Op-ed: Should public utility commissions regulate cooperatives?

Dan Nemes of MN350 (an organization addressing the global climate crisis), offers this op-ed in the 6 February issue of  Rochester, Minnesota’s Post-Bulletin, opposing the Minnesota Legislature’s recently proposed legislation that he believes will negatively impact the state’s renewable energy …

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Unnoticed tax exemption creates surprise break for co-ops but confusion for lawmakers in

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In 1988, the Tennessee Legislature changed state law to give rural electric cooperatives a temporary, four-year city and county property tax exemption on their investments in new facilities and plants. The law sat on the books, unnoticed, for almost 20 …

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Private sector partnerships help DoD meet goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy production

For the last two decades, federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DoD) have set mandates to reduce energy intensity, lower greenhouse gases and increase use of alternative energy sources. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires …

IRS Ruling Address Power Generation by REITs

Developers are constantly looking for ways to find capital for their energy development projects.  They have solicited all sorts of capital, including banks, angel investors, private equity investors, private development bonds, and other sources.  One other potential source of capital

IRS Revokes Potentially Beneficial Ruling for Renewable Energy Developers

A prior blog post discussed a private ruling by the service regarding the allocation of purchase price among the assets of a renewable energy developer.  Attorney David R. Cook discussed the ruling in a webinar on PPA taxation and recommended …

AHC Attorney David Cook Presents Webinar on Power Purchase Agreements

AHC attorney David R. Cook will present a webinar regarding the legal and tax aspects of power purchase agreements (PPAs). Along with two other power industry professionals, he will address accounting and tax issues involved with PPAs.  In addition, David …

Guest Post: A New Approach to Innovation Tax Policy For Renewables

This guest post is an excerpt from Congressional Testimony by Will Coleman before the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, entitled Joint Hearing on Energy Tax Policy and Tax Reform.  Please post your reaction and comments below. …

IRS Ruling Discusses Important Attributes of Power Purchase Agreements

In the context of renewable energy project development, power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) are the cornerstone upon which the project is built and operated.  PPAs are contracts through which the developer or ultimate owner of a project sells power generated by …