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Both Massachusetts and Feds Attempt to Spur R&D with Simplified Tax Credits

August 28th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

On August 13, a new economic development bill was signed into Massachusetts law by Governor Patrick. Among the many business development incentives was a restructuring of the Commonwealth’s research & development tax credit rules which is viewed by many as outdated and complicated.  The new bill will allow businesses to opt for a an alternative […]

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Even Baby Steps Result in Forward Progress

August 21st, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Rodman & Rodman expressed its hopes that passage of Bill H4185 in the Massachusetts House and Senate would permanently eliminate net metering caps for solar projects in the Commonwealth. In our opinion, H4185 was an extremely workable compromise that would have created strong solar investment to easily meet or exceed the Commonwealth’s 2020 PV solar goals, while […]

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The Battle Over Non-Competes Ends with Maintaining the Status Quo, For Now

August 5th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature came to an agreement on the state’s economic bill, which does not include any provisions relating to banning or limiting non-competes in Massachusetts.  Senate Bill 2231, which recently was amended to include a compromise in response to the call for a complete ban on non-competes in Massachusetts (and which would […]

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An Act Relative to Net Metering and Solar Power

July 19th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”  As a CPA firm with a specialty practice in renewable energy, the oft-asked question from a prospective client is “can you help us get financing?”  Due largely to the state’s policies providing net metering (credits for returning excess […]

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Banning Employee Non-Compete Agreements in MA – Compromise on the Horizon?

July 9th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Special Guest Column by Christopher W. Sanzone, Esq.,  Sanzone & McCarthy, LLP Various forces in Massachusetts have been trying to bring a well-known staple of California employment law – a ban on non-competes in the employment context – to the Bay State by introducing two bills this past spring in the state legislature (House Bills 4082 […]

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Cow Power to the People!

June 18th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

Last week, the Rodman & Rodman, P.C. “Green Team” had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new BGreen Anaerobic Digester at Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. The BGreen digester is the second waste-to-energy project completed by AGreen Energy LLC, a Rodman & Rodman tax advisory client. The first digester at the […]

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Will Tax Reform Help or Hurt the Renewable Energy Sector?

May 21st, 2014 by The Rodman Team

A popular buzzword on Capitol Hill these days is “tax reform.” Tax bills proposing to change existing law have recently been introduced. To date these bills would remove both the ITC and PTC as credits available to taxpayers. A new, emission-neutral credit has also been discussed, which would include nuclear power as an eligible technology. […]

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Obama Administration Unveils Aggressive New Strategy to Accelerate Solar Energy Deployment at White House “Solar Summit”

May 7th, 2014 by The Rodman Team

On April 17, at a White House “Solar Summit,” Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz and White House counselor, John Podesta announced major new initiatives to accelerate the growth of solar energy infrastructure to mitigate climate change. The program offers a wide variety of incentives and assistance programs, including: • A $15 million Solar Market Pathways funding […]

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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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