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… Read More »Op-ed: Should public utility commissions regulate cooperatives?
Financing Renewable Energy Projects
This article is reprinted from CFC Solutions News Bulletin (23 January 2017). The 19 member distribution cooperatives of Kansas Electric Power Cooperative (KEPCo), a generation… Read More »New CREBs Aid Kansas G&T’s Prairie Sky Solar Farm
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 for certain types of projects is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). A recent IRS private ruling discusses the limitations and potential viability of REITs for funding energy development projects. Read More »IRS Ruling Address Power Generation by REITs
Competing Cost-Benefit Studies Fuel Net Metering Debate
This blog post was written by AHC attorney Roland Hall.
Net metering is a billing mechanism that allows consumers to receive credit for electricity they generate from small-scale renewable energy resources and transfer onto the grid. The details of how net metering works, such as the value of credits, and the ability to bank credits, vary among the states and electric utilities that have net metering policies in place. Solar installations make up the overwhelming majority of net metering generation. Read More »Competing Cost-Benefit Studies Fuel Net Metering Debate
This guest post was obtained from CFC’s Solutions News Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 40 (Oct. 28, 2013).
Co-ops Receive $3.6 Million in Solar Funds
Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative awarded $60 million to support solar energy research and development across the country; $3.6 million was awarded to an electric cooperative initiative. The multi-state, 23-MW cooperative solar research effort will seek to identify and address barriers to solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment at electric cooperatives. Read More »Guest Post: Co-ops Receive $3.6M in Solar Funds
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 the participants to read the ruling with a dose of skepticism. As it turns out, on reconsideration, the Service has revoked the prior ruling because it “is not in accord with the current views of the Service.” Read More »IRS Revokes Potentially Beneficial Ruling for Renewable Energy Developers
This post is a repost from CFC’s Solutions News Bulletin, Sept. 24, 2012, Vol. 14, No. 36.
At the September board meeting of the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO), John List, CFC senior vice president, Member Services, discussed the funding behind current and future renewable energy projects. The regularly scheduled meeting was hosted by Indianapolis, Ind.-based Wabash Valley Power.Read More »State of Renewable Energy Financing for Coops
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 will discuss important provisions in PPAs for allocating the risks and benefits arising from PPAs.Read More »AHC Attorney David Cook Presents Webinar on Power Purchase Agreements
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. Read More »Guest Post: A New Approach to Innovation Tax Policy For Renewables
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 the project to another party. PPAs typically represent the primary, and sometimes sole, revenue source for the project. Accordingly, PPAs should be drafted in a manner that recognizes their critical importance to both the project developer or owner and power purchaser.Read More »IRS Ruling Discusses Important Attributes of Power Purchase Agreements