The “Ins and Outs” of Software Research and Development

Late last year a Research and Development case highlighted the importance of understanding the subtleties of qualifying software R&D claims. The case, the United States of America vs. Davenport, Civil Action No.: 3:09-CV-2455-L reached judgment in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division of the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the IRS over […]

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

H.R. 8, “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” passed the Senate and the House, with the President signing the bill on January 3, 2013. There were a number of business and energy tax extensions in the bill that included among others the extension and modification of the research (R&E) credit. The R&E credit has […]

Plant Services Introduces New Products

Thimble Puller BCP’s Plant Services Division has been working on fine tuning two new products that are immediately available for use by utility clients for their Incore Flux Thimble needs. The first is a lightweight hand tool called the ‘Thimble Puller’. The Puller is a manually operated device that can be used to aid in […]

Where’s the R&D as an Outcome of Fukushima?

Our last article focused on new EPA regulations that are prompting significant research and development activities for most utilities. We’ve also written in the past regarding the expected impact of the Japanese accident at Fukushima on the Nuclear Industry and new R&D that will be performed. Here’s an update on expected areas that will require […]

EPA 316(b) and Mercury Reduction Proposed Regulations and Associated R&D

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of proposed regulations; however, two in particular will present significant R&D opportunities for a number of utilities. With the addition of these two proposed rules, a number of electric generation facilities will be required to perform research to determine the best available technology (BAT) and/or combination of […]

Extending Nuclear Plant Life Beyond 60 Years

“Simply put, sound research is key to determining whether extended operation beyond 60 years can be safe and, if it can, what measures need to be taken to ensure safe operation. The industry must take the lead on these research activities.” U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman, The Honorable Gregory B. Jaczko[1] Although 61 nuclear plants […]

Will the R&D Tax Credit be made permanent?

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a new proposal to spur innovation and job creation through the simplification, expansion, and make permanent the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Per Sen. Gillibrand’s Press Release on January 28th, expanding the R&D Tax Credit would create more than 162,000 jobs nationwide, according to the Information Technology and Innovation […]