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Wind PPA tax rule
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 15 2012

The Internal Revenue Service issued Private Letter Ruling 201214007 April 6, concluding that where a taxpayer purchased wind energy facilities accompanied by facility-specific Power Purchase Agreements, no portion of the purchase price need be allocated to the PPAs as a separate asset


9 water plans
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report April finding that only nine state Alaska, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania Washington, and Wisconsin governments have taken steps to address the impacts of climate change on water supplies and resources


Biofuels in RFS defended
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

Speaking at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference April 3, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended biofuel mandates in the national renewable fuel standard, saying that an increase in the number of biorefineries to produce advanced ethanol are expected soon, and that biofuels create rural jobs and increase energy security


Biofuels roundtable forthcoming
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

The Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy will host an Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable on May 18 in Washington, DC


Military re financing guidance needed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

The Government Accountability Office released a report April 4 suggesting that the Department of Defense develop comprehensive guidance for officials selecting financing terms for military renewable energy projects and that it communicate such information to project officers at installations


Upcoming hearings
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing April 26 and is currently considering whether Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify on a March 16 memo directing the four federally controlled power marketing administrations to cooperate on grid upgrades to accommodate renewable energy sources and improve cybersecurity


WY ethanol PTC repealed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 8 2012

On March 22, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed SF 8 repealing the $0.40 gasoline tax credit for ethanol producers, allowing the state Highway Fund and local governments to begin collecting millions in fuel taxes ethanol produced in the state


Reactor licensing halt requested
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • June 24 2012

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League led more than 20 environmental groups and individuals in filing a petition June 18 asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay final licensing decisions for dozens of nuclear reactors until it has completed a rulemaking on the environmental impact of storing and disposing commercial spent fuel


US pledges $2 billion for sustainable development
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA, Global
  • June 24 2012

The United States Department of State pledged at the Rio20 summit June 21 $2 billion in grants, loans, and loan guarantees to Sustainable Energy for All, an international initiative aimed at supporting development and clean energy projects launched by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last September


Upcoming hearings
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • June 24 2012

On June 27, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal year 2013 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and related programs and agencies