When Clean Energy Dark Clouds have a Green Lining

April 16th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

The 2013 data on global renewable energy investments has begun to drift in from the various think tanks that track this sector. On the surface the numbers are a bit disappointing. Worldwide investment dropped in the range of 11-14% from 2012 levels, and about 23% from the record levels of 2011. Comparing dollars to dollars, [...]

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New Bills Up for Vote in Massachusetts Legislature could Open New Investment Incentives and Business Opportunities

April 9th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

In 2014, Massachusetts has several key bills coming up for vote by the state legislature that would provide more incentives for renewable energy and cleantech investors, while stimulating cleantech sector growth and creating new jobs. Here are some of the new bills that top the priority list of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC).  [...]

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President’s New Methane Emissions Reduction Strategy Another Shot in the Arm for Anaerobic Digester Operators

April 2nd, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week, The Obama administration announced a new strategy to reduce methane emissions. This is the latest in a series of actions the White House has taken to address climate change. Although methane only accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is more than 20 times more potent than carbon [...]

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Additional Net Metering Opportunities Not Embraced by All

March 18th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its enthusiastic support for new legislation in Massachusetts that would provide electricity consumers with easier access to net metering. Net metering allows customers with PV solar systems to reduce their electric bills by sending excess electricity back to the grid at average retail rates. Not only [...]

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Home Owners Can Reap Credit on Renewable Energy

March 2nd, 2014 by The Rodman Team

When it comes to home ownership, the value of energy efficiency extends beyond tight windows and proper insulation. Federal tax credits allow taxpayers to claim a Residential Energy Efficient Property (REEP) Tax Credit for 30% of the cost of eligible solar water heaters, solar electric property, fuel cell property, small wind energy property, and geothermal [...]

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New York City Food Waste Recycling Law to Spur Growth of Biogas Industry

January 23rd, 2014 by The Rodman Team

According to a press release from the American Biogas Council, Shortly before the Christmas holiday, the New York City Council passed legislation requiring commercial food scraps from the largest food service establishments to be recycled. The new “Commercial Organic Waste” policy is similar to the legislation recently passed in Massachusetts, and follows the policies of [...]

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Say Goodbye to some Very Nice Tax Breaks

January 15th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Several federal income tax breaks for individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2013. Although we’re solidly into 2014, Congress has — so far — failed to extend many of tax savings opportunities that you’ve become accustomed to. (Some observers predict that Congress won’t act for months — perhaps even until after the November mid-term [...]

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First Year Write-Off Reduced in 2014

October 22nd, 2013 by The Rodman Team

Here’s a reminder for you and other business managers that, for tax years beginning in calendar year 2014 and beyond, in the absence of extending legislation, one major tax break for assets used in business scheduled to be drastically reduced. Also, for most assets placed in service in calendar year 2014 and beyond, another tax [...]

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New Hike in Net Investment Income Tax

October 4th, 2013 by The Rodman Team

Starting in 2013, high-income taxpayers will face a 3.8% additional Medicare contribution tax on net investment income (the net investment income tax). Here’s an overview of the new tax and steps you can take to reduce its impact. This tax is an extra tax that is imposed in addition to your regular income tax. You [...]

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