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Monday, 16 September 2013 19:57

The Political State of Renewable Energy

By Matt Lucas 9/16/13   Berc logo

“Washington can be a tough place”, said John MacWilliams, senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy, in his understated manner. “Luckily, we have a president who deeply cares about these issues [renewables and climate change], and he has appointed a Secretary of Energy who is uniquely qualified to address those issues.”

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:58

Putting Real Energy In Tax Reform

July 24 -- "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" -- L.M. Montgomery.  Indeed, in life and strangely enough finally with this country's tax code, this country later this month is getting a fresh start on expanding what is possible as a nation in that arcane of all government endeavors. >>View Article

July 3 -- Electric vehicles had their strongest month in June this year as major automakers cut prices and added hefty incentives to boost sales. General Motors Co. — after a series of disappointing sales months for its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt — reported sales jumped by 53 percent to 2,698 in June, up over the 1,760 in June 2012 after it offered incentives worth as much as $5,000 off 2012 models and $4,000 off 2013 models. For the first half of 2013, sales are up 11.8 percent.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 13:28

Level playing field for renewables

June 25 -- Equal opportunity or a “level playing field” in the free market is one of the greatest cornerstones of American society. It ignites healthy competition between competitors, rewards the best ones and protects the path for others to reach the top. But in the marketplace of energy, that path is blocked when it comes to equal opportunity for investors. Since 1987, only fossil-fuel-based projects — not renewable energy technologies — have been able to leverage low-cost capital through master limited partnerships. >>View Article

June 6 -- The American entrepreneurial spirit is an incredibly strong force in the domestic and global marketplace. And when markets allow businesses – small and large – to compete, grow, and innovate on an equal and fair playing field, all Americans benefit. >>View Article

May 6 -- Last year, The Pew Charitable Trusts organized roundtable discussions across the country to gather input from clean energy industry leaders on strategies for enhancing U.S. competitiveness in this key sector of the global economy. Throughout these discussions, we heard from business leaders, investors, and innovators about the importance of eliminating barriers to competition and low-cost capital for clean energy technology development. >>View Article

May 1 -- Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to level the energy playing field between fossil and renewable energy projects. The bill, titled the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, would allow investors in renewable energy projects access the corporate structure of master limited partnerships. The business structure offers tax significant tax benefits to investors, but is currently only available to investors in fossil energy projects. >>View Article

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:54

Congress Can Jolt Renewable Energy

April 30 -- The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, introduced last week by Sen. Christopher Coons and 15 bipartisan co-sponsors is a strong signal that Congress is serious about promoting America’s renewable energy future. The American Council On Renewable Energy applauds Sen. Coons’ leadership and calls on Congress to quickly pass Master Limited Partnership (MLP) legislation. By doing so, Congress can help level the playing field and promote greater private investment in our nation’s abundant and affordable renewable energy resources and fuels. >>View Article

April 29 -- Renewable energy developers may win some tax benefits from Congress that only oil and gas companies can enjoy right now. A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last week would allow renewable and clean energy-related companies to structure their businesses as master limited partnerships -- avoiding double taxation while also trading ownership interests on the market, similar to corporate stock, Bloomberg BNA reported. >>View Article

April 24 -- Senator Chris Coons plans to unveil a bill later this week that would allow US wind farms, solar energy facilities and other renewable energy projects to form tax-advantageous publicly-traded business structures. Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plans to introduce the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act on Wednesday, according to Ian Koski, a Coons spokesman. >>View Article

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