In a shocking and potentially disastrous announcement on Friday, February 5, 2016, Michael Judge, the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), explained that the full capacity of the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (better known as SREC II) may have been reached for projects larger than 25 kW DC. Specifically, “DOER has qualified or received applications for over 854 MW DC of capacity” exceeding the program limit of 660.595 MW for such projects. If DOER’s reviews confirm that the program is full, new commercial solar projects in Massachusetts, already suffering under the severe
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Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application? Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)
ANDOVER, MA – Massachusetts has a robust package of liability protections and financial incentives for developers of properties, commonly known as “Brownfields,” which have been impacted by the presence or suspicion of environmental contamination. Due to the legacy of past uses, properties in areas across the state meet this definition. One of the best incentives that is available to “eligible persons” – parties who did not cause or contribute to the contamination or own or operate the property at the time of the contamination – is the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit program, operated by the Department of Revenue (DOR). This credit can
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on two Reading Cooperative Bank branches in North Reading and Wilmington, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 2015, the systems are already producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Cooperstown’s client was Park Middlesex LLC, the owner of the buildings. Reading Coop operates a bank branch at each location under long-term leases. The power produced by the rooftop solar PV arrays will be used on-site and is expected to provide approximately one-third of the electric power used at the properties.
For the fourth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics just released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, nearly two-thirds of the Brownfields tax credit recipients were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, according to the state’s Tax Credit Transparency Report. This report finds that most of the applications that were approved were prepared and submitted by the firm, reiterating Cooperstown’s long-established hegemony as the top firm in the Brownfield Tax Credit arena. The 2014 Massachusetts Tax Credit Transparency Report, which has been issued annually
As LSPs, we know that keeping track of policy changes is critical. Luckily for Cooperstown, our Project Manager Isaac Anderson co-chairs the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) Technical Practice Committee (TPC), a committee dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in the practice. Currently the TPC is partnering with MassDEP to streamline the telemetry reporting process for practitioners. Through this partnership, Mr. Anderson was involved with conducting a survey to evaluate how LSPs are currently using telemetry in response to recent changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). Mr. Anderson gave a presentation of the results of the survey at
Due to continued growth, Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has added Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Professional Geologist, Jim Young, to the Andover-based environmental consulting firm. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Mr. Young was in the original class of LSPs licensed upon creation of the program in 1993. LSPs are experienced professionals who oversee the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in Massachusetts under MGL c. 21E. Jim was elected by his peers and served as President of the LSP Association in 2010, and has been heavily involved in professional activities for many years, including authoring
A closely watched Massachusetts Superior Court case regarding Brownfields Tax Credit applications has been decided in favor of three Boston-area colleges, setting the stage for the schools to collect more than $16 million of the state tax credits. In 2012, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College each independently applied to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) for approval of their applications regarding environmental cleanups at the respective schools. Massachusetts has a Brownfields Tax Credit program, passed in 1998, that allows a credit for partial reimbursement of response costs for qualifying projects. In 2006, the state Legislature passed an amendment
Maybe you’ve heard: Boston is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom. According to the Boston Globe, we are in the third “great age of development” of the city, and this one, focused on residential development, has no rival in terms of construction volume. Not surprising, then, that real-estate site Trulia recently ranked Boston as the second hottest housing market of 2015. If you’re wondering whether demand for new construction has affected the environmental field, just ask anyone at Cooperstown Environmental. In Watertown, Mass., we are now or have recently been selected as the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) for eight
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Eric Andrews has joined the company as a Project Engineer. Eric graduated in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Previously, Eric worked on a variety of environmental remediation projects and has experience conducting different types of sampling and site monitoring. He has worked on sites monitoring multi-phase extraction systems and has assisted in running sub-slab depressurization system pilot testing. He has also prepared reports for Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) projects as well as completing excavation and cost estimates. Already, Eric has
Richard Nixon famously declared “When the President does it that means that it is not illegal.” The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) seems to have adapted this line of reasoning to justify its position in a current lawsuit regarding the denial of Brownfields Tax Credits for three Boston-area colleges. The case, now underway in Suffolk Superior Court (officially, Civil Action 2014-02617, Northeastern University, Trustees of Boston University and Wellesley College vs. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue), is scheduled for a hearing on October 1, 2015. Both sides have asked for summary judgment, as the facts are not in dispute. In essence,