Renewable Energy & Energy Development

Public Service Commission Petitioned by NYSERDA To Fund Build-Ready Program

On June 5, 2020, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) petitioned the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval and funding of NYSERDA’s proposed Build-Ready Program, a program that would advance large-scale renewable energy projects by identifying sites that are consistent with New York’s standards and are made build-ready for…

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New York Solar Projects Face Compliance Challenges In Restarting Construction

All regions of New York State other than New York City have re-opened to construction activities, including residential and commercial solar energy projects.  While there are no specific guidelines for solar construction, the State has published detailed guidelines for all construction projects (the “Guidance”).  Projects must affirm their compliance with all State guidelines and post…

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Public Service Commission Issues Two Orders in Furtherance of Renewable Energy Growth

On May 14, 2020 the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued two orders designed to further State goals of rapidly expanding renewable energy development.  One, issued in Case No. 20-E-0197, is a preliminary order directing utilities and the Department of Public Service (DPS) to lay the transmission and distribution planning groundwork for achieving…

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New Presidential Executive Order Restricts Purchase of Bulk-Power System Equipment

On May 1st, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Securing the US Bulk-Power System.  The Executive Order prohibits certain transactions involving bulk-power system electric equipment and may have important consequences for renewable energy developers.  It also establishes a task force to address national security issues in energy-related procurement by federal agencies and in the…

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NY’s Governor Cuomo Signs Law Introducing One-Stop Shop for Renewable Energy Project Permitting

On April 3, 2020, with the passage of the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, New York adopted sweeping changes to the siting of large-scale renewable energy projects.[1] The new law will streamline and accelerate the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects, and is intended to help New York achieve the Climate…

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Renewables Developers: The Latest Stimulus Could Help You

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27.  It contains provisions that could provide relief to a wide variety of small businesses, including developers of renewable energy projects. Paycheck Protection Program The CARES Act implements a variety of programs to support small businesses, defined as businesses (including the self-employed,…

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