Renewable Energy Projects: Maximizing Investment and Production Tax Credits

Strategies for Leveraging Federal Tax Benefits, Incentives and New IRS Guidance

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide counsel to companies considering or involved in renewable energy projects with guidance on the federal tax credits. The panel will also discuss the new IRS guidance and offer their best practices for taking advantage of the tax credits as part of tax planning on renewable energy projects.

Description

Federal tax credits are one of the primary financial incentives for owners of renewable energy projects, and the credits have been a key part of the rapid deployment of renewable energy across the U.S.

In December 2015, Congress extended the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, but Congress also provided for a ramp down of the credits towards the end of the extension period. Also, on May 5, 2016, the IRS released new guidance regarding the renewable energy tax credits. The guidance focuses on the "beginning of construction" requirement for renewable energy facilities to qualify for the PTC.

It is critical for developers and investors (and their counsel) to understand the law and guidance regarding these credits in order to ensure that the credits will be available with respect to their renewable energy projects.

Listen as our authoritative panel of energy tax professionals examines the benefits of the tax credits and discusses the recent law changes and IRS guidance. The panel will also offer considerations with regard to structuring equity investments in projects so that developers and investors can reap the benefits of the credits.

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Outline

  1. Tax credits
    1. ITC
    2. PTC
  2. Recent law changes and IRS guidance
  3. Tax equity structuring considerations

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How are key stakeholders, such as investors and developers, impacted by the ITC and PTC extension and ramp down?
  • How will financing structures for renewable energy projects change in light of the extension and IRS guidance?
  • What are the key steps for counsel seeking to take advantage of tax credits and incentives available to help finance renewable energy projects?

Faculty

Schockett, Paul
Paul Schockett

Counsel
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Mr. Schockett advises public and private companies on a broad range of U.S. federal income tax matters, with...  |  Read More

Jared H. Binstock
Jared H. Binstock

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Mr. Binstock advises public and private companies on a broad range of domestic and international U.S. federal income...  |  Read More

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