cheaper than elec

Renewable energy finance and tax trends for 2022: Q&A, presentation and recording
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David Burton provides the answers to the questions submitted by audience members during the webinar.

Ep186: An Inside Look at Intersect’s $2.6 Billion Financing
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Ep185: Cost of Capital: 2022 Outlook
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The year ahead looks like another strong year for financings, but with uncertainty around supply chains, inflation, potential tax law changes and import tariffs. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond is up sig

Desert Sunlight Opinion Sheds Light on Purchase Price Allocations For ITC
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The Court of Federal Claims in its summary judgment opinion in the Desert Sunlight case clarified the application of the purchase price allocation rules to determine the investment tax credit (ITC).

Ep184: Scaling the Next Generation of Sustainability
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Katie McClain, partner at Energize Ventures, joins us to discuss the company’s investment approach. We get into what it looks for in clean energy and climate tech companies, how its approach differs from other

Required Reporting to FINCen
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The United States moved one step closer in December to requiring US companies to file reports with the US Treasury disclosing their beneficial owners.

Utility Status in Iowa
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An Iowa homeowners’ association is a water utility and must collect a utility excise tax on water service, the state tax department said.

Solar Output Forecasts
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Some solar output forecasts are too optimistic.