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Iowa Supreme Court Approves the Sale of Electricity from Solar Power.

On July 11, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling holding that the “behind the meter” direct sale of electricity generated from solar power (photo voltaic) arrays and using a power purchase agreement that sold the electricity on a cents-per-kWh basis did … Continue reading

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Get a Phase I before you buy that commercial real estate

I am still amazed that many commercial developers and their attorneys do not understand that the federal law regarding superfund liability has undergone drastic changes. When looking at buying commercial development property I frequently hear them say that they would … Continue reading

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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Fiscal Cliff Bill) Extends Wind, Cellulosic Ethanol, E15, and Ethanol Equipment tax credits

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, probably better described as the Fiscal Cliff Bill, extended several tax credit programs popular in Iowa and important to the continued development of alternative energy. Without congressional action, those tax credits would have expired … Continue reading

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Final 2012 CERCLA Update

Two recent developments will likely change the face of CERCLA liability as the year draws to a close. First, the EPA issued its new bona fide prospective purchaser (“BFPP”) guidance for tenants on December 5, 2012. The BFPP definition in … Continue reading

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RPM Access, LLC sells an equity stake in its Rippey Wind Farm to Google

RPM Access, LLC announced on November 15, 2012 that it will receive a $75 million equity investment in their Rippey Wind Farm from Google Inc. BrownWinick law firm attorneys, James Pray, Bradley Kruse and Philip Stoffregen represented RPM Access, LLC … Continue reading

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Speculation over what environmental initiatives the Obama Administration may propose during the next thirty days

With the election over, speculation is rising as to whether the Administration will use the lame duck session and the fractious fiscal cliff negotiations to seize the opportunity to rush through a number of environmental changes. Current speculation includes: 1. … Continue reading

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North Carolina to pass law outlawing the use of exponential math when making climate change calculations

The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill outlawing the use of exponential math calculations when calculating climate change impacts on sea level changes. Instead, scientists are required to use linear math. This legislative mandate ignores any advances in mathematics … Continue reading

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