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  Heather Cooper works on federal income tax matters, with a focus on energy tax issues. She represents clients in restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional energy related matters. Heather's national practice includes advising on all aspects of renewable energy transactions such as solar and wind projects. She provides advice on tax equity structures, refinancings, acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings and workouts. Read Heather Cooper's full bio.

The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy


By , , , and on Dec 8, 2017
Posted In Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax liability by making cross-border payments to affiliates. Given its potential to disrupt the financing of...

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Initial Republican Tax Reform Proposal Includes Tax Cuts and Changes to Energy Credits


By , , , and on Nov 3, 2017
Posted In Featured, Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

Changes to the energy credits proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact the eligibility of renewable energy projects that had been relying on the guidance previously issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue Reading

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Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal


By , , and on May 25, 2017
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower the business tax rate and to eliminate special interest tax breaks. They also provide for significant changes in energy...

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IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts


By , , and on Feb 2, 2017
Posted In Uncategorized

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Rev. Proc. 2017-19, 2016-6 I.R.B. (the Rev. Proc.), providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge the tax treatment of an Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Savings Agreement (ESPC ESA) as a service contract under Section 7701(e)(3). While the application of the guidance...

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IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects


By , , , and on Dec 21, 2016
Posted In Environmental, Power Markets, Renewables, Tax

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-04, which provides welcome guidance on how to meet the “beginning of construction” requirements for wind and other qualified facilities. There has been much uncertainty about when construction of these types of facilities begins for renewable energy tax credit purposes. The Notice (1) extends the...

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Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation


By , , , and on Nov 4, 2016
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to the Plaintiffs in a case with respect to the cash grant program under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Section 1603 Grant). In its opinion, which was unsealed on Monday, October 31, the Court held...

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Final Regulations Define ‘Real Property’ for REITs: Considerations for Renewable Energy and Transmission Assets


By , , , and on Sep 29, 2016
Posted In Renewables, Tax, Uncategorized

On August 31, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and US Department of the Treasury issued final regulations (Final Regulations) under section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code to clarify the definition of “real property” for purposes of sections 856 through 859 relating to real estate investment trusts (REITs). The Final Regulations largely follow proposed...

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Energy Tax Extenders in FAA Bill Unlikely


By , , , and on Jun 30, 2016
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

As discussed in our post on April 7, US Congress extended the Production Tax Credit (PTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45 and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) under IRC Section 48 in December 2015, but failed to include extensions for certain types of renewable energy property, including fuel cell power plants, stationary microturbine power...

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IRS Revises Recent Begin Construction Guidance


By , , , and on May 20, 2016
Posted In Renewables, Tax

On May 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revised Notice 2016-31 (Notice), its recent guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (including biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic facilities). For a discussion of the Notice, click here. The revisions clarify that the Continuity...

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IRS Issues Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects


By , , , and on May 11, 2016
Posted In Renewables, Tax

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notice 2016-31, which provides much-needed guidance for wind and other qualified facilities on meeting the beginning of construction requirements in light of the 2015 statutory extension and modification of the production tax credit and the investment tax credit. The Notice also revises and adds to the list of excusable disruptions...

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