Public Service Commission Requests Comment on Community Host Benefit Program for Renewable Energy Projects
202006.02
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Public Service Commission Requests Comment on Community Host Benefit Program for Renewable Energy Projects

New York’s new renewable energy siting process requires renewable energy project developers provide a “host community benefit” to a municipality where a project is proposed to be sited. That benefit may be: (1) “a discount or credit on the utility bills of the utility’s customers in a renewable host community, or a compensatory or environmental…

New Renewable Energy Siting Process Passed Into Law Bypasses Community Engagement
202004.08
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New Renewable Energy Siting Process Passed Into Law Bypasses Community Engagement

The new renewable energy siting process proposed by Governor Cuomo was passed into law on April 3 as part of the budget bill. The new process, included in the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the “Act,” see Part JJJ), establishes an Office of Renewable Energy Siting (Siting Office) within the Department of…

The Public Service Commission Just Notified Us of an Article 10 Solar Project in Our Town. Now What?
202002.11
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The Public Service Commission Just Notified Us of an Article 10 Solar Project in Our Town. Now What?

The rumors started about a year ago. Reports that a developer was entering into solar energy agreements with the local farmers. As the Town Supervisor, you were approached by a developer about four months ago to meet about a proposed solar energy project. You and other town officials met with them and they talked about…