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It is the start of a new year. Interest rates are headed up in the broader market. Economists are split on where the US and global economies are headed. Share prices on world bourses took a beating...
In Episode 23, Richard Matsui of kWh Analytics sat down with us to explain the solar revenue put. One year later, he joins us again...
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a policy statement, a blanket order and a proposed interpretive rule relieving some of the reporting requirements for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters.
The stock of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s public traded parent, PG&E Corporation, took a beating in the market during the wildfires this fall, but recovered some of its value...
In a sign of the increasing maturity of the blockchain industry and its potential significance to the American economy, two bipartisan bills were introduced in the House of Representatives last week aimed
Prepaid power contracts are harder to make work after the US tax reforms last December.
US installed wind capacity stood at 90,550 megawatts at the end of the third quarter 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
New gas-fired power plants are expected to eclipse wind and solar installations this year.
US solar installations dipped 15% in the third quarter 2018.
Interest and property taxes must sometimes be capitalized rather than deducted.
California will decide next year whether to conform to the tax changes the federal government made in late 2017.
US tariffs are causing some types of Chinese imports to surge.
The meaning of “critical habitat” and the scope of protection offered by the Endangered Species Act are being hotly litigated in the appellate courts, with potentially significant implications for developers.
Project sponsors and corporate electricity purchasers are entering into two new types of arrangements to mitigate risk in existing offtake contracts.
Representatives of three California CCAs talked at an American Wind Energy Association finance conference in San Francisco in October about their needs for additional power and some of the challenges they face.
Three community solar developers and one aggregator of community solar customers talked at the Infocast Community Solar 2.0 conference about the how the basic business model is evolving and current issues.
When a developer that has sold assets later files for bankruptcy, many of its transactions that it engaged in during the time leading up to its bankruptcy filing will be scrutinized in the bankruptcy case.
The Internal Revenue Service filled in detail in late November about how a new cap works on the interest expense that a company can deduct each year.
Panelists had a wide-ranging conversation in San Francisco in October about the state of the US wind industry.
A group of veteran Washington insiders talked three days after the election about what the results mean for the US power sector, particularly renewable energy.
Many people have been asking since Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office as Mexican president in early December what this means for the power and infrastructure sectors in the country.
This week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced the members of the Interest Rate Benchmark Reform Subcommittee (“Benchmark Reform Subcommittee”)...
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) is accepting comments until January 27, 2019 to its call for information and nominations for commercial wind leases off of the coast of California...
Bob Shapiro joins us to discuss potential wildfire impacts on PG&E, including potential impacts to PG&E's counterparties. We dive into the relationship between the California legislature and...
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) is now soliciting applications for the development of up to 1,100 MW of offshore wind energy generation, the nation’s largest single-state solicitation...
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) will be auctioning about 390,000 acres of offshore wind lease areas on December 13, 2018 off of the shore of Massachusetts...
Listen to a discussion among Keith Martin and five veteran Washington lobbyists and power company office heads about how the US mid-term election results are likely to affect the power...
Greg Remec, Senior Director with Fitch Ratings, joins us to give a master class on ratings for projects, discussing what goes into a rating, how the different players affect the grade and more.
Scott Bank of First American Insurance sat down to discuss all things title insurance.
Bankruptcy analysis has become a central part of due diligence on renewable and other power projects as project developers rely more frequently on corporate PPAs as a source of revenue for their projects.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may not be used to prosecute an individual with no ties to the United States.
Landfill gas tax credits were denied.
Repatriated profits are being used mainly for share buybacks and debt repayments.
Cryptocurrency use risks triggering unwanted tax consequences.
Zero emissions credits were upheld — again.
Three solar transactions landed in court.
A flood of US wind projects should come to market over the next two years.
Reported fair market values for solar projects are continuing to decline.
US tariffs on many Chinese imports will increase automatically on January 1, unless any meeting between the US and Chinese presidents on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina in late November.
California became one of two US states in September to require all electricity supplied in the state to come from renewable or other carbon-free sources.
Two new laws enacted in September will have a major effect on the California energy market.
Two courts stopped construction of natural gas pipelines in the last few months due to problems with permits.
Securitizations are becoming a more common technique to raise low-cost debt for energy projects.
Battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure, community solar, micro-grids and fuel cells are emerging markets on which lenders like Investec are focused as potential growth areas.
Individuals have to pay US income taxes on only roughly 80% of the income they receive from partnerships, S corporations and other pass-through entities.
A representations and warranties insurance policy, or RWI, is insurance that covers the losses that arise from a breach by the seller of its representations and warranties in an acquisition agreement.
The California Public Utilities Commission issued a highly-anticipated decision in October revising the formula for calculating exit fees that the three investor-owned utilities in California can charge.
Ken Elser of DNV GL joins us to discuss when a company contemplating an M&A transaction should approach an independent engineer and more.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for the Second Circuit each upheld a state's creation of a rate subsidization plan to keep operating nuclear plants economically afloat...
Ren Plastina of Investec joins us to talk about energy storage and electric vehicles and how to be a first mover in both markets.
Steven Greenwald, senior advisor and former head of project finance with Credit Suisse, reflects on a rich 39-year history in the project finance industry.
In the past, it has taken years for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue decisions on whether or not to authorize onshore LNG facilities...
Michael Kleinberg, head of distributed energy resources and energy storage at DNV GL, joins us to talk all things energy storage. He shares an update on current technology trends of lithium ion...
The representations and warranties insurance (RWI) market is growing rapidly as the insurance expands in scope to cover more types of transactions...
Due to concerns about fuel security, ISO-NE proposed tariff revisions to induce a large gas-fired generator to continue to operate rather than retire its unit for economic reasons...
Amanda Rosenberg tells what the major changes are in a new law this month that gives CFIUS broader power to set aside inbound US investments and how they will affect the energy industry...
The US government now has expanded authority to review inbound investments. President Trump signed the law expanding the powers of CFIUS. CFIUS stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United...
American Indians are not subject to US income taxes on gravel mined on the reservation, a federal district court said in late July.
Solar tax benefits were allowed to two individuals on three rooftop solar installations after the IRS made a mistake.
Electric cooperatives are concerned that they will lose their federal income tax exemptions because of the tax reforms that were enacted last December.
Gas pipelines got a break from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Community choice aggregators in California bought 57.1% more electricity from wholesale suppliers in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
Solar panel prices are expected to fall 34% by year end to a global average of 24.4¢ a watt, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The construction-start rules for wind farms are under attack from the coal lobby.
US installed solar capacity was 55,900 megawatts at the end of the first quarter 2018.
US installed wind capacity was 90,004 megawatts at the end of June.
The IRS launched a new taxpayer compliance campaign aimed at cryptocurrencies on July 2.
Carbon taxes remain in the spotlight, although only dimly so.
The US started collecting a 25% tariff on July 6 on a list of Chinese goods that accounted for $34 billion in imports last year.
A physical presence is no longer required for companies making sales to have to collect sales taxes, the US Supreme Court said in late June.
Tax basis issues remain largely unresolved after a US appeals court decision in late July in a closely-watched case involving Alta Wind.
The Trump administration announced in August to roll back Obama-era automobile emissions and fuel efficiency standards and revoke the long-standing authority of states to impose stricter standards.
Two bills have been proposed in the California legislature that could affect renewable energy companies in California: SB 100 in the state senate and AB 813 in the state assembly.
Various car manufacturers have announced dramatic increases in electric vehicle production in response to domestic and international pressure to electrify the transportation sector.
Four industry veterans talked about new trends in financing renewable energy projects at the 15th annual ACORE/Euromoney REFF-Wall Street conference in New York.
Four prime movers in the push to install batteries talked about where installation of batteries already makes economic sense and what is driving current adoption.
PJM proposed and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a plan to change the way PJM runs auctions to buy capacity.
Solar developers got long-awaited guidance from the Internal Revenue Service today about what must be done on future projects to be considered under construction in time to qualify for federal tax credits.
Four blockchain pioneers talked at the 29th annual global energy and finance conference in June about what blockchain means for the power sector.
Four panelists talked about the growing problems in this area at the 29th annual global energy and finance conference in June.
Depreciation bonus regulations that the IRS issued on August 3 answer a number of questions that have been coming up this year in M&A and tax equity transactions.
The Turkish Ministry of Energy launched a tender for the country’s first offshore wind power plant on June 21. The deadline for bid submissions is October 23.
Recent headlines have captured the decision of the newly elected Ontario provincial government to cancel more than 700 renewable energy contracts in the province.
Three prominent wind developers and the head of electricity procurement for a utility talked about lessons from recent utility procurements, corporate PPAs and hedges.
The session this year was a wide-ranging discussion about new trends in the market with the investment banker or banker equivalent of a panel of journalists on the Sunday morning talk shows.
Congress passed legislation in early August that will subject more in-bound US investments to review by CFIUS. The President is expected to sign the law.
The New York Public Service Commission issued an order in July to establish the framework for the first phase of procuring 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by the year 2030. The New York State Energy...
Listen in as Patrick Dolan offers a general overview of securitization and then dives specifically into the niche market of property assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds...
Jim Berger discusses back-leveraged loans from a legal perspective, going over the big picture of project structures as well as the most negotiated points in these transactions, the breakdown of...
The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule to expedite approvals for small-scale exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the United States does not have a free-trade agreement (non-F
Bankruptcy lawyer Howard Seife sits down to talk about what happens when a power purchaser files for bankruptcy, using the recent Chapter 11 filing by First Energy Solutions as a case study...
We sat down with Benoit Allehaut, director on the clean energy infrastructure team at Capital Dynamics, fresh off the heels of its acquisition and privatization of 8point3 Energy...
Join us as we take a closer look at CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee is charged with reviewing transactions in which a foreign person will gain control...
Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, talks about New York’s 50% renewable energy by 2030 plan, its goals for the offshore wind market and its stance on energy storage.
Keith Martin joins Todd Alexander to talk about the likely outcome of DOE efforts to halt coal and nuclear power plant retirements, how the growing number of US import tariffs is affecting the market...
Todd Alexander discusses the M&A landscape, macro trends in the market, valuations, assumptions, natural owners and more with industry veteran Ted Brandt of Marathon Capital.
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