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REsource: Fourth Quarter 2014


Fourth Quarter 2014

Policy Update

What do the upcoming adjournment of the House and the Senate along with changes in majority control mean for overall tax reform and energy tax policy? Our policy update explores the current state of policy changes and and the implications for the renewable energy industry.

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The IPO Is in the Details: Best Practices for Pre-Spinoff Yieldcos

The yieldco is an effective way of providing early backers with an exit strategy for clean energy projects that have become operational, while offering the public an opportunity to invest in a burgeoning industry. But moving from a portfolio of privately backed projects to publicly held company means taking on significant recordkeeping, reporting and compliance obligations. Investors looking to spin off a yieldco can make the transition a smooth one by having a full understanding of what is required and laying the foundation long before an IPO is contemplated.

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On the Line with…Bryan Garcia of CEFIA

In the past several years, several forward-thinking states have formed “green banks” to help move the economics of alternative energy from government-subsidy focused to being fully engaged in the private sector. Recently, Timothy Kemper, Co-National Director of CohnReznick’s Renewable Energy Industry Practice, spoke with Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of Connecticut’s green bank, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), about how green banks have been developing and how things look for the future.

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Guest Column: The Power of Partnership: Riding a $27 Million Wave

In each issue of our newsletter, we ask a guest columnist to offer front-line perspectives on the business, politics, and economics of renewable energy. In this issue, Blair Herbert of Kina‘ole Capital Partners talks about how his solar financing firm scaled up to its first major tax equity investment—and gave the firm’s name recognition a boost along the way. CohnReznick provided Kina‘ole with tax consulting and financial modeling for the deal, while Stoel Rives served as legal advisors.

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Special Report: The Evolving Landscape for EPCs in US Renewables

Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services firms play a significant role in the US renewable energy market. To provide insight into the current issues and economics of the EPC industry, CohnReznick and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have just released “The Evolving Landscape for EPCs in US Renewables.” The report, which was based on interviews and analysis of publicly available data, examines trends regarding costs, risk sharing, market segmentation, and other key topics.

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