Over the past number of weeks, a variety of legislative proposals, from both sides of the aisle, have been released that, if enacted, could drastically impact the US energy industry and, in many cases, the taxation of energy in the United States. These proposals come on the heels of the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan

On March 31, 2021, the Biden administration released the American Jobs Plan (the “Infrastructure Plan”), which is a proposal that, if ultimately enacted, aims to modernize outdated infrastructure, create additional jobs and increase the United States’ global competitiveness. Alongside the Infrastructure Plan, the Biden administration released a Made in America Tax Plan (the “Tax Plan”),

On March 17, 2021, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The bill is intended to help develop infrastructure buildout to transport CO2 from the capture site to be used as feedstock for the manufacture of other products, to oilfields where it is injected to enhance oil recovery, or to underground storage locations.  CO2 capture projects are expensive and the EPA permitting process for storage facilities is lengthy.  Thus, project financing and permitting are key drivers to determine the speed and scope at which global climate goals with respect to greenhouse gas reduction are achieved.  The 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration incentivizes carbon capture but is not by itself economically sufficient to provide the necessary equipment and transportation infrastructure.

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The energy industry continues to evolve as sectors converge and as demand, supply and consumer preferences change. The global economy is shifting to lower-carbon sources of energy, coinciding with (or resulting from) a renewed focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. “Energy transition” is commonly used to describe the recent full-court press towards cleaner

Join Mayer Brown on April 6, 2021, for our Carbon Capture Use and Sequestration Boot Camp – from Feasibility to Execution. This comprehensive, interactive event will discuss the CCUS market, how to qualify for the Section 45Q tax credit, how to finance and structure CCUS projects, and the underlying commercial contracts that will be vital

In December of 2020, the US Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on like-kind exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Final Regulations, which generally apply to exchanges beginning after December 2, 2020, provide much-needed clarity for natural resource-related assets.

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Although the incoming Biden administration has put forth bits and pieces of a variety of potential tax reforms and incentives, two focus areas have clearly emerged—a reduction or rollback of certain provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and a focus on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions (while promoting US-based manufacturing). Policy

On January 6, 2021, the US Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued final regulations (T.D. 9944) (the “Final Regulations”) on the Section 45Q carbon capture tax credit (the “Carbon Credit”). The Final Regulations implement numerous provisions of the proposed regulations (REG-112339-19) (the “Proposed Regulations”) that were issued last year but contain certain investor-friendly changes and