Ruling Bodes Well For Disputed Energy Stimulus Grants

By Eric Kroh (April 9, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims last week indicated that the U.S. Department of the Treasury may have overstepped its authority by disallowing $1.5 million in alternative energy grants to a fuel cell company, a move experts say could portend similar outcomes in some two dozen other cases involving billions of dollars in disputed grants.

The cases involve the so-called Section 1603 alternative energy grants-in-lieu-of-tax-credits program, created by the 2009 stimulus law. Last week, the court ruled in the first 1603 case to be decided on the merits, saying in RP1 Fuel Cell LLC et al. v. U.S. that the department...

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