Project Finance NewsWire

Publication | June 2017
Project Finance NewsWire

Project Finance NewsWire

The Project Finance NewsWire reports on new developments affecting the power sector, gas pipelines, LNG terminals, energy storage facilities, energy efficiency, biofuels, gasification, water, toll roads, bridges, ports, stadiums and other infrastructure. We report from the perspective of a law firm down in the trenches on deals. The NewsWire is published every other month and goes to 46,000 people.

In this issue

Financing projects with community choice aggregators

A report by the California Public Utilities Commission in May predicts that more than 85% of California’s retail electric load will be served by sources other than...

June 2017

The changing California electricity market

The California regulatory agencies are scrambling to get ahead of a rapidly changing California electricity market as millions of Californians are being offered an...

June 2017

New York issues RFPs for renewable electricity

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) each issued requests for proposals (RFPs) for New...

June 2017

Hedges for wind projects: evaluating the options

With a dearth of traditional utility PPAs for US wind projects, project sponsors are evaluating alternative offtake arrangements.

June 2017

Financing energy storage projects: assessing risks

Technological and cost breakthroughs are expected to lead to rapid growth in the number of utility and behind-the-meter storage projects.

June 2017

Holdco loans: trends and issues

Most renewable energy projects in the United States are financed with a combination of equity, tax equity and debt.

June 2017

Tax change risk in tax equity deals

A review of 16 renewable energy tax equity deals since tax change risk became a major concern for tax equity investors after President Trump was elected shows that...

June 2017

Developers are watching two FERC proceedings

Two initiatives that have the potential to affect project developers are currently stalled at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but should start to move...

June 2017

Inverted leases

Inverted leases are a structure used to raise tax equity for renewable energy projects. The structure is used mainly in the solar rooftop market.

June 2017

WIFIA gears up

Forty-three entities have expressed interest in borrowing from the US government under a new WIFIA loan program administered by the US Environmental Protection...

June 2017

Environmental update

The US Environmental Protection Agency has begun a systematic process of withdrawing or modifying various Obama-era environmental regulations.

June 2017

In other news

Solar companies evaluate tariff options

Solar companies are evaluating what can be done to protect themselves against possible US tariffs on imported solar cells and panels.

June 2017

2017 PTC rates

Production tax credits for wind, geothermal and closed-loop biomass projects will increase slightly in 2017 from 2016 levels, the Internal Revenue Service said in...

June 2017

DOE asks money back

DOE wants a share of the sale proceeds from a project that was paid for partly with US government money.

June 2017

Utility-owned community solar project

A community solar project owned by a utility received a favorable tax ruling.

June 2017

Maryland storage credit

Energy storage systems will qualify for a tax credit in Maryland under a new law signed by the governor in May.

June 2017

Offshore wind costs fall

Offshore wind costs continue to fall.

June 2017

A wood-pellet MLP

A wood pellet company can operate as a master limited partnership, the IRS said.

June 2017

Arizona property taxes and rooftop solar

An Arizona Appeals Court said property taxes do not have to be paid on most rooftop solar systems in the state.

June 2017

Solar data

Solar surpassed wind for the first time last year in terms of new capacity additions worldwide.

June 2017

Wind data

US wind capacity stood at 84,143 megawatts at the end of March 2017, after developers installed almost 2,000 more megawatts in the first quarter.

June 2017

Recent IRS regulations in limbo

Recent US tax regulations remain in limbo.

June 2017

Minor memos

SSR, an independent investment research company, estimated in May that electrification of the entire 260 million US vehicle fleet would increase electricity demand...

June 2017


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