The shift to electric vehicles
The transportation sector is headed toward mass electrification. It accounts currently for 29% of energy usage in the United States.
FOIA: Keeping information confidential
A US Supreme Court decision in late June will make it easier for federal agencies to withhold confidential information received from private companies from public disclosure when responding to Freedom of Inf...
California on edge
What does the PG&E bankruptcy suggest for the utility business model? Some banks have stepped back from financing new projects in California for fear that future wildfires may threaten other utilities.
Buying a wind farm
Anyone buying a wind farm should be aware of a number of issues that can affect the value or even viability of the project.
Raising capital in a market in transition
Capital is usually harder to raise during periods of uncertainty about government policy. Lenders and investors adjust to changes in the market itself.
Storage versus gas
Developers are pushing ahead with more gas-fired power projects, and lenders stand ready to finance them, but equity may be in short supply.
PJM capacity, grid reliability and PURPA
Several major issues that affect large segments of the power industry remain on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agenda as it heads into the fall.
“Protected” versus “registered” series LLCs
Under the Delaware limited liability company statute, an LLC can create different combinations or series of members, managers, interests or assets by p...
Developers on financing issues
A group of top finance officers at wind and solar developers talked about current issues crossing their desks at the 30th annual global energy and finance conference in California in June.
C-PACE poised to grow in New York
Commercial PACE lending to make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems in office buildings and other commercial properties is expected to increase in New York...
The US Department of Agriculture has taken a significant step toward finalizing its revisions to Obama-era policies for conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat in five Western states.
An investment tax credit extension is back before Congress.
Tariffs remain a significant hazard for developers who must commit to supply electricity at fixed prices only to have the US slap an import tariff on key equipment before the project can be built.
Capital gains indexing and tax equity
Capital gains indexing could affect tax equity deals.
Developer fees are in less favor after a decision by the US claims court in June to bar a wind developer from adding developer fees to the tax basis it used to calculate Treasury cash grants on two wind farms.
Extending the four-year window
The four-year window to finish some renewable energy projects to qualify for federal tax credits will be extended in one situation, the IRS said.
The LIBOR transition
The LIBOR transition is getting high-level attention in Washington.
Taxpayers got through to the Internal Revenue Service, when calling during the last filing season about compliance issues, only 33% of the time after an average wait of 41 minutes, according to Nina Olson, the
Cryptocurrencies are in the IRS crosshairs.
Some transactions must be reported to the IRS as potential corporate tax shelters.
Section 195 deductions
Start-up companies can be actively engaged in business even though there are no sales.
Floating solar projects
Floating solar projects may not command the same market share ultimately as offshore wind, but they are starting to get traction.
Base case models in tax equity deals can take a person quickly into the weeds, but the details are important.
Moody’s said in early July that it expects coal to account for as little as 11% of US power generation by 2030.