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Google Knol publishes our article entitled, “Washington, D.C. Energy Benchmarking Impacts Local Hotels”

June 16th, 2011 by Charles

In 2008, the city of Washington, D.C. was the first major city in the nation to mandate energy benchmarking.  In the years since then, several other cities have gained prominence as “green leaders” by creating stringent laws governing the scale and content of the energy benchmarking requirements, most notably New York1 and San Francisco.  However, we are now witnessing a bolstering of energy-efficient laws and resurgence in energy retrofits in the Washington, D.C., making the city a national energy pioneer once again.

Authors Charles Goulding and Spencer Marr examine the underlying tax implications of this resurgence here:

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Heatspring Learning Institute Summarizes Our Geothermal Industry Presentation

June 16th, 2011 by Charles

One of the founders of the Heatspring Learning Institute attended our presentation on geothermal project incentives in Boxborough, MA.  He has put together a summary regarding some of the lucrative programs that our firm helps process for this type of green technology.  You can read his review and summary here.

 

 

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Energy Tax Aspects of Warehouses in the Carolinas

June 14th, 2011 by Charles

The Carolinas have long been extremely important logistics centers because of their central position on the Eastern seaboard.  In recent years, both North and South Carolina have become distribution hubs since they offer companies low costs, good roads, and close proximity to the major airport hub between Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.  Carrying this momentum forward, many major distribution logistics companies, research facilities, and data processing centers have either recently opened very large warehouses and distribution infrastructure, or unveiled plans to do so.  Part of their logistics planning will necessarily involve a reduction in energy-related expenses.

Charles Goulding and Spencer Marr discuss the tax implications of this process here:

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The Energy Tax Aspects of Kentucky’s Warehouse and Manufacturing Base

June 1st, 2011 by Charles

The Kentucky Manufacturing Assistance Center (KMAC) recently reported on the status of Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, and emphasized the importance of sustainable product and process development alongside a focus on continuously improving operations to make them more cost effective.  By retrofitting existing manufacturing and warehouse facilities to make them more energy efficient, or building new facilities energy efficiently, manufacturing and warehouse owners can achieve KMAC’s goals while utilizing federal EPAct § 179D and Recovery and Reinvestment Act tax incentives.

Authors Charles Goulding and Spencer Marr explore the tax opportunities available to Kentucky manufacturers and warehouse owners in the following article:

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Google Knol publishes our newest article titled: “How to Claw Back and Augment Missed Industrial/Warehouse EPAct Tax Deductions”

May 31st, 2011 by Charles

Many property owners of warehouses, industrial buildings, truck distribution centers and self storage facilities missed the opportunity of capturing large economic benefits of $1.20 to $1.80 per square foot in EPAct tax deductions. A building owner can obtain these incentives through the installation of energy efficient lighting. This incentive has been available since January 1st, 2006. Many tax payers were not aware that they qualified for EPAct and missed obtaining their tax incentive. Recognizing this missed opportunity, the IRS issued Rev. Proc 2011-14, allowing taxpayers to claw back missed EPAct tax deductions and file and include them in a current tax return. More importantly, the IRS announcement enables property owners to use their prior EPAct achievements to make increasingly desirable energy reducing investments that many of these same property owners want to make.

View the full published article in Google Knol here by Charles R. Goulding and Christopher Winslow

 

 

 

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Google Knol publishes our newest article titled: EPAct Tax Planning for the Top Ten U.S. Solar States

May 31st, 2011 by Charles

The U.S. is experiencing a phenomenal increase in commercial solar P.V. installations. In terms of commercial projects, the ten states with the highest growth rates are California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, and Florida. In 2010, the U.S. market doubled in size. It is anticipated that the U.S. market will again double in size for the 2011 year. With that in mind, the U.S. will be one of the most promising solar P.V. growth markets in the world for the next two years. The largest building categories for solar P.V. installations are flat roof warehouse and industrial buildings.

Charles R. Goulding and Charles G. Goulding explain how EPAct 179D and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act an be incorporated into manufacturers’ tax planning here:

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Google Knol Publishes Our Article: Alternative Lighting Technologies Drive Large EPAct Tax Deductions for Parking Garages

March 9th, 2011 by Charles

Existing parking garages are moving quickly to retrofit to new-generation, longer-life, energy-saving lighting. The large, remaining but steadily declining, number of existing garages that still have prior generation metal halide and T-12 lighting need to move quickly to insure that all of this lighting is replaced by December 31, 2013. Upgrades to energy efficient T-8 flourescent lighting remain popular. However, LED parking garage retrofits have become very popular in high maintenance cost markets, particularly airports, where labor costs are very high. Maintenance costs are particularly high in long term and overnight parking environments such as hotels, casinos, airport car rental centers and passenger airport parking. Induction lighting may be a better alternative where the same maintenance cost savings are obtainable but the local utility rebate system offers higher rebates for proven induction technology. It is particularly important for garages in the mandatory benchmarking cities, including New York City, Washington, Austin, Seattle and California, to complete these retrofits. Delay means that garage owners users will see public disclosure making it apparent that part of their parking charge is funding excess energy costs.

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