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Anticipating Electricity Deregulation In Leases

At both the federal and state levels, the electric industry is undergoing profound changes as a result of deregulation, the effects of which are only beginning to be known. It will take a few years before the impact of deregulation is sorted out. Until then, there will be uncertainty and confusion for electricity consumers as they survey the new competitive landscape to find which offers from competing service providers make sense. Estimates of savings as a result of deregulation vary widely, but are often projected to range from ten percent to fifty percent savings. In a typical office building, electricity constitutes almost a third of its operating expenses and usually is the single most significant operating expense. With respect to malls and other retail establishments, over $5 billion is paid to utilities annually to cover electric heating and lighting costs.

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“Green” Income Tax Benefits for Commercial Property Owners and Designers

Over the past few years, Congress has extended and expanded several important income tax incentives for building, retrofitting and remodeling energy-efficient buildings, both residential and commercial. For owners, developers and designers of commercial buildings, one of the most significant of these tax incentives is the §179D deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings.

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Baltimore City Green Building Standards: New Regulations Pose Unanswered Questions

Baltimore City has been in the vanguard of jurisdictions implementing mandatory Green building standards for new construction and renovations. In 2007, the City Council passed a green building law requiring all newly constructed or extensively modified non-residential or specified multi-family buildings of at least 10,000 gross square feet of floor area achieve either LEED Silver Certification or certification under an equivalent energy and environmental design standard.

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Past Articles

Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Investor

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a new regulation…

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When “Going Green” Isn’t Attractive – MD Court of Special Appeals Determines HOA Architectural Commi

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals provides helpful guidelines to homeowners and HOAs in addressing…

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Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Clients

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a new regulation, Regulation…

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The Requirements and Impact of the Insurance Data Security Model Law

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommended that states pass the Insurance Data…

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SEC Imposes New Requirements for Brokers and Advisers in Adoption of Regulation Best Interest

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Regulation Best Interest,…

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