Construction & Energy Law
The Connecticut Law Tribune
Construction & Energy Law Special Section
Taking Renewable Energy Policy To The Next Level
By LEE D. HOFFMAN
When the governor and the General Assembly passed Public Act 11-80, An Act Concerning the Establishment of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Planning for Connecticut's Energy Future, it did far more than merge two state agencies under a single commissioner; it put Connecticut at the forefront of renewable energy development. By passing the act, Connecticut vaulted itself from an also-ran to one of the leaders in renewable energy programs, rivaling Massachusetts, New Jersey and California.
'Wrap-up' Insurance Buys Participants Greater Protection
By JEFFREY J. VITA and ERNESTO A. CASTILLO
In a number of states, including Connecticut, the analysis of workers' compensation "exclusivity" protection hinges upon statutory language conditioning such protection on the "purchase" of workers' compensation insurance. Accordingly, in such states parties to a wrap-up insurance program may be able to assert workers' compensation immunity to bodily injury claims raised by employees of downstream contractors.
Microgrids: Part Of A Macro-Solution?
By MICHAEL STROSSER and FLORENCE DAVIS
After storms last fall resulted in widespread power outages in Connecticut, policymakers explored ways to reduce the impact of similar events in the future. Recently enacted legislation, "An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response," is designed to help accomplish that goal.
Two Tax Incentives For The Construction Industry
By CRYSTAL A. GERMANESE
The Research and Development Credit and the 179D deduction are tax incentives available to companies in the construction industry that are often overlooked. Companies in the construction industry should consider whether these incentives would apply to their businesses before they unknowingly miss out on potential tax savings.