How US manufacturing clients qualify for advanced energy project credits - The secret to a winning 48C application

By Barrry Devine, Tri-Merit

The Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) provides manufacturers with billions of dollars in tax credits for making investments in advanced energy projects, as defined in 26 USC § 48C(c). Most renewable energy tax credits are based on the capital cost or the production output of a renewable energy asset, but the 48C program is a ‘facility’ credit as defined under IRC §48C.

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Poland: Focus on the energy crisis

By Andrzej Tokaj, Penteris

The rising cost of commodities is the main driver behind the crisis which seems to be hitting energy-intensive companies the hardest but also greatly impacting other businesses. This is having a knock-effect on both food and energy prices which, in turn, is ramping up the operating costs of companies.

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Energy Sector Opportunities

By Andrzej Tokaj, Penteris

Lawyers and energy sector experts from Poland (Penteris), France (De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés), Saudi Arabia (AlMaghthawi & Partners), China (DaWo Law Firm Shanghai), South Africa (ENSafrica), and India (Khaitan & Co) have come together to examine current trends on the energy market. Here are some of the key trends.

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Renewable energies: new legislation in Germany concerning the EEG

By Dr. Carolin Klein, LUTZ | ABEL

The amendment to the promotion of renewable energy characterised the year 2014 to a great degree. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) which came into force on 1 August 2014 initiated the changeover to a new system for the promotion of renewable energy. Unless the facility operators are subject to specific exemptions, operators of new plants are generally required by EEG 2014 to sell their generated electricity through the electricity market.

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Offshore wind energy in the Netherlands

By Götz Hempel, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

One of the connecting subjects between the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavian countries are issues regarding renewable energy, namely on- and offshore wind energy. Especially the conditions for offshore wind energy in the Netherlands are excellent: relatively shallow waters, good wind resource, good harbour facilities, experienced industries and a new, robust support system.

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Price decline of emission certificates to be stopped

A quarter of the CO2 emissions certificates that are planned to be released by 2015 will not be put on the market until 2019 and 2020. On February 19, 2013, the European Parliament's Environment Committee issued this proposal for approval by the EU Commission. This is to prevent the industrial sector from stocking up on emissions certificates at dumping prices.

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