Disappearing tax equity
Tax equity investors from five banks talked during a conference call in late July about the condition of the US tax equity market.
Independent cogeneration and small renewable energy projects have lost key protections from merchant risks that they have relied on to help secure financing for the past 40 years.
Lessons learned from the PG&E bankruptcy
Two senior bankers and the general counsel of a prominent renewable energy developer talk about what effect the PG&E bankruptcy has had on the ability to finance renewable energy projects in California.
Pension plans pressured over ESG investments
A US Department of Labor proposal to bar retirement plan administrators from considering ESG factors when choosing investments could have a significant effect on the renewable energy sector.
Cap on interest deductions explained
The IRS filled in detail in July in 860 pages of new regulations about how the cap works on the interest expense that a company can deduct each year.
DFC window opens for domestic loans
The US government is making available new loans to fund domestic private-sector projects that support the domestic industrial-base capabilities necessary to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
A California Public Utilities Commission decision in late June should lead to wider adoption of micro-grids in the state, at least in the service territories of the three large investor-owned utilities.
Surety bonds compared to LCs
Parties to project finance transactions are sometimes asked to accept surety bonds as security in place of letters of credit. There are key differences between the two instruments.
Floating solar — also known as floatovoltaics — is a small but growing segment in the solar energy industry.
The Trump administration weakened a major climate-change regulation in August by eliminating the obligation that oil and gas companies detect and repair methane leaks.
Slowdown in corporate PPAs
New corporate PPAs have become scarce. Brokers and lawyers report less interest among US companies in
signing long-term corporate power purchase agreements due to uncertainty about the economy.
DOE starts implementing Trump bulk-power system order
A US Department of Energy request for information to help it implement the Trump bulk-power system order identifies six foreign adversaries against which the order is directed.
California moves to shield solar from split-roll initiative
The California legislature may shield nonresidential solar projects from a property tax increase that is on the state ballot this November.
SOFR too volatile?
Some analysts are questioning whether SOFR — the new base interest rate that will replace LIBOR in US contracts — is too volatile to serve as a good replacement.
US offshore wind set to overtake oil & gas
US offshore wind will come close to overtaking offshore oil and gas over the next 10 years in terms of new capital expenditures, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie.
Banks and partnership flips
National banks have been given clearer guidelines by the US Comptroller of the Currency about when they can participate as tax equity investors in partnership-flip transactions.
Utility tax equity deal
A utility tax equity filing with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reveals interesting data points about the current tax equity market.
Renewables and public utility property
Utilities keep asking the IRS whether renewable energy projects they plan to own will be “public utility property.”
Valuation issues feature in pipeline dispute
The property tax assessment on a natural gas pipeline was more than 50% too high, an appeals court said in August.
Carried interests and Section 1061
Carried interests in partnerships earn income that is harder to report as long-term capital gain.
Powerex saga with Oregon
Oregon lost another round in a long-running battle with the BC Hydro trading arm, Powerex, over whether electricity and gas that the company sells to customers in California, but that pass through Oregon ...
Virginia and retail choice
Virginia told Walmart that it could not enter into one or more corporate power purchase agreements to buy electricity for its 188 stores in the state.
Government relocation payments and Section 118
Government payments to induce a company to relocate had to be reported as taxable income, a US appeals court said in late July.
Taxes on Native Americans
American Indians are subject to US income taxes on gravel mined on the reservation, a US appeals court said in August.
Tax planning strategies as trade secrets
A tax planning strategy is not a trade secret, a US appeals court said in late July.
New sleep aid: US tax code
New sleep aid. TaxAct advertises on its website a new recording of a person reading the US tax code.